Jorge Chávez International Airport, known as Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez in Spanish, is Peru's main international and domestic airport. It is located in Callao, 11 km ( 7 miles ) from the Historic Centre of Lima and 17 km ( 11 miles ) from Miraflores. Callao is the port city now fully integrated with Lima, the nation's capital. In 2008, the airport handled 8,288,506 passengers and 98,733 aircraft movements.
For many years it was the hub for now defunct Aeroperú and Compañía de Aviación Faucett, one of the oldest airlines in Latin America. Now it serves as a hub for many aviation companies.
The first airport of Lima was the Limatambo Airport, located in San Isidro, which ceased operations in 1960 due to lack of space and capacity to handle the increasing flights. In that same year, the Lima-Callao International Airport began to operate in Callao. In June 1965, the airport was renamed as "Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez" after French Peruvian aviator Jorge Chávez Dartnell and in December 1965, the current terminal building was inaugurated.
Over time, the airport showed signals of decay, lack of space for passengers and outdated technology in radar and safety. In 2001, in order to improve and expand its infrastructure, the airport was concessioned by the Peruvian government to Lima Airport Partners (LAP), now composed by Fraport and two other minor partners, remaining the air traffic control managed by the Peruvian Corporation of Airports and Commercial Aviation ( CORPAC ).
In February 2005, the first phase of the renovation and expansion project was completed. It included the Peru Plaza Commercial Center and the new concourse with 7 boarding bridges. In June 2007 a four-star hotel was opened in front of the terminal. In January 2009, the second phase of the terminal expansion was inaugurated. Now the terminal has 28 gates, 19 of them with boarding bridges. The construction of a second runway is another very important project but it was postponed.
Jorge Chávez International Airport was awarded the title of best airport in South America by Skytrax World Airports Awards 2005, and it came in second place in the 2008 survey.
Twenty airlines operate out of Jorge Chávez International Airport.
Hotel Costa del Sol Wyndham : This four-star hotel is located in front of the air control tower and consists of five floors. The building is covered by acoustic panels which keep out noise from the airplanes. The hotel opened June 12, 2007 and is the fifth hotel of the Costa del Sol hotel chain, the others being located in Tumbes, Piura, Chiclayo and Cajamarca.
Transportation between the airport and the city is only provided by taxis and tour buses and vans. For security reasons it is strongly recommended that one only takes taxis offered by registered companies at the arrivals areas of the airport. Taxis usually cost roughly S/.60-90 ($20–30 USD) to Miraflores or S/.40 ( $15 USD ) to the city center.
Airlines and destinations: 
LAN Airlines planes
LAN Airlines plane at Jorge Chávez International AirportAerolíneas Argentinas ( Bogotá, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza )
Aeroméxico ( Mexico City )
Aerosur ( La Paz, Santa Cruz )
Air Canada ( Toronto-Pearson )
Air Comet ( Madrid )
American Airlines ( Miami )
Avianca ( Bogota )
Continental Airlines ( Houston-Intercontinental, Newark )
Copa Airlines ( Panama City )
Delta Air Lines ( Atlanta )
Gol Transportes Aéreos ( Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Santiago )
Iberia (Madrid)
LAN Perú ( Arequipa, Bogota, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Cajamarca, Caracas, Cartagena, Chiclayo, Cusco, Guayaquil, Iquitos, Juliaca, La Paz, Los Angeles, Madrid, Medellín, Mexico City, Miami, Piura, Pucallpa, Puerto Maldonado, Quito, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Santiago, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Tacna, Tarapoto, Trujillo, Tumbes )
LC Busre ( Andahuaylas, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Chimbote, Huancayo, Huanuco, Huaraz )
Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale)
Star Perú ( Cajamarca, Cusco, Iquitos, Pucallpa, Puerto Maldonado,Talara [ begins May 19 ], Tarapoto )
Lacsa ( Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, San José ( CR ), Managua )
TACA Peru ( Asunción, Bogotá, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Caracas, Cusco, Havana, Guatemala City, Guayaquil, La Paz, Medellin, Montevideo, Quito, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, San José ( CR ), San Salvador, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Santiago, São Paulo-Guarulhos )
TAM Airlines ( São Paulo-Guarulhos ) .
Frankfurt/Main, Germany - Lima Airport Partners S.R.L. -- a consortium comprising Fraport AG (Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide), the U.S. construction firm Bechtel Enterprises International Ltd., and the Peruvian construction company Cosapi S.A. -- officially took over Lima's Airport International Jorge Chávez (airport code = LIM) today. The Peruvian government privatised Lima Airport last November when it awarded a 30-year concession for Lima Airport (with an option to extend) to the Fraport-led consortium. The three consortium partners founded the Peruvian registered company called Lima Airport Partners S.R.L. to implement this project. The goal is to modernise and expand the capacity of Lima Airport in the coming years and to offer high standards of service to passengers and aviation customers. At the same time, the airport will serve an attractive calling card for Peru and Latin America.
Fraport AG has paid out $ 6.4 million for its 42.75 percent share of the capital stock in the new company. Fraport AG will select two of the five supervisory board positions of Lima Airport Partners S.R.L., as well as two of the three management positions. Recruiting is in progress, with most of the approximately 150 airport employees of the airport authority receiving employment contracts from Lima Airport Partners S.R.L. For the transition phase, Fraport AG has assembled a project team of over 20 specialists: from Fraport itself, Fraport's Deutsche AeroConsult GmbH subsidiary, as well as several external staff.
Developing Lima as a leading Latin American gateway:
Passenger and cargo traffic at Lima Airport is expected to more than double by the end of the decade. Frankfurt know-how will play a significant role in modernising and expanding Peru's international air transportation gateway in the years to come. Optimising the airport infrastructure is an urgent priority for Peru. Along with implementing high international aviation standards, Lima Airport Partners S.R.L. plans to offer passengers a modern and economically successful airport. The airport will serve an attractive calling card for this fascinating Andean country and the surrounding region. Peru's vast tourism potential and its strategic geographic location are considered important advantages for developing Lima as a leading Latin American gateway.