Peru unveils incentives for Asian flights

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The Peruvian government has announced plans to activate in 2011 a number of special incentives to attract direct flights from Japan, Korea and China after signing free trade agreements with those countries.

According to the Peruvian Ministry of Industry and Tourism, it has signed a pact with the state owned airport supervisory body Corpac as well as the concession holder of Lima's Jorge Chavez International airport, Lima Airport Partners, to offer airlines starting new routes to these three Asian countries airport fee reductions of up to 100% for 24 months.

A ministry source explains that "while no concrete route or operator has been confirmed yet", he expects to have a first announcement "in early 2011".

Peru's Asian route aspirations seem realistic as Peru has been one of the fastest growing Latin American economies. The country also has a sizeable Japanese population that Varig catered to almost a decade ago through a Sao Paulo-Lima-Los Angeles-Tokyo routing.