The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) confirmed that Bogota will host the ALTA Airline Leaders Forum 2021 and that its ALTA CCMA & MRO Conference will be held in Punta Cana, both in person. The two reference spaces for the Latin American airline industry will discuss the future of the sector in a complex global scenario.
The air transport scenario is truly complex. Although in most countries progress is being made in the gradual reopening of connectivity, in some important markets restrictions are still very strong. Despite these contrasts, airlines are beginning to glimpse a light at the end of the tunnel that is guiding them into a context of great possibilities but, at the same time, fierce competition.
What does the future hold for Latin American airlines in this quest for recovery? What are the strategies to be followed as an industry? What practices are being implemented and what will it be necessary to assimilate in order to emerge from this crisis?
Bogota to host the ALTA Airline Leaders Forum 2021
All these points will be discussed during the two forums that the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) will hold in the region, in person, during the second half of 2021: the ALTA Airline Leaders Forum and the ALTA CCMA & MRO Conference. “These are the two major events that the association will hold this year in person, because we know that the biosecurity protocols work very well,” assured in this regard the executive director and CEO of ALTA, José Ricardo Botelho, who recalled that in December 2020 the ALTA CCMA & MRO was held in Cancun without any positive cases of COVID-19.
“We are confident in the protocols already established since the first wave of the pandemic, and we have worked hard with governments, with the entire chain, to guarantee all passengers safe travel,” added the leader.
The ALTA Airline Leaders Forum, which brings together the CEOs of the entire civil aviation industry chain and government representatives, will be held from October 24 to 26 in Bogota. Colombia is precisely one of the countries in the Americas that is recovering its connectivity the fastest, in the midst of the worst crisis in the history of aviation as a result of the pandemic and restrictions.
According to Botelho, at this summit industry leaders, ministers and speakers will discuss key points for the recovery of civil aviation and the socioeconomic development of the region. “We will have panels on tourism, technology and also on such an important topic as the environment,” he anticipated, and said that both ALTA and IATA are also scheduled to meet there with infrastructure officials from the entire region.
José Ricardo Botelho, ALTA CEO
The ALTA CCMA & MRO Conference will be held from August 22 to 24 in Punta Cana, with the participation of senior executives from the maintenance, technical procurement and technology areas of airlines operating in Latin America, the Caribbean, North America and Europe, and parts and services suppliers from all over the world. The Dominican Republic is another of the countries that is rapidly replenishing its flight network, especially with the US and Europe (given the high summer season), but also with Latin America and the rest of the Caribbean.
According to the information provided, not only will there be an analysis of “how the maintenance industry is doing, technological development, the industry’s human resources”, but there will also be a prominent space to discuss “efforts to achieve sustainability”. “Today more than ever the industry needs to talk about the environment. We will hold the first post-pandemic face-to-face meeting of the fuel committee to discuss a bit about SAF (sustainable aviation fuels), including carbon emission, among other key topics,” concluded Botelho.