María Jesús Lopez Solas, Chief Commercial, Network Development and Alliances Officer of Iberia: “Latin America is at the heart of Iberia”

By Jeff Peet, Managing Editor. 1. Iberia has a social and cultural commitment to Latin America that, throughout its 75-year history, has been increasing. That reality must go hand in hand with a commercial consideration, of course. At this point in the pandemic, how is that balance being managed between that socio-cultural commitment and the company's commercial strategy? Having been aggressive in that balance, it has made us precisely even improve our results. It has all been like a very virtuous circle. When the pandemic began, in the first months, almost all the airlines in the world had to reduce operations to zero, maintaining only repatriation flights, medical supplies and vaccine transport but then, in June 2020, we resumed fundamental [...]

2022-08-05T18:12:55+03:00December 1st, 2021|Interviews|

Dr. Rafael Echevarne, General Director of ACI-LAC, after concluding the Annual General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico: “ACI’s visibility is going to be much greater and, on the environmental issue, we will take a leadership position”

1. What stands out as the main achievement after holding this Annual General Assembly of ACI-LAC, beyond the renewal of your board and the resolutions they have adopted? The commitment, the interest of the airports in the region in everything related to the environment has become very clear. That has been one of the main issues we have discussed. It is very clear that there is great interest and, in fact, it is one of the issues that we will be reinforcing next year as part of an strategy at ACI-LAC, in the sense of ensuring that all airports are aware of new technologies, of how airports would have to respond to them, such as the development of SAF and, [...]

2021-11-29T21:35:50+02:00November 29th, 2021|Interviews|

Benjamin Smith, CEO and Director-General of Air France-KLM: “The Latin American market is strong. At Air France-KLM, we believe it will be one of the last to fully recover but it will happen much sooner than Asia”

By Jeff Peet, Managing Editor – ALA News With respect to the current health crisis that has hit us all so hard, how much longer can the industry endure such adverse conditions and when do you expect to see steady signs of recovery? All airlines need cash to survive. With access to enough cash airlines can continue however this depends on the source. Government support in most regions require a demonstration that market dynamics will not be unfairly changed. Air France-KLM are working toward an assumption that 2019 revenues will return to our group in the 2024/2025 period. From your perspective, what is the area of ​​the industry that has been the most affected and where the challenges of recovery [...]

2021-09-20T21:10:06+03:00August 11th, 2021|Interviews|

David Perez, CEO of Tenerife Tourism: “Aviation is key to what we want to achieve as a destination and what we want to offer to those who visit us”

By Jeff Peet, Managing Editor from Tenerife. 1.- How long have you been professionally involved in the tourism industry? I have always worked in the tourism industry. I am 47 years old and I have been doing it for the last 25 years, so I have dedicated most of my life to be involved in the sector, both in hotels and airport handling, but also and mostly with tour operators and agencies, as a contractor. Tourism is something that I like, that I am passionate about and when you feel passion for what you do, everything is much easier and it becomes more bearable. 2.- What is the importance of the Aviation-Event 2021 Tenerife conference that you just hosted less [...]

2021-06-18T00:34:09+03:00June 17th, 2021|Interviews|

Bobbi Wells, President of the International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA): “There is a great need for visionary and transformative leaders to step forward and reimagine the future of aviation”

By Jeff Peet, Managing Editor. 1.-What is the reality of the participation of women in the commercial aviation industry? The number of women in aviation has remained stagnant or has decreased in most functional specialties since the 1980’s. That shocking statistic isn’t going to compel improvements in gender balance; nor will change happen solely because it’s the right thing to do. The aviation system and who participates in that system is a product of the system design. All elements of that system must shift to encourage girls and women to seek careers in aviation. Once in aviation, the systems that support employees must be adjusted to understand and account for the unique  pressures and obligations of women. Until those responsible [...]

2021-03-23T11:33:59+02:00March 23rd, 2021|Interviews|

José Ricardo Botelho, CEO and Executive Director of ALTA: “At the CCMA & MRO Conference, We Proved Once Again That Aviation Is The Safest And Most Bio-Secure Means Of Transport”

By Jeff Peet, Editor-in-Chief.     Much has been said about the resilience of civil aviation. Many even argue that no other industry could have withstood a crisis like this, despite having been one of the most affected economic sectors and on which so many other areas such as tourism depend. In this context, the question that immediately arises is: How long can the industry endure such adverse conditions to operate? Or rightly, what does it require to continue operating, depending on what is coming?   The crisis caused by the Coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented and its effects on the economy and our way of life will continue for a while. This year has been very complex for everyone, private [...]

2021-02-23T03:07:24+02:00December 4th, 2020|Interviews|

Salvatore Sciacchitano, President of the International Civil Aviation Organization: “The COVID-19 pandemic emphasizes the importance of solidarity and global alignment in Aviation”

Salvatore Sciacchitano, President of the International Civil Aviation Organization: "The COVID-19 pandemic emphasizes the importance of solidarity and global alignment in Aviation"   Edited by Jeff Peet   1.- What role has the industry played in the development of harmonization measures, that is, actions common to all its actors to face this pandemic in a coordinated manner?   Industry participation has been wide and highly appreciated. Airline and airport operators are more directly involved in the passenger experience and, as historical aviation safety performance reveals, protecting passengers from any and all risks to their health and safety is the first and higher commitment of air transport.   From a general point of view, everyone should appreciate that CART's work has [...]

2020-10-22T09:19:55+03:00October 21st, 2020|Interviews|

Rafael Echevarne, ACI-LAC Director General: “This first semester, in Latin America and the Caribbean, commercial aviation has lost 170 million passengers and 2 billion dollars”

Rafael Echevarne, ACI-LAC Director General "This first semester, in Latin America and the Caribbean, commercial aviation has lost 170 million passengers and 2 billion dollars" By Jeff Peet   1.- What is the operation or current reality of airports in Latin America and the Caribbean and what can you tell us, within the framework of what will be the “new normality”? The first thing to note is that the airports in Latin America and the Caribbean have not ceased operating. The vast majority have continued to operate because, despite the fact that there are no passenger flights, there are cargo, humanitarian and repatriation flights. There are perhaps some small and rather remote that might have closed, but in a high [...]

2020-08-06T14:18:07+03:00August 5th, 2020|Interviews|

Luis Felipe de Oliveira, Executive Director & CEO, Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA): ““Much Coordination Will Be Needed To Take-Off Again”

By Jeff Peet, Managing Editor. 1.- ALTA underwent a big transformation with the change of headquarters from Miami to Panama City, hiring more than half of a team that was new to the industry and you also adopted a strategy to be closer to your members and basic audience. How has that process evolved?  Well, when I took over, ALTA was in a crisis of identity because it was a small organization trying to be a big one, competing with the other organizations in the region and that was a big mistake. Basically as an organization, you need to rely on your peers and work together. In addition, we are in the same industry so there is a need to [...]

2021-12-27T21:04:29+02:00April 24th, 2020|Interviews|