Arequipa Rodriguez Ballon Airport
Rodríguez Ballón International Airport serves Peru's second city of Arequipa, and is the third busiest airport in the country after Lima Jorge Chavez International Airport and Cuzco Velazco Astete Airport. The airport is primarily domestic, with LAN Peru, Peruvian Airlines and TACA Peru offering connections with most major cities in the country. Sky Airline links the airport with destinations in Chile, the airport's sole international services. The airport is operated by state-owned CORPAC SA.
Rodríguez Ballón is undergoing a USD4.5 million expansion project which will double terminal area to 4400sqm, expand the check-in area and add new domestic and international lounges. Completion is scheduled for 4Q2013.
Location of Arequipa Rodriguez Ballon Airport, Peru
Ground Handlers servicing Arequipa Rodriguez Ballon Airport
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