Remarks of CANSO Director General, Jeff Poole, at the CANSO Latin America and Caribbean Conference, San José, Costa Rica, 6 December 2016

7 December 2016

In his speech at the CANSO Latin America and Caribbean Conference on 6 December 2016, CANSO Director General, Jeff Poole, outlined exciting opportunities and key developments in the region.

Commenting on the rapid increase in passenger demand and the important role that aviation plays in promoting GDP growth in Latin America and Caribbean, Poole said that the sector has huge opportunities to increase connectivity and stimulate economic growth. For this growth to be sustainable however, he advised that essential improvements to ATM infrastructure and procedures will need to be made.

To achieve this, Poole outlined the importance of the sector working in partnership to make the case for ATM infrastructure funding to States. He also called for the separation of ANS services from the States’ regulatory function so ANSPs can operate as normal businesses.

Poole highlighted important achievements in operational excellence in the region, including improving environmental performance; implementing performance-based navigation; building a structure to facilitate air traffic flow management; and further enhancing safety. The CANSO Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) Data Exchange Network for the Americas (CADENA) that ensures that capacity is used effectively and the CANSO Standard of Excellence in Air Navigation Services-Safety (SEANS-Safety), which helps ANSPs improve their safety management systems, are key examples of such innovation.


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