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People often have many questions about how they will get around through Peru, unsure of the distances between cities. Therefore, you will need to do your research and decide what places you want to visit in the magnificent Andean country and what flights to get there. Because one thing is for sure, the easiest and fast way to move inside Peru is by flight. Take note that Peru is cut like a knife by the Andes and its highways are undulating, inclined, and often pass through ravines as they cross the Andean mountain range, taking more time to get to your destiny. For this reason, the experts of Machu Travel Peru want to give you some advice on Peruvian Airlines, what is the best, tickets information, and even deals that can be offered.

Complete information about Peruvian Airlines, companies, flights, tickets, and more

Peruvian airlines news

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Peruvian airlines are 5. LATAM Peru is the main domestic airline, to get to most Peruvian cities, but is the most expensive, too. Those that do reach all cities are the low-cost Sky Airlines, Viva Air, and JetSmart. Conversely, Star Peru only flies to central and northern Peru. Besides these, Wayra is the most popular charter airline that offers private flights to the center and northern cities.

Unfortunately, tourism in Peru was one of the most affected industries around the world due to the pandemic, (low flow of passengers and travel due to the quarantines decreed worldwide) and the air sector was not immune to this affectation. The result? After 2021, Peruvian airlines national company stopped operating and disappeared from the map of domestic airlines, as an example. Of course, this was not the only one, LCP Peru company followed in its footsteps and Avianca international airlines had to return to Colombia. At least, the Colombian company announced its return to Peru in the future years. But, despite this panorama, other Peruvian airlines enter the domestic market with more competitive prices and a high-quality level, therefore, there is a good forecast for the future of the sector.

Is it expensive to travel through Peru?

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Let’s start by saying that Peru hasn’t a national airline company, (the last one was Aeroperu, which disappeared in 1999). In this way, many air companies are private and foreign, and, despite the existence of hard competition in the market, the costs of a flight ticket are usually not cheap. Even a domestic Peruvian flight can be more expensive than European domestic flights. But why? The answer can have origin in the high cost of fuel in the Andean country and the devaluation of the local currency (Soles) against the American Dollar. Of course, if you are a foreign visitant, with dollars in your pockets, you may not feel much of the cost difference, but rest assured that a local Peruvian will feel the blow.

Usually, Peruvian airlines have a domestic flight ticket that costs around $160.00 round trip, having Lima as starting point. Without considering the deals and period of discounts.

Not all Peruvian cities receive flights

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However, despite the high costs of flight tickets, Air travel is a quick and most time-efficient way of traveling around the country. Over the last few years, many new different Peruvian Airlines offer regular services to many of the major cities, but not to all.

For example, if you want to visit Titicaca Lake and know the majestic pre-Inca culture of Tiahuanaco, you have to arrive in Puno and the Altiplano city doesn’t have an airport. So, What can you do? You will have to land, first, in Juliaca city, located 01 hour and a half from Puno.

For this reason, the intercity bus network in Peru will be the solution in these cases.

Peruvian airline companies

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As we mentioned before, 5 commercial Peruvian airlines operate domestic routes inside of the Andean country, even some of them have interregional domestic flights (That means without making a stopover in Lima airport) Let us now go through some better airlines to give you some idea of which fare to purchase on your Peruvian journey.

Latam Peru

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LATAM Peru is a part of the LATAM Chile airline group. This airline is the oldest and has the bulk of the domestic market, carrying normally around 63% of the passengers per year. The airline flies to all the major Peruvian destinations and also has connections to all of South America and also flies to the United States, Mexico, Cuba, the Dominic Republic, Spain, and even Sydney, Australia. A ticket on LATAM Peru will be more expensive than some other airlines but has fewer delays. If you buy your ticket on the LATAM Airlines website, be careful to buy the tickets meant for non-Peruvians, as you will be hit with a tax at the airport.

The only disadvantage is that LATAM Peru doesn’t have interregional flights. So, for example, if you want to move from Cusco to Arequipa, you’ll have to make a stopover in Lima. Therefore, you’ll have to plan about things to do on long flights if you choose a flight with LATAM.


Sky Airlines

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This is a Chilean company with a filial in Peru. It operates the second-largest number of flight frequencies, after LATAM. The air company gets to Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cusco, Iquitos, Juliaca, Pucallpa, Puerto Maldonado, Piura, Tumbes, Tarapoto and Trujillo. Also, it offers interregional domestic flights from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado, among others.

Without mentioning that offers international direct flights to Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, and the Dominic Republic.

An important note is saying that Sky Airlines is a low-cost airline. What is it meaning? Well, the base price includes the same service of transportation, a seat on the airplane, and the right to carry a little bag of your personal things. If you want to choose your seat on the plane, take bigger luggage, or buy food on board, you will have to pay an additional for each one of them, increasing your ticket flying cost.

Even so, this is a cheap Peruvian airline with good service. Therefore, if you want to move inside Peru with a good quality-price balance, Sky Airlines can be your best option.


Viva Air

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Among Peruvian airlines, Viva Air has its origin in Europe. The Irelandia Aviation is the world’s leading developer of low-cost airlines with a base in Dublin, Ireland. The investment fund is the owner of 6 low-cost airlines in the world, including Ryanair, Tiger Airways in Australia and Singapore, Allegiant in the United States, Viva Aerobus in Mexico, Viva Air Colombia, and Viva Air Peru.

As a low-cost airline, having a similar condition of purchasing flight tickets to Sky Airlines, the services of choosing seats, the possibility of carrying bigger luggage, and food onboard inter alia, have to be paid apart from the base ticket cost. The only difference with Sky Airlines is that it only offers the domestic flight Lima – Cusco, round trip. In other words, this doesn’t get to other Peruvian cities. But offer direct International flights to Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, The Dominic Republic, and the United States. The cost of tickets is similar to Sky Airlines and less than LATAM Peru.



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JetSmart is the new low-cost airline coming to Peru in 2022. And, at the moment, it has the most successful entry into the Peruvian market of an airline in the history of the Andean country, establishing the lowest ticket cost. The airline of American investment founds has partners around the world, like Wizz Air (Europe), Volaris (Mexico), Frontier Airlines (United States) y Cebu Pacific (Asia). Nowadays, it flights to Iquitos, Tarapoto, Talara, Piura, Cajamarca, Trujillo, Cusco, Juliaca and Arequipa. Also, JetSmart offers international direct flights to Chile and Argentina.

Among Peruvian airlines, JetSmart is the cheapest airline and the best way to travel in Peru at the moment, with competitive rates and good quality of service. It is due to its recent entry into the Peruvian market. Therefore, is a good option if you want to fly around Peru this 2022.


Star Peru

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Another Peruvian airline is Star Peru. Being one of the smaller airlines, its routes are limited. The airline flies from Lima to Cajamarca, Chiclayo, Huanuco, Iquitos, Pucallpa and Tarapoto. In recent years, it has lost some of its market shares due to delays and flight cancelations. Before, they flew to Cusco and the entire Peruvian South. The airline has no international flights and has some of the cheapest flights in the Peruvian flight market.

If we had to make Peruvian airlines ranking, Star Peru could be situated in the first place regarding lateness and cancellation of services, despite having low cost on some of its routes, take it into consideration.


Tourist overflight companies

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Besides these commercial Peruvian airlines described before, Peru has tourist overflight companies that operate inside cities without leaving these, many times overflowing tourist attractions or archeological zones. This is the case for the following companies.

  • Aero Nazca: It is the most popular in its category and overflight the Nazca Lines. The small planes depart and return from Maria Reiche Neumann Aerodrome, every day with tourists who want to be amazed by the beauty and mystery of these lines.
  • Aero Condor: Not long ago, this airline operated Peruvian domestic flights, however, the Peruvian Ministry of Transport and Communications withdrew its authorization for finding its large-bodied aircraft outdated. From this fact, the company began to operate tourist overflights in Ica (Nazca lines, the Dunes, the Calendar, the Palpa Lines, Independence Bay, Punta Paracas, and San Juan de Marcona). Arequipa (Volcanes valley, Colca valley, and Chivay), Titicaca Lake in Puno, Chan-Chan in La Libertad region and Sipán, Huaca Rajada and Poémape in Lambayeque.
  • Aero Diana: This is another air company that overflights the Nazca lines, join Aero Nazca and Aero Condor. Although Aero Nazca has a higher flight frequency, according to opinions on TripAdvisor Aero Diana has the best quality of service, modern float, and qualified personnel. Definitely, the best option to appreciate the Nazca lines.
  • Aero Ica: Aero Ica is the most ancient overflight airline in the Nazca region. The company has the Marie Reiche aerodrome and Las Dunas – Ica airport, as its headquarters. Nowadays, the airline still operates the Nazca lines overflight route.

Peruvian deals flight

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Here you’ll have tips for booking cheap flights. Usually, the low-cost Peruvian airlines make offers of cheap tickets at the month ends. However, big companies like LATAM reduce their prices during national campaigns like other e-commerce companies, for example in the CyberWow (the last days of April), and Cyber Monday (The last Monday of November) you will find deals on ticket flights. On the other hand, if you want to buy a flight ticket during a normal period, we suggest you choose your arrival and landing days between Tuesday to Thursday because these are weekdays and not many people travel in. In opposite, from Friday to Sunday, the people often travel and the ticket cost for these days will be expensive.


We hope we have helped you with your airline choices if you are planning a trip to Peru. As you can see, there are a variety of airlines to choose from, depending on your budget and your destination. Book your tour to Peru today a memory to last a lifetime. In this way, you have no excuses for not reaching your Peruvian destination and get unforgettable remembers. And remember that the experts of Machu Travel Peru are ready to assist you with any Peruvian destination that you want to visit.

Peru has so much to offer, it can be hard to know where to start. With many years of experience in the tourism sector, Machu Travel Peru is happy to help with anything regarding your trip to Machu Picchu and any tours around it. Make your Machu Picchu experience an unforgettable one!