A major Latin American airline has filed for bankruptcy protection inMiami and shut down its operations, leaving hundreds of local creditorsscrambling to recover debt and several airlines vying for the carrier’sroutes.

Empresa de Transporte Aero Del Peru � better known as AeroPeru � twoweeks ago filed for bankruptcy protection. The Lima-based company,owned mainly by Delta Air Lines and AeroMexico, flew throughout Southand Central America, operating two daily flights on weekdays and threeflights on Saturdays out of Miami. AeroPeru’s planes were leased fromcompanies in the United States and have been returned, but the issue ofthe 26-year-old airline’s debt looms over more than 100 South Floridacreditors. In all, 275 U.S. creditors are owed more than $160 million.

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