Air Transport World

Improvements seen for future of Latin American airlines; Latin American airline executives join with air transport industry experts to analyze and identify key policy issues.

Improvements seen for future of Latin American airlines

Latin American airlines need to cooperate more closely to improve their economic performance. This was one of the main conclusions of a management seminar for chief executives organized this spring by the Latin American regional airline association (AITAL) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The subject--"Future Challenges to Latin American Air Transport'--attracted executives from 16 carriers in the region. The airlines were Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Aeronica, Aeroperu, Air Panama, Ecuatoriana, Ladeco, LAN-Chile, LAB, LAP, Mexicana, Sahsa, TACA, Varig, Vasp and Viasa.

The seminar sessions were co-chaired by Patricia Sepulveda, president of LAN-Chile and AITAL, and Eduardo Emanuel, president of Ecuatoriana. Among those making presentations were: David Kennedy, chief executive of Aer Lingus; Jose Chalen, commercial director of Aerolineas Argentinas; C.L. Sharma, deputy managing director of Air-India; Hans Jenny, general manager-cooperative projects of Swissair; and Maurice Foley, president/managing director of the GPA Group.

Strengthening secretariat

In addition to recommending greater cooperation between Latin American airlines, the seminar called for the strengthening of the AITAL secretarial, which currently consists of a part-time Executive Director, Dr. …

Log in to your account to read this article – and millions more.