Sergio Allard by CANAERO.

The triumph of President-Elect López Obrador (AMLO) in Mexico’s 2018 federal elections has brought a cloud of uncertainty over the NAIM project. One of the campaign proposals of AMLO was the cancellation of NAIM on the grounds of possible corruption in the award of tenders for its construction. One of the first associations to protest ditching NAIM was CANAERO, which is the Mexican private association that represents national and international airlines, air cargo carriers, air taxis and aviation services firms. CANAERO supports key projects and policies oriented to the development of the aviation industry such as NAIM, the implementation of systems that increase the efficiency of AICM and the liberation of the Mexican jet fuel market.

In this edition of the Interview of the Week, Mexico Aviation & Aerospace Review presents an excerpt of its exclusive interview with Sergio Allard, President of CANAERO, published in Mexico Aviation and Aerospace Review 2018. To get all the information, plus more relevant content, get your copy of MAAR 2018 or check out the digital version of the book.

Q: What strategies is CANAERO implementing to increase efficiency in AICM?

A: CANAERO is working with the General Customs Administration (AGA) and the Tax Administration Service (SAT) to implement a revised process for international passengers’ luggage. Passengers no longer need to go through customs after picking up their registered luggage. Also, CANAERO is backing SCT and SECTUR in the creation of automated migration kiosks that will reduce waiting times for passengers entering the country in the airports of Mexico City, Cancun and Los Cabos. We actively take part in the revision of master development plans of Mexico’s airports to incorporate best international practices into their operation and in the improvement of the country’s airport infrastructure. CANAERO also promotes the implementation of technologies that improve the travel experience of passengers in Mexico.

Q: How is CANAERO supporting the design and construction of NAIM?

A: CANAERO’s NAIM committee provides GACM recommendations for improvements in the design of the airport’s terminal building, airfield, cargo terminal, land accesses, baggage-handling system and back-up areas. The chamber has presented a plan to improve migratory and customs procedures in order to have a hub that operates under the best international practices, uses state-of-theart, world-class technology and connects Mexico and Latin America with the rest of the world.

Q: What global and local aviation trends is CANAERO seeing in the industry?

A: We estimate that air transportation in Mexico and Latin America is in a growth stage because of the maturation and segmentation of this market. This has enabled airlines to offer products that cater to the specific needs of passengers. The chamber estimated that Mexico will see its aviation sector grow 6 percent annually during the next decade. The depreciation of currencies against the dollar, the rise of fuel prices and the rise of aviation tax rates are the most pressing challenges that Latin American airlines need to tackle. Also, setbacks in the process of deregulation of the aviation market raise compliance costs for airlines and passengers.

Q: How will the aviation industry be affected by the opening of the jet-fuel market to other players?

A: Free competition can provide several potential benefits. Oil companies are interested in and working to enter the Mexican market. Their entrance will bring competitive prices and transparency, which will result in the creation of infrastructure for hydrocarbon transportation. In the medium term, we can expect competitive fuel prices similar to those in international markets.

Q: How does CANAERO collaborate with the authorities and international aviation organizations?

A: The chamber campaigns to raise awareness among the authorities and citizens regarding the importance of aviation to the Mexican economy. We also participate in work groups with civil aviation authorities and the Mexican Congress to develop or improve regulations that liberalize the sector and advance passenger security and satisfaction. CANAERO works continuously with international civil aviation organizations to boost security and competitiveness in the Mexican aviation industry by creating proposals based on best international operational and regulatory practices. The chamber is in continuous communication with its members so that they remain updated on these practices. CANAERO also helps its members adhere to these practices by providing advisory services.

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