Many governments across the Americas have reverted to implement new restrictions as the highly contagious delta variant spreads rapidly across the globe. Unfortunately, many of the new restrictions are not based on science and implemented with short notice and without industry coordination. We have seen the chaotic impact of such unilateral decisions in Argentina where the government reduced the number of daily passengers allowed to enter the country from 2,000 to 600 which leaves thousands of Argentinians stranded abroad, unable to fly home. In Colombia, the Ground Delay Program implemented by Aerocivil has led to severe bottlenecks and significant delays for our member airlines, negatively impacting the passenger experience. In both cases we have urged the authorities to have an open and transparent dialogue with the industry to quickly address these restrictions.
Once borders are open, they should remain open, and governments needs to understand aviation does not have a simple on and off switch. As you see in the below graphic, countries that have lifted restrictions and follow strict safety protocols have benefitted from an increase in bookings. But countries, like Canada and Chile, that have tightened restrictions have underperformed and lost connectivity.
To further ensure aviation’s long-term competitiveness, we are in the process of building close relationships with newly elected Governments across the region. In Peru, we recently met with key industry stakeholders to agree on a new way forward to build a common aviation agenda as the potentially new government will most likely pursue very different policies to what we have seen in the past. And we are meeting with the government of Ecuador in mid-July to identify opportunities to further grow the aviation sector in the country.
To close on some good news during these difficult times, in Honduras, we welcomed the government’s announcement of creating incentives for existing and new carriers serving the market and in Colombia, following extensive joint industry advocacy efforts, a potentially detrimental consumer protection bill was dropped during the Senate’s final debate.
Please find more details on IATA’s latest advocacy activities across the Americas below and please let me know if you have any questions or would like us to take further action.
With kind regards,
IATA’s Regional Vice President, The Americas
Americas Focus: Archive
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)