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Aircraft and transport. Iata: power of aviation in Latin America

Infrastructures and costs key to harness it

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean to focus on infrastructure, costs and the region’s regulatory framework. By concentrating on these areas, the economic and social benefits of aviation can be maximized while accommodating the region’s expanding demand for air connectivity.

Aviation already plays an important role in the region’s economy, employing some five million people and supporting $170 billion in GDP.

Infrastructure

IATA called for the region’s governments to work with industry to develop a long-term strategy that will ensure sufficient capacity, affordable costs and service and technical expertise aligned with user needs.

The region’s key capacity challenges are Buenos Aires, Bogota, Lima, Mexico City, Havana and Santiago. The Association highlighted Mexico City and Santiago as the most pressing:


Costs

The Association cited several areas where the cost burden of government policies and taxes is excessive and counter-productive:


Modern Regulatory Structure

IATA also called for governments across the region to evolve a modern regulatory structure with a focus on harmonization and mutual recognition of standards. While the region has been a pioneer in the evolution of trans-national brands, nationally-based regulation limits potential efficiency gains. For example, technical crew and aircraft cannot be utilized flexibly to maximum efficiency because safety policies do not recognize common standards across the region.

The Association called for a comprehensive dialogue among the governments and airlines of the region to look for the efficiencies that can be generated through mutual recognition of common standards.

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