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Dear Industry Colleagues,
Last month the US Northeast experienced a meteorological event called a "Bomb Cyclone" that resulted in significant delays and more than 140 flight diversions and 1,000 cancelations at New York’s JFK Int’l Airport. Unfortunately, the collective response from the industry to the storm fail to meet the expectations of the traveling public. As a result the Governor of New York mandated the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) to take action and an independent investigation, led by former US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, was launched into the causes and background of JFK’s storm-related failures. Last week, IATA met with Mr. LaHood’s team to provide the airlines’ views of what led to the meltdown. The two hour discussion was productive and we stressed the importance of having sound contingency measures, coordinated actions, accurate and timely operational information and reliable communications amongst all stakeholders. Additionally, we have written to the Department of Transportation, PANYNJ and FAA to document our position on the occurrence. In addition, we are working with the PANYNJ and FAA on the implementation of new operational measures for JFK that will improve coordination amongst all stakeholders when these sort of incidents occur in the future.
Staying in the US, we held our first regional event of 2018 and I would like to thank everyone who participated in a successful Aviation Day in New York, jointly hosted with the Wings Club. The event was attended by more than 330 attendees and key government officials such as DoT, FAA, TSA and PANYNJ. We were able to deliver some key messages and have constructive discussions on aviation’s biggest opportunities, such as ATC reform, security, regulatory over-reach and airport privatization & infrastructure improvements in the United States.
With kind regards,
Peter Cerdá, IATA’s Regional Vice President, The Americas
Argentina: Passenger Name Record (PNR) Mandate Sate Set for May 1
On February 27, IATA has been notified by Argentina’s National Migration Directorate (DNM) of the PNR mandate date, scheduled for May 1 2018. IATA has asked DNM to maintain close communication to not only be informed of the implementation progress, but also to collaborate in the process and to ensure that most of the airlines obtain a successful PNR transmission on the established date. In addition, IATA has reinforced to DNM authorities the importance for Argentina to sign bilateral agreements on confidentiality of information with the European Union (EU). IATA has informed DNM that without these agreements, airlines will be unable to transmit information of EU passengers, or from any other country that imposes similar restrictions. DNM expressed their understanding of the situation and that for those airlines under this condition the PNR transmission will not be mandatory.
Brazil: Open Consultation to Change Slot Regulation
IATA has been working with the Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) in Brazil to demonstrate the negative consequences of Resolution 338, the current Brazilian Slot Regulation, that directly links historic slots with punctuality through a requirement for a 75% measure of punctuality to airlines operations. After a constructive dialogue where IATA was able to demonstrate an improved alternate international standard for slot performance monitoring, ANAC agreed to open a public consultation on a number of proposed positive changes on Resolution 338, which would better align with IATA’s Worldwide Slot Guidelines.
Brazil: Introduction of E-Visa
Brazil´s e-Visa scheme was successfully implemented and is now fully operational for the four countries it was initially envisaged for: Australian, Canadian, Japanese and U.S. citizens now have the option to apply electronically for a tourist visa to travel to Brazil. This is part of a joint effort by the Brazilian government to increase the number of travelers to the country. IATA acted as an adviser to the local authorities, guaranteeing that industry standards were taken in consideration, as well as helping disseminate the novelty with the airlines headquarters. Up to the third week of February a total of 20,182 e-Visas were issued, with increases of up to 80% when compared to the same period in 2017. On a daily basis some 1,000 e-Visas are issued.
St. Lucia: Opposing Proposed Charge Increases
St. Lucia government announced towards the end of last year increases on their charges, specifically the departure tax that went from $25 to $53 (initially proposed at $63) for those traveling outside the French Caribbean and CARICOM region; as well as the re-introduction of the Airport Development Charge (ADC) from $0 to $35 per passenger. This decision increased the cost of flying to St. Lucia by $63 per passenger. IATA opposed these increases by engaging the local airport CEO and sending a formal note to the Prime Minister expressing our concerns. Moreover, the Prime Minister publicly announced that the ADC will be used towards constructing a cruise ship terminal and to repair roads. IATA has requested a meeting with the Prime Minister which will take place in mid-March to further discuss the negative impact this measure can have, not only to St. Lucia, but to the entire Caribbean region.
ICAO: CORSIA Workshops Across Americas Region
IATA, in partnership with ALTA, continues to hold educational sessions on Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) aimed at airlines and States in the LATAM Region. The objective is to stress the roles and responsibilities that carriers and regulators will have in ensuring the LATAM region’s readiness for the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) requirements that go into effect on 01 January, 2019. IATA and ALTA have held educational sessions in Miami, Argentina, Colombia, El Salvador and Ecuador. A similar session is scheduled to take place in Guatemala in late June 2018. Also, on March 5, IATA submitted comments to ICAO on its proposed draft for Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) that ICAO is expected to adopt in its upcoming June session.
IATA: 2017 Safety Report Shows LATAM/CAR Improvements
IATA has released its data for the 2017 safety performance of the airline industry showing continued strong improvements in safety. The global accident rate (measured in accidents per 1 million flights) was 1.08, an improvement over the all accident rate of 1.68 in 2016 and the average rate of 2.01 for the previous 5-year period (2012-2016). During 2017, there was a total of 45 accidents worldwide, of which six incurred fatalities. In the LATAM/CAR Region, IATA member airlines did not suffer any accidents during 2017. The six accidents that occurred in our region were with non-IATA and non-IOSA airlines. The region achieved a rate of zero fatalities in comparison to the 0.09 worldwide rate. However, the overall accident rate for LATAM CAR was 1.88 (2.80 in 2016) compared to the 1.08 global industry rate. While the safety performance in our region is improving, IATA continues to prioritize and push the safety agenda with regulators, airports, air navigation providers and airlines. Our goal is to improve the safety numbers in LATAM/CAR by 50% (compared to 2010) by 2020.
IATA: PCI DSS Compliance Requirement for Accredited travel Agents
Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) is a global data security standard to protect confidential payment card information against theft. Airlines have demanded that IATA support their own internal compliance project by making the BSP card sales channel PCI DSS compliant. Therefore, IATA Accredited Travel Agents now need to become PCI DSS compliant. The effectiveness of the new requirement is now in place and IATA has been working with travel agents and agency associations over the past 12 months. Until the end of June, IATA will collect compliance documentation from IATA Accredited Agents and will inform the airlines of those agents that do not comply with the new requirement.
Summary of IATA and ALTA Fraud Prevention Group Meeting
The Annual IATA & ALTA Regional Fraud Prevention Group Meeting took place on January 31 and February 1 with 12 airlines in attendance as well as Visa and Master Card. The interactive discussions focused on improving alignment between HQ and local reps on risk management coordination, the development of local fraud prevention guidelines, organizing educational workshops, increasing sales monitoring to more markets and including both cash/credit card sales. The group agreed to develop a Regional Delivery Plan to further fight fraud across the Americas by engaging banks and local police authorities across the region.