As of 4th May 2016 British Airways will now fly directly from Gatwick to Lima, to mark the occasion passengers were greeted by young alpacas as they boarded the planes.
Direct flights to Peru from the UK were banned in 1982 to show solidarity to Argentina in the Falkland War, the new route hopes to rebuild relations and bring many more tourists to Peru.
Managing director of Gatwick told media sources,
“It is great to be the only airline to offer direct services between London and Peru. Lima is a fantastic gateway to some of the most dramatic places to visit in South America and will also provide a new link for British business seeking to invest in Peru’s growing market.”
BA has continued to fly to cities in Argentina and Brazil, both of which attract significant business traffic. The airline says its launch of a Lima service is banking on the popularity of the world-class tourist sites found in Peru.
“Lima is a gateway to some stunning South American tourist destinations,” a BA spokesman told Telegraph Travel. “The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are often included in ‘must-see’ lists from our customers. Starting this route allows us to offer a convenient, direct service for visitors from the UK.” – a BA spokesman told Telegraph Travel
Direct flights to Lima will occur only three times a week, Year-round prices start from £765 for those flying in World Traveller, £1,185 in World Traveller Plus and £2,549 for travelling the Club World seats, and all fares include taxes and charges. The average flight time is estimated to 12 hours 30 minutes with returning flights only occurring at night.
[news source: Phillip Orange, Peru This Week]