Iata turns spotlight on opportunities in Latin America
The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has urged governments in Latin America and the Caribbean region (Latin America) to take full advantage of the connectivity provided by aviation in order to chart a more successful future for the region.
The economic and social benefits of a successful aviation sector are clear - some 4.6 million jobs and USD1 07 billion in GDP in Latin America. But many governments in the region are pursuing policies which treat the industry as a luxury rather than as a catalyst for economic growth. "While some countries in the region - such as Chile and Panama - recognize the value of aviation, others are erecting physical and financial barriers to success, ignoring the lessons of places like South Korea, the Gulf or Singapore, which have placed aviation connectivity at the core of their development plans," said Tony Tyler, Iata's director general and CEO in the opening address of the Wings of Change conference in Santiago (Chile).
From tomorrow, 1 April 2014, another important industry meeting will take place in the region - the Intermodal South America in Sao Paulo (Brazil).