ALTA will celebrate its tenth Pan American Aviation Safety Summit in Quito
The conference will take place from June 17 to 19, 2019 at the J.W. Marriott Quito, Ecuador to review trends to mitigate air incidents
The Pan American Aviation Safety Summit is one of the most important aviation safety conferences in the Latin American and Caribbean commercial aviation, recognized for bringing together civil aviation authorities, aircraft manufacturers, airlines, airports, air traffic controllers, flight schools, and industry associations to review safety statistics and trends that will drive the sustainable development of air transport in the region.
This year, ALTA will celebrate its tenth Safety Summit in Quito, as a result of a Cooperation Agreement on Civil Aviation, signed between ALTA, the Civil Aviation Authority of Ecuador and the Ministry of Transport and Public Works of Ecuador in September 2018. The agreement established the general conditions to achieve cooperation and technical assistance in the fields of safety, air navigation and related aeronautical technical-administrative processes, as well as initiatives to promote a safer and more efficient air transport.
The Safety Summit counts with the support of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Flight Safety Foundation, the CAA of Ecuador, Quiport and Quito Turismo. The agenda features topics and initiatives to mitigate risks such as: timely access and efficient use of data during the flight; the ALTA/IATA program to promote ISSA in the region; review of safety events as case studies; practices to define prevention mechanisms, among others.
Luis Felipe de Oliveira, ALTA’s Executive Director and CEO, comments: “Safety is the industry’s number one priority. This annual meeting allows us to gather safety experts and dedicate three days to review statistics, trends, and areas of improvement to continue operating as the safest means of transport for our populations. In 2018, ALTA reinforced its commitment with air transport users by signing an agreement with IATA to promote ISSA certification in the region, so that more airlines in Latin America and the Caribbean may access to the required training and tests to increasingly improve their safety standards”.
Aviation in Latin America and the Caribbean continues to make great efforts to continue improving operational safety and the results demonstrate it. According to data from IATA, in 2018, the turboprop hull loss rate in Latin America and the Caribbean was 0, compared to 1.01 between 2013 and 2017. Last year, 4.3 billion passengers flew safely in 46.1 million flights around the world. Comparatively with the last 5 years, fewer air accidents have been experienced, reaching in 2018 a rate of 1.35 accidents for every 1 million flights.
For Andrew O’Brian, President and General Director of Quiport, “the dynamics around safety is an important axis, which obliges the entities involved to keep up to date and at the forefront in this area. Since the start of operations of the Quito International Airport, we have implemented a culture of continuous improvement to achieve ever higher standards of customer service, operational efficiency, connectivity development and, of course, safety for the benefit of airlines and passengers. We are pleased to be co-hosts of the tenth Pan American Aviation Safety Summit in Quito”.
Anyelo Acosta, General Director of Civil Aviation Authority of Ecuador comments: “The Government of Ecuador, through the implementation of new air policies, such as the Open Skies, the 40% subsidy to jet fuel and the Incentives Plan for the airports administered by the of Civil Aviation Authority of Ecuador has undertaken a comprehensive strategy to promote air connectivity in the country and in the region, a tactic that goes hand in hand with operational safety that has allowed Ecuador to avoid accidents in civil aviation for a decade”.
Within the context of this conference, the ALTA/IATA Safety Group will have its annual in-person meeting, as well as the RASG-PA Plenary. The main focus of the ALTA/IATA Safety Group is to promote and support the exchange of information, data and statistics to identify the main operational risks in the region and to seek mitigation measures while exchanging best practices among carriers and authorities in Latin America and the Caribbean.