Being a large country, traveling in Peru means using several domestic flights to get from one side of the country to the other. With over 20 domestic airports and airfields all over the country, it is no surprise that there are a lot of domestic flights and hence airlines.
These airlines all decide for themselves which routes are the more interesting (read profitable) ones which ones aren’t. This means that routes constantly change as well as the airlines serving them. Following we will give a quick overview of the airlines available in Peru.
LATAM or formerly called LAN is an international Chilean airline that operates the highest number of flights and connections in Peru as well as one of the larger international flight provider to Peru. LATAM offers dozens of destinations in Peru such as Cusco, Arequipa, Puerto Maldonado, Juliaca, Iquitos, Trujillo and Tumbes. For popular destinations such as Cusco the airline offers dozens of flights daily. Prices for LATAM are slightly more elevated than for the other airlines but the airline has the least amount of issues with cancelled or delayed flights.
Avianca is a Colombian Airline with years presence in Peru. They used to cover the most of the country but recently have decided to turn down their domestic connections in Peru a notch in favour of more international connections. From March 31, 2019 onward Avianca will only be operating between Lima and Cusco for about 5 frequencies daily.
Star Peru is a local Peruvian airline that was created in the early 2000. The airline offers smaller planes but serves a lot of local destinations among which Lima, Cusco, Iquitos, Puerto Maldonado and Tarapoto. They have several frequencies daily between Cusco and Lima but most other routes have one flight a day. Star Peru is one of the airlines that still uses propeller planes for some routes.
Peruvian Airlines is a local Peruvian carrier that has been operating for about 10 years. The airline covers several of the most important domestic destinations such as Lima, Cusco, Arequipa and Iquitos. The airline also serves several smaller airports in Peru such as Jauja, Tarapoto, Pucallpa and Ilo. Since last year they also operate an international connection from Cusco to La Paz. The airline unfortunately at times struggles with delays and mechanical issues.
LC Peru is a smaller local airline that offers some flights to popular destinations such as Lima and Cusco but also have several flights to smaller airports in the country such as Jauja, Pucallpa, Tingo Maria and Tacna. The airline still uses some propeller planes for some routes and due to little frequencies can suffer from delays or cancellations.
ATSA is a small airline that used to be specialized in charter planes for Peru. Nowadays they also have one commercial route between Lima and Chachapoyas. For now they are the only airline offering this route. Planes are smaller type planes, often with propellers.
Sky Air is a Chilean Low Cost Carrier that has recently included Peru in their operations. For the moment they are not offering many routes of frequencies but this will increment over time. Prices are cheap but they do work according low cost carrier systems with additional luggage payments among others.
Viva Air is a new Colombian Low Cost Carrier that started operating in 2018 in Peru. They mostly offer the route between Lima and Cusco but are expected to expand their operations. Their first year was marked by cancellations and other issues so it is to be seen how this company will do in the coming years. Prices are cheap but they do work according low cost carrier systems with additional luggage payments among others.