Infrastructure in the Americas
Infrastructure development has not kept pace with growing demand. This means that the airlines and passengers must contend with over-crowded, inadequate and inefficient airports. Too many air traffic management providers rely on old equipment and out-of-date procedures, that fail to take advantage of the capabilities of advanced aircraft operated by many airlines.
Cooperation for improved infrastructure in the Americas
IATA, Airports Council International (ACI), the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) and ALTA signed a joint declaration calling for governments in the region to facilitate development of infrastructure. IATA also set up the Airport Consultative Committee (ACC) at Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos Airport (GRU), Rio de Janeiro (GIG), Lima (LIM) and Antigua (ANU) to address airline operational concerns at these airports and work with the authorities on corrective actions.
Slight progress on Performance Based Navigation (PBN)
The growth of traffic is resulting in ATM delays that are nearing crisis levels in many parts of the LATAM/CAR region. In this context, a notable achievement was the implementation of the first PBN procedures in Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose (SJO). in 2012, in collaboration with COPA and the Costa Rican DGAC.
IATA funded the development, while COPA provided the aircraft testing with validation from the DGAC. There is similar progress in Brazil, Chile and Peru. Further cooperation with authorities is needed to fast track PBN in other parts of the region like Guatemala, Argentina and Colombia.
NextGen: the largest infrastructure project in US history
NextGen will utilize satellite–based and other advanced technologies and procedures to make air travel more convenient, predictable and environmentally friendly. IATA actively participates in key phases of NextGen strategy and implementation including the NextGen Advisory Committee Subcommittee (NACSC), and Operational Capabilities Work Group (OCWG).
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