Anger as work starts on Machu Picchu airport

Machu Picchu is getting an international airport. A million tourists visit Machu Picchu every year. Seven million people could visit with the new airport. Direct flights will fly into the heart of the Machu Picchu area. The government says this will be great for Peru's tourism industry.

Machu Picchu was built 600 years ago. It is 2,430 meters up in the Andes Mountains. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. People are unhappy about the new airport. They say it will damage Machu Picchu and its farming villages. One person said the noise and traffic from the airport could damage Machu Picchu.