Lima, Peru is quickly becoming the gateway for many airlines to fly to and from South America. From Lima you can fly direct to nearly anywhere in North, Central, or South America. Lima is the hub for air travel on South America’s Pacific coast. Here’s is a breakdown of every airline that flies in and out of Jorge Chavez International airport in Callao, twenty minutes form downtown Lima and about thirty minutes from the tourist center of Miraflores.
North American Airlines that fly to Lima, Peru
Spirit Airlines – Spirit airlines launched service between Lima, Peru and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in June of 2007. Flights have been found for as little as $40 each way with taxes, although $250 each way with taxes is more common. Lima used to be the only South American destination Spirit flies to, however, flights to Colombia from Ft. Lauderdale have were added in 2008.
Air Canada – Air Canada has flights between Toronto and Lima, that often stop in Atlanta.
American Airlines – American flies direct to Miami and has connecting flights across the United States.
Delta – Delta airlines recently added a second daily flight between Lima’s airport and their hub in Atlanta.
Continental – Continental flies direct to Houston from Lima. You can sometimes find a lower rate if you travel with Copa Airlines on Continental planes, although a stop in Panama City is likely.
South and Central American Airlines that fly to Lima, Peru
AeroPostal - Apart from Spirit, Aeropostal has the cheapest one way flights to Miami, all of which will go through to Caracas. The flights depart just after midnight and run several times per week. From Caracas you can also fly cheaply to Havana, Cuba, Aruba, or other Caribbean destinations. UPDATE: Aeropostal no longer flies to Lima.
Copa Airlines – The Panamanian air carrier Copa has direct service between Lima and Panama City, sometimes stopping in San Jose or Guayaquil depending on the flight. Copa offers some of the lowest fares between Lima and the US as well. Connecting flights in Panama City can fly to Houston, Texas with Continental.
LAN Airlines – LAN has the most flights to and from Lima, Peru. LAN flies direct to Santiago, Chile, locations in Brazil and Argentina, Quito and Guayaquil, Miami, Newark, and several destinations in Central America. LAN also has the most domestic flights within Peru, so if you want to head to Cuzco and skip Lima altogether, LAN is a good option and their international flights tend to have the best service of any airline.LAB – Lloyd Aero Boliviano, or LAB, has direct service between Lima and the Bolivian cities ofÂ La Paz and Santa Cruz. Recently, they have added flights between La Paz and Cuzco.
TACA – The Costa Rican air carrier has made Lima it’s South American hub. Flights go direct to SÃo Paulo, Santiago, Guayaquil, San Jose, San Salvador and Miami. They are also the only other long distance carrier outside of LAN that flies to Cuzco.
Avianca - The Colombian airline has direct flights to Bogota and to destinations in Central America from Lima, with connecting flights to New York and Miami.
European Airlines that fly to Lima, Peru
KLM KLM launched a direct service between Lima and Amsterdam, Holland, the longest direct flight from Lima.
Air France – French air carrier Air France offers direct service between Lima and Paris, with connecting flights across Europe.
Air Madrid, Iberia, and Air Comet – These airlines all offer flights between Lima and Madrid, Spain.
British Airways – Flights may stop in the US, however, also fly direct to London from Lima.
Writer and photographer Nicholas Gill is the editor/publisher of New World Review. He lives in Lima, Peru and Brooklyn, New York. His work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, CondeNast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Afar, and Penthouse. Visit his personal website (nicholas-gill.com) for more information.