IATA's regional office for the Americas, based in Miami, along with its country offices, serves the needs of its members in the US, Latin America and the Caribbean (LATAM/CAR). We maintain close relations with governments, their agencies, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Latin American Civil Aviation Commission (LACAC) , Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA), Airlines for America (A4A), airports, air navigation service providers and regional airline associations.
Air transport is vital in the Americas
In the US alone, commercial aviation fuels more than $1 trillion dollars in economic activity and creates 10 million jobs. The LATAM/CAR region has become a catalyst for growth, supporting more than 4.6 million jobs and $107 billion in GDP.
In October of 2013, LATAM/CAR passenger traffic grew by 8.3% compared to October of 2012, following robust demand in the region’s major economies. At the same time, passenger traffic in the US grew by 3.6% in October of 2013 compared to last year. Detailed monthly analysis. Air freight grew by 1.5% in the Americas in October of 2013 compared to last year, while it slightly increased by 3.7% in the US. See the detailed analysis.
Latest news in the Americas
IATA DG & CEO remarks at ALTA Airline Leaders Forum
Tony Tyler stressed the importance of global standards for a safe, secure and integrated airline system. This message is particularly pertinent in the LatAm/Caribbean region where too many governments shackle aviation with heavy taxes and prescriptive passenger rights regulations. Read entire speech. See Tony Tyler's interview by CNN (in Spanish)
Slot Conference draws airline industry to Dallas
IATA’s 133rd Slot Conference brought some 1,000 delegates to Dallas. Representatives from 200 airlines and 60 airports agreed on slot allocation that will give airlines the best possible schedules to offer to their customers. More on airport slots conferences. Optin to receive information about next events or visit our event calendar.
New Distribution Capability (NDC) webinar
Discover what NDC can look like in this online demo featuring real airline data. More information on NDC in the NDC Blog or at www.iata.org/ndc.
BSP facilitates the selling, reporting and remitting procedures of IATA Accredited Passenger Sales Agents. A truly worldwide system: at the close of 2012, there were 88 BSPs (17 in the Americas), covering 177 countries and territories serving about 350 airlines, while gross sales processed amounted to USD 249 billion.
Cargo Account Settlement Systems (CASS) simplifies the billing and settling of accounts between airlines and freight forwarders.
IATA’s BSP and CASS figures in the Americas indicate very positive progress:
- BSP gross sales year to date (October 2013) show a 19.42% increase
- Electronic tickets year to date (October 2013) show a 18.5% increase
- CASS Settlements year to date (October 2013) show a 1.7% decrease in Standard Charging Units (SCUs)
Please visit our contacts page for any assistance for the Americas region.