Connectivity is Central Theme of ALTA’s 15th Annual Airline Leaders Forum Taking Place This Week in Panama City, Panama

Panama City, Panama (October 28, 2018) – Connectivity is the central theme of ALTA’s (the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association) 15th Annual Airline Leaders Forum taking place this week, October 28 – 30, 2018, in Panama City, hosted by Autoridad de Turismo de Panamá and Tocumen International Airport, along with host carrier Copa Airlines.

More than 500 aviation industry decision makers are attending this year’s Airline Leaders Forum, including CEOs and other high-level executives from 41 airlines; ministers of state from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Panama; civil aviation authorities; and local, regional and international associations; as well as other leading industry providers.

The largest and most important event of its nature in the Latin America and Caribbean commercial aviation industry, ALTA’s Airline Leaders Forum is designed to stimulate an international dialogue that promotes safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly aviation in the region. The Forum provides an excellent opportunity for the industry to come together, analyze and address how best to navigate the current industry challenges and prepare for the future of air transport development.

The ALTA Airline Leaders Forum is the scenario to reflect and propose solutions to the multiple challenges that the airline industry faces in Latin America, and at the same time, it is the forum to find the best way to take advantage of the region’s industry opportunities. This gathering allows industry leaders to establish the dialogue necessary to work more and more for the passenger, to engage various industry stakeholders, and to consolidate an increasingly more safe, innovative and sustainable air industry in Latin America,” said Hernan Rincon, President of ALTA’s Executive Committee and CEO of Avianca.

“Collaborative efforts set in motion throughout the 15 years of the Airline Leaders Forum have been instrumental in paving the way in advancing safety, efficiency and environmental responsibility throughout the Latin America and Caribbean region,” said ALTA’s Executive Director Luis Felipe de Oliveira. “ALTA continues serving as a point of convergence for air transport in the region, connecting all industry players, fostering an international dialogue, and coordinating efforts to develop safer, more efficient and sustainable aviation in the region. This week, we look forward to a rich agenda focused on connectivity. The airline industry, through connectivity, is a vast engine driving the region’s economic and social development, bringing communities and people closer together, boosting tourism, spurring economic development and generating sources of employment.”

Since the first ALTA Airline Leaders Forum was held in 2003, the Latin America and Caribbean air transport industry has tripled the number of passengers carried from 94.8 million to 278 million, tripled the number of aircraft from 689 to 2,014, and grew GDP by more than 50 percent reaching $6.03 trillion of which the travel and tourism industry contributes nine percent.
During 2018, ALTA:

  • Moved its operations to Panama with a renewed executive team in order to provide closer, timely and efficient support for its members and partners. Based in Panama City, ALTA is taking advantage of connectivity and can reach virtually any destination in the region with just one flight, improving the association’s efficiency from a location in the heart of the region it represents.
  • Strengthened its group of affiliate members and welcomed more than 10 new affiliate companies who support the industry and play an important role in the development of aviation.
  • Welcomed four new airlines, including the full airline member Interjet of Mexico, and associate members Privilege Style, Lufthansa Group and Atlas Air Worldwide.
  • ALTA committees and working groups were highly active, including its Maintenance and Technical Procurement Committee, Legal and Aeropolitcal Affairs Committee, ALTA/IATA Safety Team, Fraud Prevention Committee, Environmental Committee and ALTA/IATA Fuel Committee. For details, visit ALTA Committees.
  • For complete details on the region’s statistics, information on ALTA’s committees and working groups, a year-in-review of ALTA’s actions, and member profiles, visit the ALTA 2018 – 2019 Yearbook which was released today.

This week’s Airline Leaders Forum agenda focuses on the importance of connectivity, which is central to ensuring the continued economic and social growth and development of the region. For the complete agenda, including speakers, visit: Forum Agenda.

For the first time in the Forum’s history, ALTA had the privilege of offering a demonstration flight, and this morning, executives and media attending the Forum participated in this activity.

“Thank you ALTA for the opportunity to include the E190-E2 demonstration flight in the agenda of this important aviation event in Latin America. We have been able to show the airlines and the press of the region the characteristics that make the E190-E2 a unique aircraft, the most efficient and silent in its category, the ideal aircraft to increase connectivity and also complement the fleet of narrow bodies of the region’s airlines,” said Reinaldo Krugner, Vice President of Sales for Latin America, Embraer Commercial Aviation.

In addition, ALTA’s annual “Alas de América” awards ceremony will take place during the Forum. The award was born as an initiative by ALTA to recognize a person, or private or governmental institution that has made or is making a significant contribution to the growth and continuous improvement of the airline industry in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

Primary sponsors for this year’s ALTA Airline Leaders Forum include: Boeing, CFM International, Embraer, and World Fuel Services. Additional sponsors include: Accelya, Amadeus, Brussels Airport, Hitit, Illuminair Support Corp., Kellstrom Aerospace, Lufthansa Systems, Lufthansa Technik, Miami-Dade International Airport, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp., Pratt & Whitney, Sabre, SITA, SmartKargo, SuperJet International, Terpel, UATP, Willis Lease, and WorldPay.

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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