Airport pledge for Cusco
Peru will seek to build an international airport near the southern city of Cusco, a tourist magnet that has long suffered from being unable to receive major flights from abroad, President Ollanta Humala said last week.
“I will ask Congress to pass a law to build an international airport in Cusco, and I ask for progress to be made on land purchases to that end,” Humala said in a speech.
Currently, foreign travellers must first stop in Lima before flying to Cusco and on to the fabled Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
There is a small airport in Cusco mainly for domestic flights, but it is surrounded by mountains and is too small for large aircraft.
The Cusco area welcomes about 3,000 tourists a day, many of whom are headed for Machu Picchu.