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Cusco authorities praise plans for new international airport
Jorge Chavez International Airport (Photo: Andina/Reference)
By Manuel Vigo
July 31, 2012
This week Cusco authorities praised President Humala’s recent announcement that his administration would back the purchase of land needed for the construction of the region’s new international airport.
Regional President of Cusco Jorge Acurio Tito said the announcement had been long awaited.
"The Chinchero airport has been a very important announcement. The president has understood the cry, the desire and demand of the people of Cusco, and now he has said its name,” Acurio said according to Andina.
During Humala’s presidential address last Saturday, he announced the government had formally started “the investment process to carry out this airport infrastructure, in the country’s main tourist destination.”
"It shows the seriousness with which he took the people’s demand," Acurio said of Humala announcement.
Congresswoman Julia Teves said the new airport would greatly benefit Cusco’s tourism industry, and “allow the economy to develop substantially in favor of the neediest people.”
"It is a great satisfaction for all in Cusco. We’ve been waiting for this project for 40 years; it will multiply the number of visitors in the region, which will be very beneficial,” she added.
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Total coments: 3
Commented By: bhak1
On: July 31, 2012. 7:41 pm
I'm happy for Cusco, I just hope it doesn't become more touristy than it already is. When I was there I was pretty bothered by the fact that it was easier to find pizza and burgers than cuy. Glass pipes being pushed in really crappy Quechua by a Dutch hippy just bugged me ever more.
Commented By: tomasb
On: August 2, 2012. 10:05 pm
Are they going to have light rail into Cusco? What are the chances?
Commented By: em
On: August 4, 2012. 11:03 am
I am very sorry that this decision has been taken - it will destroy the beautiful environment of Chinchero.
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