International passenger traffic in Latin America will recover at the end of the year
This was stated by the President of the ICAO Council, Salvatore Sciacchitano
Aviation's Long Term Aspirational Goal (LTAG) for CO2 emissions reduction, and how Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) will play a key role in achieving it of future air transport emissions targets, highlighted among other air transport sustainability targets and recovery issues discussed last week between ICAO and Latin American aviation leaders.
The meetings related to the President of the ICAO Council, Salvatore Sciacchitano, and the Secretary General, Juan Carlos Salazar, were held together with the 24th Ordinary Assembly of the Latin American Civil Aviation Commission (CLAC), which closed in Montevideo the Friday.
ICAO leaders also addressed the opening and closing ceremonies of the Assembly, providing the latest global insights to help inform Latin America's planning and progress.
On the subject of air transport sustainability, and in addition to updates on the LTAG process and the role that SAF is expected to play, ICAO officials also called for the full participation of States in the Air Transport Offset and Reduction Plan. Carbon for International Aviation (CORSIA) .
On the subject of aviation recovery, ICAO leadership highlighted the critical importance of better government-industry coordination to increase the sector's resilience to future pandemic events, particularly with regard to priorities for solutions. contactless passenger facilitation and the establishment of public health corridors. (PHC).
The full participation of States in the ICAO Public Key Directory (PKD), including the Master Health List, and their implementation of the ICAO Traveler Identification Program (TRIP) were also highlighted as important building blocks of the that countries must now achieve as part of international aviation. Post-pandemic new normal.
In his opening remarks at the CLAC Assembly, Council President Sciacchitano praised the cohesiveness of Latin America's collaborative response to the pandemic to date.
"This region's international passenger traffic is currently projected to recover to more than 90 percent of its pre-crisis level by the end of 2022," he noted, "and much of this regional success can be attributed to exemplars of international cooperation. that Latin American aviation has benefited for many years”.
“The recovery successes in Latin America must also be attributed in part to the recommendations issued by the ICAO Council Aviation COVID-19 Task Force, or CART,” he also emphasized, “and to the exemplary and directly related cooperation with the government and industry that was established to support its effective implementation.
The ICAO Secretary General, Salazar, underlined that he was encouraged by the better management of the pandemic worldwide and highlighted that there is a significant repressed demand for travel and tourism that could have a very positive impact on the volume of passengers in the coming years. months.
“However, this can only be fully harnessed if we continue to demonstrate solidarity and commitment to our shared goals of air travel and economic recovery,” he emphasized.
ICAO leaders highlighted that the 41st session of the ICAO Assembly will begin in September 2022, providing LACAC States with a vital opportunity to contribute to global momentum on a variety of safety, security and security issues. and aviation sustainability.
This could be achieved by showing the variety of innovative initiatives and programs that have enabled the region's achievements in aviation development, together with the agreements and progress made by the LACAC States at its 24th Assembly.
The President and the Secretary General were accompanied on their mission to Uruguay by the ICAO Regional Director for South America, Fabio Rabbani; and the Regional Director for North America, Central America and the Caribbean, Melvin Cintron.
The ministerial meetings concluded during the Uruguayan mission included bilateral talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Francisco Bustillo, and the Minister of Defense, Javier García, of the host State. A meeting was also held with the Malaysian Minister of Transport, Datuk Seri Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong, who attended the LACAC meeting.
ICAO leadership also met with the leaders of civil aviation authorities from South American States and official representatives from Qatar, Singapore and the Republic of Korea.