IATA highlights four challenges for Panama to continue aviation growth

10 September, 2019

IATA called (10-Sep-2019) for dialogue between Panama's Government and the aviation industry, "to address the challenges and find joint solutions in order to meet the growing demand for air connectivity in the country and hence supporting its continued economic development". IATA regional VP for the Americas Peter Cerda highlighted four challenges which need to be addressed:

  • Airspace optimisation, allowing Panama City Tocumen Airport to increase capacity from 40 to around 70 movements hourly;
  • Panama City Tocumen Airport expansion, where the government needs to ensure the necessary land acquisition to allow for the construction of the third runway;
  • Aviation as a strategic ally, avoiding establishing tax burdens which will jeopardise the competitiveness of Panama as a hub;
  • Reduction in environmental impact via CORSIA. [more - original PR]