The initiative came after legislators were concerned about the low investment in local airlines in a nation dominated by foreign-owned companies such as Latam, Viva Air, or Sky.
For years, authorities incorporated foreign airlines to get companies to reduce ticket prices to create competition and attract travelers. However, the weaker airlines had to close, according to a Caribbean News Digital report.
The General Direction of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC) informed that in 2019, 82 percent of the passengers that flew to national destinations traveled in LATAM Airlines, Viva Air, or Sky Airline, all foreign companies.
The Peruvian Minister of Transport announced yesterday that international flights to and from Peru will resume in October, requiring passengers to take a molecular COVID 19 test to enter Peru. https://t.co/OwyrwXLklb
In 2017, Colombia-based Viva Air was the first low-cost airline to arrive in Peru to compete with LATAM, which led the market.
This 2020, authorities worried about the precarious situation of local airlines. In May, then-Transport Minister Carlos Lozada assured that Peru was considering creating its airline, "but not just yet."
Transport Minister Eduardo Gonzalez, who took office in November, assured that in 2021 Peruvians will have more international destinations to visit.
"We will promote investment projects that will improve the lives of thousands of families," he tweeted, alluding to the bill that will permit the creation of a state-owned airline.