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Peru could be airline hub in South America for Korean Air

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A representative from Korean Air said the airline was evaluating the possibility of choosing Lima as a passengers and freight hub in South America.

Peru could be airline hub in South America for Korean Air

(Photo: Andina/Percy Hurtado)

On Wednesday a representative from Korean Air said the airline was evaluating the possibility of choosing Lima as a passengers and freight hub in South America.


According to John Jackson, sales and marketing VP for the Americas, said because of its location, the Peruvian capital represented an attractive market to consider for flights between the Republic of Korea and Peru, but because of the distance would involve a stop over.


Jackson explained that information about the Peruvian aviation market and the increase in Asian tourists in Peru had been exchanged during a meeting between Korean Air directors and Peruvian Minister of Transport and Communications, Carlos Paredes, and Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Jose Luis Silva,


Jackson said recent years had seen significant growth in Asian passengers traveling to Peru, which represented a chance for Korean Air to examine the market.


In the last six months approximately 6,000 Korean tourists visited Peru, so did 20,000 Chinese tourists and 6,000 Japanese.


"It\‘s an important market for us because we can bring passengers from Tokyo, China and Korea," he told Andina news agency.


He added that they would evaluate the possibility of applying for air routes to Peru, but because of the distance a stop over would have to be established between Seoul and Lima, which could be Los Angeles or Mexico.


He said Korean Air would assess the market demand and sales figures generated through the Billing and Settlement Plan in the coming months.