At least two groups, comprised of Peruvian capital, are interested in entering the air travel industry in Peru, whose market is dominated by a subsidiary of LAN Chile, said Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, José Luis Silva.
The minister did not mention the names of the groups, but confirmed that they were already "renting or buying aircrafts" to start operating in the country.
"We’ve have conversations with two companies, two business groups who are interested, and now even one of them has approval from the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) to start flying," he said in an interview with TV station Canal N.
Silva said both companies had "national capital" and the goal for the new airlines was to operate flights to remote destinations, in addition to covering major cities like Cusco and Arequipa, two of the most important routes frequented by tourists.
According to Gestión, representatives of the Peruvian Ministry of Transport and Communications were not immediately available to provide further details on the subject.
At his inauguration President Ollanta Humala said he would promote the creation of a "national flag carrier" with private and state capital, to cover routes not currently served by the business sector.
Chile\‘s LAN, one of the largest operator in Latin America, has a 60 per cent share of the national market in Peru.
They are followed by Peruvian Airlines with 16% and Star Peru with 13%.