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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.

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


Latest news in the Americas

Peter Cerda, IATA's Regional VP Americas report on Next Gen

Looking back at the first quarter of 2015, Tony Tyler and I met with Heads of States in Mexico, Panama and Colombia, discussing infrastructure, passenger rights, charges and slots.

In Mexico, IATA was asked to continue to support the development of the new MEX City Airport and in Colombia, the ATM Project for Bogota’s El Dorado International Airport in partnership with Colombia’s Civil Aviation Authority has now been signed, aiming to deliver USD $97 million in potential savings.

Panama’s Government continues to be a role model for the region of how a country can create a positive business environment for our industry. Perception of our industry is a key topic IATA will focus on in 2015 to ensure we effectively communicate the benefits of air transport, driving economic growth and cultural development, to the general public.


IATA 70th Anniversary

On 19 April 1945, in Havana, Cuba, delegates from 57 airlines in 31 countries voted in the International Air Transport Association. IATA set up headquarters in Montreal, where the first Annual General Meeting was held six months after its creation and Sir William P. Hildred was appointed Director General. In December 1945, Royal Assent was given to a special act of the Canadian Parliament incorporating IATA.

From the outset, IATA had worldwide responsibilities, handled initially through four Standing Committees- Financial, Legal, Technical and Traffic.The organizatio nal structure has undergone many changes, however IATA’s commitment to the global airline industry has never floundered.
More on IATA's 70th anniversary

Improving Airspace Safety and Efficiency in Haiti

IATA, Airbus ProSky and Haiti’s Office National de L'Aviation Civile (OFNAC) completed a joint project to modernize the airspace of Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haïtien International Airports.

This initiative, conducted in consultation with Air France, American Airlines and JetBlue, improves airspace safety while reducing flight times for airlines and air travelers at these two key Haitian airports. The new airspace design, which was fully implemented in April, came about in the aftermath of Haiti’s devastating earthquake in 2010 which damaged much of the country’s infrastructure, including that related to aviation.
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