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Chinchero Airport will only open in 2027

Chinchero Airport will only open in 2027

The Chinchero International Airport was officially scheduled to be delivered in mid-2025; However, its managers acknowledged before the Congressional Transportation Commission that the date would not be met.

Donald Castillo Gallegos, general director of Civil Aeronautics of the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC), points out that the airport has a progress of 12% as of January of this year. Already since Regional Government of Cusco They warned that the potential airport hub should have a progress of 30%.

Castillo notes that, in the main works, the key problem has been the delay in the design due to differences between the supervisor (AICC Supervision Consortium) and the contractor (Natividad Chinchero Consortium).

Alvaro Olavarria, director of the AICC Supervision Consortium, explains that only in the design it should already be at 100%, but its progress is 76.61% and the procurement had none despite estimating a ratio of 76.4%. Regarding the general progress of the work, they affirm that it is barely 10.66%.

No clarity

The head of the MTC, Raul Perez-Reyesassures that the mega-project “has not been paralyzed,” but it did suffer a “workload reduction”. He announced that an accelerated schedule will be developed. The parliamentary committee was also attended by major players in the project, such as Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (Kotra) and the Supervision Consortium; However, they did not contribute anything relevant to the debate on the possible dates or solutions, as questioned by the parliamentarians and the Cusco authorities.

Pérez-Reyes insisted that the political will and resources persist to materialize the airport that will move up to 11 million passengers a year (almost three times more than Velasco Astete).

On the other hand, Jae Kyoung Kim, director of the Natividad Consortium, argued that the rains generated “accumulated losses” and it will be difficult to resume works in March due to “its critical financing situation” of not receiving support from the State. As a good Christian, it is costing them more financially than what was contracted and, if not addressed, there is a risk of paralyzing the work.

Here, the regional governor of Cusco, Werner Salcedo, asked those involved to be honest because “there are no concrete answers” ​​to affirm “that there is progress,” since “the technical problems also related to water, energy and land undermining have not been overcome.” surroundings.”

For his part, Carlos Ugaz Montero, executive director of Dohwa Engineering Perurecalled that the State-to-State contract with Korea – with which the PMO (Project Management Office) was born – concludes in October of this year, and although there is the intention to extend it for 10 months and 13 days, the MTC does not He signs it so far.

Before 2027 everything would be precarious

Carlos Fernández Esteban, director of the PMO Chinchero, alleges that the contractor Natividad is failing to comply and “the Peruvian State cannot compensate for its errors” although “there are circumstantial events that are compensable.” The ball is in the MTC’s court. “Even accelerating, the contractor would not be in a position to finish it until March 2026. We can put in a first flight sooner, but it would be precarious because they will not operate in optimal conditions,” he said.

The data

  • Role. The contractor is made up of Hyundai Engineering & Construction (South Korea), Sinohydro Corporation (China), ICA Constructora (Mexico), and HV Contratistas (Peru).

Source: Larepublica