250 safety experts participated in the tenth ALTA’s Pan American Aviation Safety Summit

The conference took place for the first time in Ecuador thanks to the support of IATA, ICAO, Flight Safety Foundation and DGAC Ecuador, Quiport and Quito Turismo as hosts

Quito, June 21, 2019 – The Pan American Aviation Safety Summit had three days of practical discussions on risk and incidents, presentation of new technologies and procedures to mitigate risks, updates and status of the working groups actions to improve safety standards in the region, as well as trends that will help the industry to further guarantee safety to air transport users.

Luis Felipe de Oliveira, ALTA’s Executive Director and CEO, commented: “The aviation industry is steadily growing in Latin America and the Caribbean. More and more people in the region are make use of the safest, most efficient and environmentally responsible means of transport. Safety is our priority number one and as an association, ALTA maintains and reinforces the commitment with each one of the industry players, countries and populations served to seek the most efficient and safest mechanisms, technologies and procedures. We reinforce our commitment to improve the regional capillarity of the aviation, bringing the social and economic development the industry generates in a safe and consistent way”.

In 2018, 64 new routes (22 domestic and 42 international) were inaugurated in the region and, 86 aircraft were delivered to close the year with an operating fleet of 1,962 aircraft. The region continues to grow, and it is estimated that in 2019 the airlines in the region will exceed 300 million passengers carried and more than 40 new routes will be opened. The discussions that took place during these three days of conference will provide the most important component so that these growth perspectives can be reached.

“Conducting these events together here in Quito has been a very successful approach, mainly as the Safety Summit themes were so complementary to the strategic role played by the Pan-American Regional Aviation Safety Group. Going forward our results here should be critical to enabling States and industry to progress their safety performance in line with global targets and objectives in ICAO’s Global Aviation Safety Plan”, commented Fabio Rabbani, Regional Director ICAO SAM office.

“This meeting was a further validation of how determined partnership and leadership on behalf of the industry, civil aviation authorities, and ICAO, working together within the Regions, can help to ensure that key synergies are identified and capitalized on for the benefit of all. ICAO continues to welcome this intensively collegial and collaborative approach, and the successes its achieving in terms of aviation safety performance and sustainability”, explained Melvin Cintron Regional Director, ICAO NACC office.

The ISSA Program to raise safety standards in the region

Since June 2018, the region has achieved significant progress in safety based on the agreement signed between ALTA and IATA to promote the IATA Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA) in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

In this term, 12 airlines have registered for the program and have begun workshops to achieve ISSA certification. The first carrier to participate was the Brazilian airline TwoFlex and, since then, were registered Amaszonas Bolivia, Amaszonas Uruguay, ASTA, Costa Rica Green Airways, Fly Montserrat, Rima, SANSA, Sunrise, Trans Guyana Airway, ABAETÉ Aerotaxi and TAG Airlines.

Ecuador as a benchmark for aviation in the region

Within the context of this conference, ALTA launched its Aviation Insight Ecuador: a compendium of air transport statistics in the country, its impact on economy and social development.

In this study, data from 2018 is reported, year in which Ecuador’s air transport market carried 7.6 million passengers, with a7.7% growth compared to 2017 and an annual average growth of 5.3% in the last 10 years.

The growth potential of air transport in Ecuador is even greater, and the country is preparing to receive more tourists and generate greater economic and social benefits through the catalytic effect of the travel and tourism sector.

“Quito is the gateway to Ecuador. Its privileged geographical position in the center of the world offers the traveler a perfect combination of culture, nature, adventure, gastronomy and warmth of its people. It also has the Mariscal Sucre International Airport, one of the most modern in the continent, which offers an important connectivity of destinations”, said Mónica Riquetti, Technical Manager of Quito Turismo.

“IATA would like to thank the Ecuadorian authorities, sponsors, ALTA and all the participants, for the great opportunity offered to be able to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Safety Summit in the best possible and unique framework: Quito. Only with major events like this, where regulators, authorities and industry go hand in hand, is possible to progress to reach and conquer the challenges that arise before our wonderful region”, said Jose Ruiz Regional Director SFO IATA Americas.

“All efforts will be valid not only in the country, but also in the region so that the airline industry continues to be the most efficient and safest transport in the world,” remarked Anyelo Acosta, General Director of Civil Aviation of Ecuador.

The President and CEO of Quiport, Andrew O’Brian, highlighted the importance given to him by Quiport, a private company in charge of the operation, administration, maintenance and development of the Quito International Airport, to work in conjunction with airlines and other civil aviation stakeholders in terms of safety. Additionally, he predicted that “air traffic in the region will double in the next 10 years, and the success of the present and future in our industry depends on coordinated work among all the actors”.

The Pan American Aviation Safety Summit is one of the most important safety conferences in the region, recognized for bringing together civil aviation authorities, aircraft manufacturers, airlines, airports, air traffic controllers, flight schools and industry associations to review statistics and trends in safety matters that will drive the sustainable development of air transport in the region. Next year, the conference will take place in Sao Paulo, June 8-10, 2020.

About ALTA
ALTA is a private non-profit association serving the airline industry whose objective is to develop a safer, more efficient, and sustainable aviation in Latin America and the Caribbean. ALTA coordinates collaborative efforts throughout the entire value chain maximizing the impact that aviation has on the economic and social growth of the region for the benefit of industry, nations, and populations served by air transport.


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