IATA’s Americas region is focused on serving the needs of nearly 49 member airlines spread across 22 countries in North, Central and South America. IATA's regional office for the Americas is based in Miami, and is supported by ten field offices across the region. Key areas of focus for the region include safety and security, sustainability, development of efficient and affordable infrastructure, smarter regulation and reducing the heavy taxes and charges imposed on aviation and air travel in many countries. In support of its activities, IATA works closely with regional and local airline associations, governments, safety regulators, airports and other key stakeholders.
The Americas team has developed a 5-year strategic plan for the region with input from key stakeholders accross the region to tackle the largest opportunities and threats, creating common objectives and initiatives on which to focus through 2022.
Dear Industry Colleagues,
Latin America and the Caribbean remain an expensive and challenging region to do business. Unfortunately, many governments continue to view aviation as an industry of the rich and impose heavy taxes and overly restrictive regulations which result in inefficiencies and high costs, as reflected in the below comparison of the Americas to the rest of the world.
For example, in El Salvador, a bill is under discussion to allow the Civil Aviation Authority to increase its aeronautical rates to the tune of 768%. IATA, in close coordination with airlines, was granted an audience with the Transport Commission of the National Assembly to alert legislators of the impact of said increase and legislators have agreed to oppose the current bill. IATA, together with the ASLA (local association), also engaged with the media and the Government Elect to obtain support against the increase and to include aviation as part of the new government's agenda.
On a positive note, the Argentine Government, led by Minister of Transport Dietrich, continues its dialogue with the industry to create an environment where aviation can grow and contribute positively to the overall economy. The government launched an aviation newsletter to communicate directly with stakeholders interested in Argentina's aviation market.
Another good example of fruitful collaboration has been the engagement between the FAA, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ), the airline community and IATA regarding the 13L/31R runway and taxiway construction project at JFK International airport. The first 30 days of the project have passed and the FAA has been issuing daily JFK operational summary reports that include airport throughput, holding, diversions and go-arounds. The PANYNJ is hosting weekly calls with all stakeholders to review the project’s status and address any operational challenges. This effective collaboration has allowed all stakeholders to incorporate lessons learned from each disruption into the plan going forward. The project itself is currently on schedule, if not slightly ahead, and all stakeholders need to ensure that the current level of focus is maintained as convective weather impacts will increase in frequency and duration with the summer months around the corner. For more details, the latest meeting report has been uploaded to IATA’s regional Americas page.
Last week, IATA’s Director General and CEO traveled to Brazil where we met with various Ministers of the Bolsonaro government to address our members’ most urgent concerns, including constraints of the Sao Paulo airspace, overprotective regulations and policies that significantly increase airlines’ operating costs in Brazil and the high cost of fuel in the country. I will provide the full meeting summary in the next Americas Focus.
Please find IATA’s most recent key activities across the region below and please let me know if you have any questions or require further details.
With kind regards,
Peter Cerdá, IATA’s Regional Vice President, The Americas
Americas Focus: Archive