Peruvians don’t travel on llamas as most people think, they also have planes! There are domestic flights every day at almost every hour. However, some of these airlines are more or less dependable in regards to flights arriving on time.

There are numerous airlines offering flights within Peru . Some airlines are budget airlines, however the amount of luggage they allow without an extra charge is important to check. If you have arrived on an international flight within the last 24 hours generally they will accept all of your luggage at no extra charge. Be aware that some airlines do not charge extra fees for foreigners and some do. So be really careful when buying a ticket on airlines that state prices for nationals. When you book one of these flights you may be charged extra at the airport when you show your foreign passport. Even if your ultimate destination is Cusco, most international flights arrive in Lima and then you have to catch a domestic flight to Cusco. If you want to get the cheapest flights we suggest using apps like Expedia, Kayak or Skyscanner.

Alejandro Velasco Astete airport
Alejandro Velasco Astete airport
LATAM airlines


Used to be LAN, until they merged with the Brazilian airline TAM. The best airline in Peru, however not really inexpensive but you get what you pay for. You can rest assured in their reputation for good customer service and almost never cancel or delay flights. This airline dominates the domestic market, carrying about 60% of all passengers.

Pros: Solid reputation and good customer service. Planes are in good condition. The only airline that has direct flights from Lima to Santiago and La Paz.

Cons: More expensive compared to other budget airlines

You can bring a purse or backpack that fits under your seat free. Carry on luggage that fits overhead and check in luggage is at an extra cost. It also provides the convenience of checking in on online.

Viva Air

Viva Air

Part of the Irelandia Aviation, one of the top budget airline group in the world. Since it was introduced in Peru, Viva Air has climbed to be one of the most popular airlines in the country. Their customer service is not the best since it’s a budget airline and it can happen that they delay or cancel your flight (not that common but it can happen). Also pay attention to additional fees such as luggage and choosing a seat.

Pros: : Low prices except must pay for all luggage

Cons: Good customer service is not their forte, also cancelations and delays are frequent.

All flights include a piece of personal luggage – purse (bolso) or backpacks that fits under your seat. Carry on luggage that fits overhead in the plane or checked in luggage is at an extra cost.

Sky Airlines

Sky Airlines from Chile was established in April 2019 as part of a planned expansion of SKY Airline in Latin America. The SKY Peru operations were more successful than originally anticipated, which led to the addition of more aircraft than originally projected. Sky Airlines is the top budget airline now operating in Peru.

SKY Airline is Certified as a 3-Star Low-Cost Airline for the quality of its airport and onboard product and staff service. Product rating includes cabin comfort, baggage / seat charges, buy onboard food & beverages, cabin cleanliness, and service rating is for cabin and ground staff.

Pros: Top Budget Airline, good customer service however you pay extra for luggage and some seats.

Cons: Possible cancelations and delays.

All flights include a piece of personal luggage – purse (bolso) or backpacks that fits under your seat. Carry on luggage that fits overhead in the plane or checked in luggage is at an extra cost. Also don’t forget to Check-in online and bring your boarding pass.

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