peter-cerda-2015.pngDear Colleagues,

Safety remains the industry’s number one priority. IATA continues to partner with aviation safety stakeholders (including airlines, airports, FAA, EASA, ICAO, CANSO, ALTA, ACI, etc.) to identify and pro-actively address key safety risks that lead to accidents and fatalities. To support these efforts, I am pleased to share the 2022 IATA Safety Report (ISR), which has been IATA’s flagship safety document since 1964 and is the definitive resource for tracking commercial aviation’s safety performance and safety best practices. The new version of the ISR allows you to access and visualize accident data, globally and regionally, back to 2005, enabling you to identify trends and patterns.

While North America maintained a very low accident rate, the recent increase of runway incursions and other safety issues in the U.S. have raised many alarm bells throughout the industry and in DC, including Congress and the FAA. As a result, the FAA issued a safety call to action and a new safety review team will examine the national airspace system’s structure, culture, processes, systems, and integration of safety efforts, including an upcoming safety summit on March 14 and 15 in which IATA will participate in.

Latin America and the Caribbean took a step back in 2022 after years of improvement, as outlined in the global comparison below. We are reminded that safety requires commitment, resources, coordination and adherence to global safety best practices, as highlighted in the comparison of accident rates between IOSA and non-IOSA airlines.

Just last week, IATA held a joint meeting with the FAA in Panama, discussing the challenges and opportunities that the industry faces throughout the region and how we can partner better to promote safety and sustainability in the Americas. IATA requested the FAA’s support for various initiatives in the region, such as runway excursions and incursions, wildlife control, IASA compliance, airport and airspace infrastructure developments, SAF development, and promoting industry policies towards the integration of advanced air mobility (AAM) for new, transformational aircraft designs and flight technologies. This meeting laid the groundwork for additional joint initiatives to be discussed at the upcoming ALTA Safety Summit in Santiago, Chile in June.

To guide our regional safety activities and to prioritize our overall strategy across the region, I am also pleased to share IATA’s 2023 Regional Strategic Priorities & Deliverables for the Americas with you. The document is based on IATA’s global strategic pillars and validated with your respective teams to ensure industry alignment of our key activities for the year ahead. Please take a look and feel free to reach out if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions for improvement. I will keep you updated throughout the year on progress towards achieving these important objectives.

Lastly, please find IATA’s most recent activities below. Thank you for your support and I will keep you posted as usual.

With kind regards,

Peter Cerdá

IATA’s Regional Vice President, The Americas

‚ÄčAmericas Focus: Archive

2023: 01-2023 (pdf) 02-2023 (pdf)

2022: 01-2022 (pdf) 02-2022 (pdf) 03-22 (pdf) 04-22 (pdf) 05-22 (pdf) 06-22 (pdf)

2021: 01-2021 (pdf) 02-2021 (pdf) 03-2021 (pdf) 04-2021 (pdf) 05-2021 (pdf) 06-2021 (pdf) 07-2021 (pdf)

2020: 01-2020 (pdf) 02-2020 (pdf) 03-2020 (pdf)

2019: Jan 2019 (pdf) Feb 2019 (pdf) May 2019 (pdf) #04 Version (pdf) #05 Version (pdf) #06 Version (pdf)
2018: Jan 2018 (pdf) Feb 2018 (pdf) Mar 2018 (pdf) Apr 2018 (pdf) May 2018 (pdf) Jun 2018 (pdf)
Jul 2018 (pdf) Aug-Sep 2018 (pdf) Oct-Nov 2018 (pdf) Summary 2018 (pdf)
2017: Q4 2017 (pdf) Q3 2017 (pdf) Q2 2017 (pdf) Q1 2017 (pdf)