The Minister of Transport and Communications of Perú, Eduardo González, was present supervising the first works of the Chinchero International Airport, which will receive more than 5 million passengers per year.
The visit and supervision of the head of the MTC at the beginning of the works of the new air terminal belonging to Chinchero, 15 kilometers from Cusco, was carried out together with the Deputy Minister of Transport, Paul Caiguaray, followed by the local and regional authorities who were present in the place.
The comprehensive construction project of the airport, which is located in the province of Urubamba and which will have its runway at 3,700 meters above sea level, is developed as a public work under the modality of a State-to-State contract and consists of 4 phases:
- Phase 1: review of the Final Engineering Study (EDI for its initials in Spanish) and conversion into a technical file for bidding
- Phase 2: Management of tenders for the execution and supervision of the project
- Phase 3: comprehensive execution of the project and assistance for the administration of the work contract
- Phase 4: commissioning
It is momentarily going through phase 2 and it is close to carrying out the bidding for the main works. As part of phase 3, interventions are also carried out that include the first ground movement and the shaping of the platform where the camp areas for the workers will be located.
The Chinchero Consortium, made up of the companies Hyundai Engineering & Construction and HV Contratistas, is in charge of carrying out the ground movement works and so far excavations of approximately 172,000 m3 have been carried out, with more than 90 yellow line equipment in the area of work.
In the same way that more than 5 million passengers are expected each year, Minister Eduardo González believes that this new air terminal will be key to the economic reactivation of the entire region, creating new direct and indirect jobs and benefiting more than 1 million people in different service sectors: tourism, gastronomy, transport, and hotels among others.
«The airport is moving forward and we are sure that in 2025 it will be put into service so that national and international flights arrive here bringing hundreds of thousands of tourists who will travel not only to Machu Picchu but also to other locations that are part of the cultural heritage of the Cusco. In the coming weeks we will be calling for access to Chinchero, which is also a key work,» said the head of the MTC.
It is expected that the airport can receive flights from abroad directly, without having to go through the Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM), with a capacity 60% bigger than that of the current airport in the city of Cusco, transporting between 4.5 and 5.7 million passengers per year, such as from Miami, Mexico, Panama City, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Bogotá, La Paz and Quito.