peter-cerda-2015.pngDear Colleagues,

IATA released its 2023 Annual Safety Report with several 2023 parameters showing “best-ever” results as there were no hull losses or fatal accidents involving passenger jet aircraft in 2023. In North America, the all-accident rate rose from 0.53 per million sectors in 2022 to 1.14 in 2023 but remained better than its 5-year average for the region of 1.21. The largest proportion of accidents in 2023 were related to landing gear collapses. And in Latin America and the Caribbean, the region reversed an increase in accidents from the previous year. The all-accident rate per million sectors improved from 4.47 in 2022 to 0.37 in 2023, better than the 5-year average of 1.91. More details in the below graph.  

However, many safety-related incidents are widely covered by the media in recent days, resulting in a negative safety perception of passengers. A strong safety culture within the aviation industry is essential for continuous improvement in all aspects of operations. This topic will be featured on one of the key panels at the upcoming Wings of Change Americas Conference in Santiago, Chile on April 10 and 11 with the participation of the FAA, EASA and ICAO.  

In recent weeks, I had the opportunity to meet with various governments across the region, including the newly appointed authorities in Argentina ahead of IATA’s Aviation Day in Buenos Aires on April 4. The authorities explained the importance of the work done by the new administration since taking power in December, including the on-going review and modification of Argentina’s Aeronautical Code and other existing aviation norms with the goal of modernizing, deregulating and opening aviation in Argentina while eliminating prior privileges to government owned entities. The Government is very open to work with airlines and other industry stakeholders and we look forward to further engaging the authorities at the upcoming Aviation Day. 

In Brazil, I met with Brazil's Vice President and Minister of Development, Industry, Trade and Services Geraldo Alckmin, Minister of Mines and Energy Alexandre Silveira and Vice-Minister of Ports and Airports Mariana Pescatori in Brasilia and the government also expressed a collaborative attitude to work with the industry to enhance Brazil's connectivity by addressing the country’s high operating costs due to the cost of jet-fuel, litigation costs and volatile exchange rates. 

And lastly, in Ecuador, we met with President Daniel Noboa, Minister of Tourism Niels Olsen and Minister of Transport and Public Works Roberto Luque, to reemphasize the important role of aviation in the country and to urge the Government to eliminate the country’s currency repatriation tax that was recently re-established even though it was one of the conditions for Ecuador to sign the Open Skies agreement with the U.S.

As usual, please find more details on these meetings as well as IATA’s latest activities across the Americas below. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or ideas for further follow up. Thank you for your on-going support.

Best regards,

Peter Cerdá

IATA’s Regional Vice President, The Americas

‚ÄčAmericas Focus: Archive

2024: 01-2024 (pdf) 02-2024 (pdf)

2023: 01-2023 (pdf) 02-2023 (pdf) 03-2023 (pdf) 04-2023 (pdf) 05-2023 (pdf) 06-2023 (pdf) 07-2023 (pdf) 08-2023 (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)