The airport city that is being built in the country will consist of four spaces: North Head, Santa Rosa, Gambetta and Faucett. Source: Andean.
Jorge Chávez International Airport is in the final stage of becoming the first airport city in South America. Its new air terminal, scheduled to open in January 2025, will be a modern infrastructure with landing and takeoff strips integrated into its design.
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The new air terminal will have numerous facilities for both aeronautical and non-aeronautical activities. These will include logistics and cargo areas, hangars, offices, warehouses, parking lots, hotels, shops and more. Although its operation will begin in 2025, the airport city is expected to continue its modernization process until 2051, according to an article by Agencia Andina.
The new airport, with an approximate area of 900 hectares (equivalent to the district of Miraflores), will have two runways for landing and takeoff, a new control tower and a single passenger terminal, along with various service and commercial areas.
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According to Lorena Trelles, representative of Lima Airport Partners (LAP), told Agencia Andina, that the investment in the expansion works of the project exceeds USD 2,000 million. The objective is to turn the Jorge Chávez Airport into a commercial exchange platform perfectly integrated with the city.
Last April, the new 65-meter-high control tower and the second 3,480-meter-long runway were put into operation. In addition, a network of more than 10 kilometers of new taxiways, approach lights and beacon systems has been built. The second runway has modern asphalt and will be used progressively, as established by the competent authorities.
“The new Jorge Chávez International Airport is preparing to be a safe, friendly and sustainable space for all its passengers. This new 900-hectare infrastructure will have a new location system, which includes video content analysis and detection sensors around the perimeter of the entire airport,” the spokesperson highlighted.
In addition, the executive revealed that the entry of external vehicles into the parking lot will be controlled and their movement and time spent will be monitored. By reading the license plate, the system will generate an alert if it detects any problem, in coordination with the Peruvian National Police.
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Also, the LAP representative indicated that the entire airport infrastructure will be “smart”, since it will have a centralized control system for the different airport buildings to turn them into true “smart buildings”.
Infobae interviewed Emilio Parada, manager of Commercial Strategy and Marketing at Lima Airport Partners (LAP), who told us that, in 2023, LAP, operator of the Jorge Chávez Airport, aims to reach traffic levels close to pre-pandemic, however, the country’s social situation and the impact on airport facilities could slow down the expected growth. Carlo Fernández C. / Infobae.
“This platform will allow the airport to control and manage, through a single system, variables as diverse as: lighting, alarms, climate, energy, security, among others. In addition, the system delivers the energy information that the organization requires to identify possible sources of improvement and thus recover energy costs, through the efficient use of resources”, Trelles remarked.
According to Trelles, the new single passenger terminal has reached a 36% progress in its construction and 71% in infrastructure. This terminal will consist of five floors (a basement and four floors) and three jetties for passenger boarding and disembarkation: one exclusive for domestic flights, another for international flights, and a central mixed-use jetty.
“The design of the terminal is modern and is inspired by the Nasca culture, in the shape of a hummingbird. It will be the first airport in South America to have seismic isolation devices, technology that protects the structure from seismic movements,” said the executive.
Jorge Chávez Airport opened its runway
According to schedules, the terminal’s construction progress is expected to reach 68% by the end of this year. Currently, the work employs more than 15,000 people, with 20% of unskilled labor coming from the local community of the Area of Direct Influence (AID), and the hiring of qualified labor from the Callao region is prioritized.
The new single passenger terminal will start operating in January 2025, meeting the optimal service standards of the IATA Manual (International Air Transport Association) and will have an approximate capacity of 30 million passengers per year, with a constructed area of 210,000 square meters. . It should be noted that the current Jorge Chávez Airport has a capacity of 15 million passengers per year, but in 2022 it received 18 million.
LAP plans, 15 months after inauguration, to put additional areas into service to increase the airport’s capacity to approximately 40 million passengers per year.