Domestic Flights in Peru
Domestic Flights in Peru
Something we get asked very frequently is domestic flights in Peru. Please, allow us to tell you a bit about the ways to fly around.
Currently, there are 4 known airlines flying domestically in Peru: LATAM, Avianca, Peruvian Airlines and StarPeru. These 4 airlines have a good reputation and a clean record of zero accidents in the past decades. Therefore, you also have the option for low cost flights with LC Peru and Viva Air, which specialize in low fares providing less quality of service. This option might be for those budget travelers who are seeking to save some money!
Take in mind that for any domestic flight in Peru you’re most likely to stop at Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima, as well as for connecting flights overseas. Before you choose one of the airlines we mentioned, you should evaluate the benefits and downside of each one. Here’s a quick review of each airline:
Flying to 15 different destinations in our country, LATAM has made a name for itself as the airline with the highest frequency of domestic flights in Peru. It is probably the airline with biggest and most modern plane fleet in the country. As a member of OneWorld, LATAM is also known to fulfill the highest standards of safety and customer service. Take a look:
Pros: Flight frequencies, modern planes, great inflight service, a reputation for safety onboard, constant innovation, sustainability programs, snack onboard
Cons: For domestic flights, promotional rates are only applicable to Peruvian residents, which means prices are can be high for foreigners.
Destinations: Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Chiclayo, Cusco, Iquitos, Lima, Piura, Puerto Maldonado, Pucallpa, Puno, Tacna, Tarapoto, Trujillo, Tumbes.
Although Avianca has less flight frequencies than LAN, it is quickly strengthening its reputation as another leading airline in Peru. A member of Star Alliance, Avianca also complies with the highest standards in terms of safety, innovation and customer service. Plus, it has a really good loyalty program for frequent flyers, Lifemiles, which allows you to earn miles and redeem them for flights in any Star Alliance airline, hotel nights, tours and activities, gifts, and so on.
Pros: Modern plane fleet, overall excellent passenger experience, both airport and flight services run very smoothly, great frequent flyer program, snack onboard
Cons: Like LAN, promotional rates for certain flights are only applicable to Peruvian residents.
Destinations: Arequipa, Chiclayo, Cusco, Iquitos, Lima, Piura, Puerto Maldonado, Puno, Tarapoto, Trujillo
Peruvian Airlines is generally cheaper than LAN and Avianca; however its plane fleet is much smaller and it is only just being renewed. At present, Peruvian Airlines only flies domestically but it is expected to launch international flights to South and Central American cities in the nearby future.
Pros: Promotional rates are applicable to both Peruvians and foreigners, no penalties charged if you need to modify your flight dates, snack onboard
Cons: Some outdated airplanes, needs to work on better flight technology. There are cases when, due to bad weather conditions such as rain or dense fog, Peruvian Airlines’ aircrafts cannot take off, but LAN and Avianca do because they have better radar equipment. This means Peruvian Airlines has a higher rate of delayed or cancelled flights than LAN or Avianca.
Destinations: Arequipa, Cusco, Iquitos, Lima, Piura, Pucallpa, Tacna, Tarapoto
StarPeru is the smallest of all four airlines. However, there’s no reason not to recommend it: smiling crews, snacks onboard… It’s generally perceived as an “ok” airline, overall much cheaper than LAN or Avianca. Like Peruvian Airlines, StarPeru only has domestic flights within Peru.
Pros: Decent airfares for both Peruvians and foreigners, small waiting lines, good flight schedules, small but comfortable planes, friendly crew
Cons: Difficult to book tickets online, aged airline fleet, lack of inflight entertainment, most flights have stops
Destinations: Ayacucho, Cusco, Huánuco, Iquitos, Lima, Pucallpa, Puerto Maldonado, Tarapoto
A Peruvian Airline that started to offer domestic flights in Peru around 15 years ago. They weren’t known as the other brands because LC Peru used to be a cargo agent.
Pros: Economic prices
Cons: The quality of service is low comparing with the bigger airlines like LATAM and Avianca. Flight time are sold quick so you might book it in advance to find a spot. You might experience delayed flights without notice.
Destinations: Andahuaylillas, Ayacucho, Cusco, Lima, Pucallpa, Arequipa, Chiclayo, Huánuco, Tingo María, Huaraz, Cajamarca, Jauja and Trujillo.
Considered as a sister airline with Viva Colombia, Viva Air is the newest and first low-cost airline in Peru. Its prices are low-competitive and it targets, mostly, Peruvian that are looking for quick breaks inside Peru or those who would like to visit their family and friends. Currently, they only operate 2 types of planes Airbus A320 with a capacity of 180 pax.
Pros: Low and standardized prices according to each destination.
Cons: New airline and not well positioned as the bigger one. Snacks are not included during the flight. Thus, it might have some delays due to high demand to transited destinations.
Destinations: Cusco, Arequipa, Piura, Iquitos, Tarapoto, Trujillo and Chiclayo