Jorge Chávez International Airport (IATA Airport Code: LIM) is Peru's main national and international gateway, serving over 4.5 million passengers per year. Located in Lima, Peru, the airport is named after the pioneer Peruvian pilot Jorge Chávez. It was the hub for Aeroperu for many years, and now it serves as a hub for TACA Peru, Lan Peru and Aerocontinente.
On October 2, 1996, AeroPeru Flight 603, a Boeing 757 that was enroute from Lima to Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport in Santiago, Chile crashed in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Everyone on board died.
On August 2 1997, a wheelchair-confined elderly passenger was boarding a Continental Airlines Boeing 757-200 flight from Lima to Newark, New Jersey. He was told by a gate agent to remain at the top of the steps while the agent loaded the wheelchair into the cargo bin. Defying the agent's orders, he walked into the aircraft. He walked through the galley and the catering door. He fell to the tarmac to a space between the plane and the catering truck. The man died of his fall injuries. None of the eight crew members or the other 141 passengers were injured.
Among the airlines flying into this airport are: