Published On: Thu, Nov 20th, 2014

ALTA urges aviation stakeholders to embrace innovation for sustained growth

LogoALTAMIAMI - The 11th ALTA Airline Leaders Forum and its 34th Annual General Meeting (AGM), celebrated this year at the Atlantis Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas, came to a close this past Friday after showcasing perspectives from airline CEOs and industry experts on topics and trends expected to impact the industry and its growth for the next decades.

The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) gathered over 500 delegates from airlines and aviation-related organizations from throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia to discuss the state of the industry, as well as to review opportunities both to overcome existing obstacles related to infrastructure and the regulatory environment, as well as to enhance the growth forecasted for the region for the next twenty years. Best global and regional practices were shared to understand how to optimize planning for airports, promoting a comprehensive vision of the industry´s need and the catalysts for change for the better of aviation.

Though the growth of the region´s air traffic doubles that of Latin American and  Caribbean´s economies, the industry stakeholders express concern that the impact of a slowdown may be exacerbated by the barriers presented by inefficiencies in processes and infrastructure, ultimately impacting the performance of the region´s industry.

ALTA and several government entities and air transport associations throughout the region have made significant strides towards the improvement of safety, which can exemplify the positive outcomes of working hand in hand to overcome inefficiencies. The association firmly believes the collaboration of the key players in the industry can bring about similarly substantial gains to the improvement of efficiency in the region´s aviation operations, including customs and immigration processes.

The Forum also brought to the fore challenges faced by the Caribbean region´s airlines, particularly taxation and language barriers, among others. Addressing these issues is sure to enhance the Caribbean´s potential as it geographically nestles between two important traffic generating masses, represented by a population of over 900 million.

Eduardo Iglesias, ALTA´s Executive Director and Chairman of the conference stated, "Our objective here is to make sure that we set out a roadmap facilitating the exploration and discovery of opportunities. These opportunities may lie in technology, innovation, shifting of mindsets, strategic relations with key partners, benchmarking off the best, and embracing change. It is clear that we continue to have challenges but also know that we are entering an exciting era during which we will avail ourselves of tools that will propel the aviation industry in spite of existing challenges."

In addition, ALTA recapitulated the roster of new members for this year, which included Omni Air International, Rolls-Royce, Seabury and Sky Airline.

Following ALTA´s 34th AGM, it was announced that the association´s Executive Committee was reelected, consisting therefore of the same members for the term 2014-2015:

  • President - Andrés Conesa, CEO, AeroMéxico
  • Vice President - Enrique Cueto, CEO, LATAM Airlines Group, S.A.
  • Fabio Villegas - CEO, Avianca
  • Pedro Heilbron, CEO, Copa Airlines
  • Albert Kluyver - CEO, InselAir
  • Mariano Recalde - CEO, Aerolíneas Argentinas S.A.
  • Paulo Kakinoff - CEO, GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes

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