Lima Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) Information
Many centuries after Peru's historic port of Callao
welcomed visitors to the New World, Callao's Jorge Chavez International Airport now greets over 12 million passengers annually. This airport is the major gateway to Peru's most populated city, Lima, and many of the South American nation's other major tourism destinations, like Machu Picchu
This air facility first opened as the replacement for Lima's original Limatambo Airport in 1960 and underwent a significant expansion in 2005, including a new concourse and a modern shopping centre called the Peru Plaza. The four-star onsite Ramada Costa del Sol hotel opened in 2007.
In 2010, an aviation consultancy firm named Skytrax decreed that this airport was the best in South America
, while the Priority pass access programme gave its Lounge of the Year award to the resident VIP lounge for the second year in a row.
Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM)
Address: Elmer Faucett Avenue / Nestor Gambretta, Callao, Lima, Peru, PE
Tel: +51 01 517 3100
The Jorge Chavez International Airport, named after one of Peru's most famous aviators in 1965, stands some 16 km / 10 miles north-west of Lima's historic city centre and 17 km / 11 miles from the upscale district of Miraflores.
Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) Guide
- Onsite four-star Ramada Costa del Sol Hotel
- Peru Plaza shopping centre with designer boutiques, souvenir shops, gyms, restaurants and even a spa near the grand concourse's passenger terminal
- Second-floor food court with Starbucks, McDonald's, Papa John's and other fast-food chains
- Award-winning VIP lounges in the Departures area
- Car hire from National, Hertz, Europcar, Avis and Budget
- Restaurant and café in the International zone (always open)
- Postal services and banks in the International zone
- Medical centre, chemist and business services in the terminal building's main hall
- Both the International and Domestic zones contain several currency exchanges and ATMs
Cars and Taxis
Although Lima car hire costs can quickly add up after hidden charges such as insurance, many visitors are willing to spend the extra money to explore Lima at their own leisure. While small vehicles are suitable for exploring Lima, four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended for driving in rural Peru. Of note, travellers should be wary of some less 'formal' taxis operating at the Jorge Chavez International Airport, which can be overpriced and unsafe. It is therefore recommended that foreign visitors book taxis within the reception area of customs, where dedicated desks are available.
The closest bus stop to the Jorge Chávez International Airport is situated on Elmer Faucett Avenue, the main street linking central Lima. This stop is on the bus between central Lima and the airport, but visitors can also take a more scenic route aboard one of the local minibuses called 'combis'. Combis stop at every major thoroughfare between Peru's capital and its airport.