Airports need to adapt to the market’s demand

ACI-LAC celebrates the Lima Airport Partners leading development project at Jorge Chávez International Airport (AIJC), which is crucial for Peru’s social and economic development, as well as for Lima’s competitiveness as a major logistics and business hub in Latin America.
The pandemic has caused the greatest drop in passenger traffic in aviation history. Given the situation and the great uncertainty about the aviation sector’s recovery, 2019 traffic projections are no longer valid. Today, airports in Latin America and the Caribbean face the great challenge of adapting their operations, structures, and forecasts in search of sustainable solutions to continue their operations and recover the airport industry.
The unprecedented crisis that international air transport has suffered due to the pandemic has demonstrated the need for airport operators to adapt to the changing needs of the industry. Faced with this situation, LAP has updated its development plan to allow for medium-term operational flexibility with the temporary operation of two terminals. This operating modality, which is typical of large intercontinental hubs, maximizes the efficient use of existing infrastructure.
“What LAP is proposing is precisely to have a temporary dual operation that will grow modularly according to demand, in line with the largest and best airports in the world,” said Dr. Rafael Echevarne, ACI’s General Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Air transport is in the midst of an evolutionary process. In addition to the pandemic, we are immersed in a true technological revolution to adapt to climate change in the aircraft propulsion systems and the energy needs of air terminals. Likewise, new air transport models such as drones and eVTOLs are rethinking the role of airports as multimodal hubs. In the face of these new challenges, operational flexibility is essential for airports and the cities and regions they serve to position themselves for success.
LAP is taking this changing landscape and the new realities of the industry into consideration and adapting with a project that has environmental, social and economic sustainability for all stakeholders as a main objective.
“We consider that changes in the industry, technological advances, and many other factors in the global environment are factors that determine the modifications in the development of an airport that must meet the needs of a changing and developing World” added Dr. Echevarne.
Jorge Chávez International Airport will be world class, with two independent parallel runways in 2022 and a second passenger terminal in 2025 that will allow the successful positioning of Lima, and Peru, in the socio-economic panorama of Latin America.

Author: ACI-LAC