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The Americas

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 January of 2014,  LATAM/CAR passenger traffic grew by 4.4% compared to January of 2013, following robust demand in the region’s major economies. At the same time, passenger traffic in the US  grew by 3.5% in January of 2014 compared to last year.  See the monthly analysis.  Air freight grew by 6.8% in the Americas in January of 2014 compared to last year, while it increased by 0.7% in the US. See the detailed analysis.

Latest news in the Americas

Charting a successful future for Latin America - Tony Tyler at Wings of Change
IATA's DG & CEO praised the dynamism of Latin America's airline industry at this conference that brought some 250 airline professionals to Santiago, Chile. Tony Tyler also highlighted the need for governments to address taxes and charges, infrastructure and regulationan in order for the region's aviation to reach its full potential. Read Tony Tyler's speech

100th Anniversary of Commercial Flight
2014 marks the centenary of commercial flight - a journey that started in Florida.  Find out more and join the celebration! 

Settlement Systems

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)

Customer Service

Please visit our contacts page for any assistance for the Americas region.


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