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IATA in the Americas

IATA's regional office for the Americas, based in Miami, along with its 10 country offices support the organization’s mission to represent, lead and serve the airline industry. We seek to improve the understanding of the aviation industry and increase awareness of the benefits the industry brings to regional and local economies.

We champion the global and regional interests of our members, challenging unreasonable rules and charges, holding regulators and governments accountable.

IATA promotes the value aviation brings by increasing connectivity, improving infrastructure, helping airlines in the region become more competitive by advocating for a smarter regulatory environment and improving the passenger experience through the use of technology.

The regional office maintains 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.

IATA 5 year strategic plan for the Americas

The IATA Americas team has developed a five year strategic plan (pdf) with input from key stakeholders across the region to tackle the largest opportunities and threats, creating common objectives and initiatives to focus on between 2018 and 2021.

The region at a glance

  • 840,000 jobs generated by the airlines industry in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • 4.2M people employed by industries supported by Aviation
  • 268M passengers transported in 2014
  • $138 billion aviation contribution to the region's GDP
  • 5.4% annual growth of Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPKs) forecast over the next 20 years
  • Source: ATAG

​Americas Focus

Americas Focus: Archive

2018Jan 2018 (pdf)                                                  
2017: Q4 2017 (pdf)    Q3 2017 (pdf)    Q2 2017 (pdf)     Q1 2017 (pdf)       

IATA's Latest Regional Activities

First and foremost, I would like to wish you a Happy New Year and all the best for 2018. Please count on IATA’s full support to make it a successful year for you and the entire industry. As you will see from the below economic forecast, 2018 promises to be a good year for Latin America where we can expect further recovery and turnaround while airlines in North America are expected to deliver the best financial performance once again.

Moving forward, I am pleased to share that we will issue the Americas Focus on a monthly basis so we can quickly inform you on our latest activities and provide you with an opportunity for immediate feedback from your side. We will also provide you with some key statistics and cost savings in a dashboard format on page one for your easy reference. We hope you will like these new features and they will give you and your teams a quick recap and summary of the key initiatives we engage in on your behalf.

Industry engagement with governments on the value of aviation will continue to be a high priority for us throughout 2018. One vehicle to do this will be our Aviation Days and our first event will take place on February 22nd with the Aviation Day USA in New York City together with the Wings Club. Also in the first quarter will be the 10th edition of our Wings of Change Conference in Chile in partnership with ALTA at the Sheraton Santiago on April 4th and 5th. Later in the year, we will also hold Aviation Days in Colombia, Mexico, Caribbean (in Barba-dos) and Central America (in Costa Rica). We hope you can join us.

Please let me know if you have any questions on our below activities and continue to count on our support in these areas.

With kind regards,

Peter Cerdá, IATA’s Regional Vice President, The Americas

Canada: Transport Canada Agrees to Creation of Industry Safety Group

Transport Canada and IATA agreed to partner in the creation of a Canadian Government Industry Safety Team. The objective of the group will be to focus resources, following a data driven approach, for the constant improvement of Canada’s accident rate and will be enabled by the use of de-identified safety data from IATA’s FDX data sharing program. Moving forward, IATA and Transport Canada will engage industry stakeholders including local airlines, local BARs, NAV CANADA and airports to create the group.

Colombia: IATA to Increase Presence & Advocacy Efforts Via Agreement with ATAC

IATA and the Colombian Local Bar, ATAC, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, aligning both organizations’ strategy and objectives for the Colombian market and enhancing efficiencies to best represent the air transport industry in Colombia. While ATAC will remain as a legal entity, IATA will assume the role of ATAC in Colombia and increase its footprint and advocacy efforts, resulting in a more specialized workforce to address the many challenges and opportunities the country faces. The recruitment process for the vacant IATA Country Director position for Colombia is expected to finalize by March.

Mexico: NAICM Baggage Handling System Workshop to Complete Design Layout

On January 17, engagement on the New Mexico City Airport (NAICM) continued with the kick off of the baggage handling system (BHS) work stream. GACM held this first meeting to allow the general contractor (CTVM) and the winning BHS bidder (Siemens) to present their concept such as the system layout, the planned technology and the planned system performance. Airlines then had the opportunity to voice their questions and concerns to GACM. An aggressive schedule of workshops has been outlined to complete the BHS basic layout and design by the end of February. The airline community and IATA will be closely engaged in these workshops to ensure the BHS performance meets the requirements of all airline users of NAICM.

Mexico: Update on Passenger Rights Flight Compensation Policies

The Civil Aviation Law on Passenger Rights calls on carriers serving Mexico to submit their delayed flight compensation policies to the Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) and Mexico’s Bureau of Consumer Protection (PROFECO), for its publication and monitoring of airline compliance. In November several of our member airlines reported that PROFECO had challenged their submissions requiring that they either amend the language in their policies to be more explicit. As a result, IATA and CANAERO, the local airline association, held several discussions with PROFECO in an effort to seek a remedy to the situation. Following debates between PROFECO and the DGAC regarding their inconsistent interpretation of the regulation, the matter was elevated to the Legal Office of the Presidency for a solution. In light of the circumstances, PROFECO has informally advised that it does not intend to impose sanctions on airlines for non-compliance with its delayed flight submission requirements, pending clarification from the Legal Advisor’s Office.

Panama: CAA Holds Open Meeting for Airspace Optimization Project

Following the issuance of the terms of reference for the Panama Airspace Optimization Project, Panama’s Civil Aviation Authority held an open meeting on January 12 to explain the terms of reference to all interested parties and potential bidders. During the meeting, both administrative and technical questions were answered by the authority. Following the meeting, the CAA will modify the tender documents based on the questions raised at the meeting. Bidders asked for a 30 day extension from the February 19 final proposal submission date.

Panama: Violation of Montreal Convention

On December 28, IATA intervened in an October 2017 court judgment in Panama involving a cargo claim against KLM. In this case, the judge awarded the claimant over USD 1million in damages, exceeding the liability limits contained within the Montreal Convention 1999, to which Panama has fully acceded. IATA coordinated efforts to intervene by filing an Amicus Curiae brief in opposition to the judgement, and to seek that the Court of Appeals reverses the ruling, and press that the application of liability limits set by the Montreal Convention 1999 are fully respected consistent with the treaty to which Panama is a party. Alternatively, the grave concern is the negative precedent that this case would otherwise set for future liability claims in Panama or elsewhere in the region if the case were to go unchallenged, and the broader implications it could have for the industry. IATA will continue to monitor for further developments.

Peru: Industry Urging LAP for Best Practices in Fuel Provider Selection

IATA, ALTA & AETAI urged LIM Airport Concessionary, LAP, to adhere to best practices in the tender process of fuel providers at LIM airport, promoting competition between service providers during the RFP, separation of into-plane and fuel farm operators, aligned with IATA and JIG quality control and operating standards. The three organizations also called for an international bid to avoid possible conflict of interests in having oil corporations become the service provider.

IATA: Corsia Educational Workshops

The Global aviation industry has taken a leadership role on climate change, establishing a robust plan to reduce emissions based on a comprehensive set of goals. Starting on January 1 2019, airlines operating international flights will be required to monitor their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions under ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation – better known as "CORSIA." IATA is delivering various workshops on the corresponding rules with the next session taking place in Buenos Aires on February 21.

IATA: Charges - More than $2B in Savings Achieved for the Industry in 2017

Throughout 2017, IATA engaged numerous airports, ANSPs, and governments to secure better pricing and service levels, resulting in nearly $500 million in savings for the industry and several service level improvements. A further $1.5 billion were saved through two special campaigns in the US. Highlights include the avoidance of a proposed per passenger charge increase in the US (PFC & TSA) (~$1.5B); an 87.5% avoidance of a proposed increase in navigation charges in Brazil (>$225M); a reduction in Canada's navigation charges (~$130M); and relationship development with Argentina's new ANSP, resulting in an optimized investment plan and improving service levels.


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