TAM has received authorization from the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) to begin regular daily operations to Lima, Peru, with flights scheduled to commence by the second half of this year. Flights to this new destination will be in the modern Airbus A320 airplanes, with Economy and Executive classes and will operate from the Guarulhos International Airport in Sao Paulo to the Jorge Chavez International Airport in the Peruvian capital.

Lima will be the fifth regular destination operated by TAM in South America. The company has daily flights to Buenos Aires (Argentina), Santiago (Chile), Caracas (Venezuela) and Montevideo (Uruguay). TAM Airlines, a Grupo TAM company with offices in Asuncion (Paraguay), also flies to Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia), Ciudad del Este (Paraguay), Punta del Este (Uruguay) and Cordoba (Argentina).

“Lima will complement our network of air services in South America, which allows passengers to connect to various locations on the continent as well as to the United States and Europe,” said Vice-President of Planning and Alliances, Paulo Castello Branco. According to data from the Ministry of Development, Industry and Trade, commercial relations between Brazil and Peru were responsible for $653 million USD in trade last year.

Since the end of 2007, TAM has led in operations and passenger transportation in the southern hemisphere, according to a study by the consulting firm Bain & Company, which notes an average of 21,800 operations per month and 2.251 million passengers transported per month.