The Airports Council International – Latin America & Caribbean (ACI-LAC) met for the first time this year and, within the framework of the 10th edition of the International Air Transport Association “Wings of Change” Aviation Forum, held a high-level meeting with IATA executives to discuss strategic issues that ACI-LAC and IATA share and that require mutual cooperation to promote the growth of air transport and thus facilitate the value of aviation between cities as a driver of economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The meeting was attended by Angela Gittens, Director General of ACI World; Alexandre de Juniac, CEO of IATA; Martín Eurnekián, Presidente of ACI-LAC and Vice Chair of ACI World; Peter Cerda, IATA VP for the Americas; Javier Martínez, Director General of ACI-LAC; Andrew O’Brian and Ezequiel Barrenechea, Vice Presidents of ACI-LAC; Luis Felipe de Oliveira, Executive Director of ALTA; Filipe Reiss and Oracio Márquez of IATA.

During the meeting, the main issues agreed upon in a memorandum of understanding signed last year in November among ACI-LAC, ALTA and IATA were discussed. The agreement provides for joint efforts to:

  • Improve the operational safety of aviation to achieve the safety goals set by the Regional Aviation Safety Group – Pan America (RASG-PA);
  • Implement safety and facilitation measures, including new technologies designed to simplify commercial procedures and transactional processes;
  • Continue with efforts to improve airport infrastructure and air traffic management initiatives for secure, efficient and sustainable operations;
  • Collaborate and exchange best practices on fuel supply and storage;
  • Place commercial aviation in government agendas to highlight the value of aviation of a driver of economic and social development.

Martín Eurnekián highlighted the need to maintain an ongoing dialogue between the different organizations, regardless of issues concerning airport fees and concession models in respect of which there are different perspectives. He also reiterated ACI-LAC’s permanent commitment to seeking opportunities for collaboration among key players in the aviation industry. “The challenges posed by the projected growth in passenger and cargo traffic in the region over the next 20 years demand genuine efforts by airlines to ensure safe and sustainable development of air transport in the region,” said Eurnekián, President of ACI-LAC.