Driving efficient ATM in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation, CANSO, has highlighted three key drivers for efficient and effective air traffic management (ATM) in Latin America and the Caribbean; collaboration, harmonisation and innovation.

Speaking at the CANSO Latin America and Caribbean Conference 2017 in Salvador, CANSO director general Jeff Poole cited low airfares, rising incomes and demographic growth as fuelling significant passenger demand in Latin America and the Caribbean.

As a result of these propelling factors, passenger growth is expected to double by 2034, increasing aircraft movements and the air transport industry’s contribution to regional GDP could potentially jump from $140 billion to $322 billion within the next two decades.

Jeff Poole said: “The ATM industry has a key role to play in helping to manage increased air traffic flow safely, effectively and efficiently. To do this we must look for opportunities to strengthen our cross-industry and pan-regional partnerships and improve performance by implementing industry best practice and embracing new technologies.”

Poole said that establishing and maintaining partnerships is one of the priorities for the region, and observed that collaboration in ATM within the region plays a pivotal role in the development and delivery of ATM.

He explained that CANSO is working closely with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International (ACI), and is committing to strengthening the relationship with the Latin America and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA), in order to further improve efficiency and effectiveness of cross-industry operations in the region.

He continued: “We are also celebrating the power of partnership on an industry level, whether that is co-operation between members – like EANA and DECEA – or as part of wider initiatives like the CANSO ATFM Data Exchange Network for the Americas (CADENA), or the newly formed Air Transport Optimisation Group (ATOG) in Panama.

“If partnerships are key to co-ordinating change, then we must also closely consider the tools and approaches available to improve, and ultimately harmonise, operational performance in the region. Whether that is air traffic flow management and collaborative decision making, or performance based navigation – each has an important role to play in boosting ATM within the region and promoting integrated air navigation service provision.

“CANSO calls on the industry to embrace the critical part that innovation and new technologies are playing in developing capacity in the region. From automation and artificial intelligence, to state-of-the-art communication and surveillance systems, each brings us another step forward in our mission to deliver systematic modernisation across the region, and transform global ATM performance. What we need to do now is work together on our exciting journey onwards and upwards to ensure that we can realise the industry’s potential to improve performance and deliver real value across the aviation chain – both regionally and internationally.”

In order to face the challenge of increased demand in the region and ensure a benefit, Poole said the ATM industry needs to educate, grow and innovate; embrace tools and technology; and keep safety and security at the forefront of developments.

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