peter-cerda-2015.pngDear Colleagues,

While we seem to turn the corner on the pandemic, we have all been shocked by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and corresponding global consequences. Given these geopolitical developments and corresponding airspace closures, I would like to reiterate IATA’s operational support to your teams via our dedicated team at the FAA Command Center who are proactively working with ATC centers, airports and ANSPs around the globe to mitigate the impact of these airspace closures on your operations. You can contact our team via the below phone number and email in case you have not utilized our support at +1 (540) 422-4148 and faa-liaison@iata.org. IATA also implemented Business Continuity Plans for BSP and CASS Russia and the local settlement in RUB has continued to be executed without disruptions.

In more positive news, we are seeing a growing momentum in the recovery of air travel around the world. We have seen a sharp 11% increase for international tickets sold in recent weeks (in proportion to 2019 sales) and the below graph highlights the regional recovery in key countries in number of flights as more governments announce a relaxation of COVID-19 border restrictions.

The industry recovery is further supported by the return of in person conferences. I am pleased to share that we will host two events in the coming weeks: First the Aviation Day Ecuador on March 17 to further urge the government to make air transport in Ecuador more competitive.

And then the regional Wings of Change Americas Conference in Santiago on April 6 & 7 with a focus on how the air transport sector can work jointly with governments to build a sustainable future together, followed by a dedicated ATAG sustainability workshop with subject matter experts and regional civil aviation authorities. I hope to re-connect with many of you in person then.

Lastly, we continue our advocacy efforts to ensure that passenger and cargo operations are not disrupted by the global rollout of 5G. The next step is to complete the collection of 5G global rollout data which will help us to proactively advocate for spectrum regulators to agree on appropriate 5G license conditions and for government agencies to collaborate, so aviation can safely coexist with 5G. In the United States, the FAA has cleared 20 altimeter models and approved 90% of the U.S. commercial fleet for landing in low-visibility approaches in areas with C-Band 5G. The next phase of 5G activation commences on July 6 with telecommunication companies intending to deploy additional base stations “in any manner consistent with their C-BAND licenses” according to an agreement signed by the FAA Administrator. IATA is engaged with all relevant stakeholders and has created a dedicated Aviation and 5G web page to keep you informed on the most recent developments.

As usual, please find below IATA’s latest activities and initiatives across the Americas. Please let me know if you have any questions and continue to count on our support

With kind regards,

Peter Cerdá

IATA’s Regional Vice President, The Americas

‚ÄčAmericas Focus: Archive

2022: 01-2022 (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)