Spanish carrier and Latin America specialist Air Europa has increased flights from the UK to Lima via Madrid from thrice weekly to daily.
The flight departs Gatwick at 1705 arriving in Madrid at 2030 before departing for Lima at 2355 for an arrival at 0510 the next day. The return flight departs Lima at 1000, arriving in Madrid at 0500 the next day before departing for Gatwick at 0750 for a 0910 arrival.
The Gatwick leg is served by B737 aircraft fitted with 12 business class seats (to see a seatplan click here) and the onward flight to Lima an A330 with a capacity of 298, including 24 business class seats. The A330 (to see a seatplan click here) is fitted with seatback IFE in every seat. Baggage allowance is a minimum of two pieces of 23kg per person.
Speaking at a launch event at Soho’s Ceviche restaurant Colin Stewart, UK general manager for Air Europa, said that despite being a Spanish airline Latin America is the focus as it looks to be the gateway carrier to the region for the Skyteam alliance. Stewart told Business Traveller that demand for the route from agents was high and that it is already the airline’s top selling UK long-haul destination.
Air Europa is also set to launch two weekly flights to Santa Cruz in Bolivia starting November. This is in line with the carrier’s strategy to launch soft and then build up capacity, such as it has already done with routes to Buenos Aires and now Lima.
The carrier is also due to receive eight B787 Dreamliners in 2014-2015, which will help develop new routes to the region. Air Europa currently operates out of Madrid to 36 destinations in 16 countries.
Lima is the capital of Peru and has a UNESCO listed historical centre. It is a growing capital for culinary tourism as Peruvian cuisine continues to gain an international reputation for freshness and quality. Lima can also be used as a base for excursions to the ruins at Machu Picchu.
Iberia also currently serves Lima via Madrid daily from the UK and KLM also flies to the Peruvian capital via Amsterdam Schiphol daily.
Return tickets to Lima with Air Europa start from £563 return.
For more information visit aireuropa.com
Report by Scott Carey