Peru ferries stranded tourists to Lima

AP News
Posted: Aug 21, 2011 7:31 PM
Peru ferries stranded tourists to Lima

A Peruvian military plane has flown 75 tourists to Lima after they were stranded in the highland city of Cuzco by the grounding of a commercial airline over alleged safety lapses.

State aeronautics safety official Ramon Gamarra said the tourists were flown to Peru's capital Sunday so they could make international flights. He said there are plans to ferry more tourists out of Cuzco, which is the gateway to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, on Monday.

Authorities suspended all Peruvian Airlines flights last Thursday, citing maintenance shortcomings. The airline was Peru's No. 2 domestic carrier after LAN, with 16 percent of inland flights.

President Ollanta Humala has announced plans for Peru to again have a national flag carrier. Aero Peru went bankrupt in 1999.