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Peru plans new airport for Machu Picchu

Peru plans new airport for Machu Picchu
24 Aug 2012

The Peruvian government has announced plans to improve access to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu by building a new airport.

President Ollanta Humala said the current airport at Cusco does not have sufficient capacity to handle the number of international travellers interested in visiting the area.

He claimed that $460m (£290m) will be spent on the new hub, which will be used to serve Cusco and Machu Picchu.

The ancient citadel, which is located 8,200ft above sea level in the Andes mountains, is arguably South America's most famous example of Inca civilisation and has become a major tourist attraction.

Entrance to the ruins is currently limited to 2,500 people a day, due to concerns about the environmental impact of visitors.

'This new airport will not only mean more tourists will be able to come, but it will generate more jobs ... and help surrounding communities,' the president explained.

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