CAPA Latin America Aviation & LCCs Summit

Salvador, Brazil
25-26 Aug 2022
8:00-9:00 Registration & Welcome Coffee
Chairperson's Welcome
CAPA State of the Industry
CAPA - Centre for Aviation
, Senior Analyst, Lori Ranson    
Airline CEO Interview
Moderator: IATA, Regional Vice President The Americas, Peter Cerdá
Speaker: TAP Air Portugal, CEO, Christine Ourmières 
Innovation Roadshow - Flyer Labs
Speaker: FLYR Labs, Product Marketing Lead, Angelo Contreras 
Spotlight on Brazil: An in-depth look at the market dynamics

Although Brazil has faced the same waves of COVID-19 as most other countries worldwide, demand has seemed to recover swiftly in the country. Domestically, the country’s airlines appear to be behaving rationally with their capacity deployment, and have started to slowly rebuild their international networks. The pace of the international rebuild depends on countries continuing to open up, and perhaps within Latin America, some uniformity in the requirements for international travel across the region. 

The country’s three largest airlines – GOL, LATAM Airlines Brazil and Azul – are working to build up their fleets with next generation aircraft to bolster fuel efficiency, lower unit costs, meet environmental targets and potentially open new markets for all of those operators. 

All Brazilian operators are facing similar challenges that other airlines are dealing with, including geopolitical conflicts and rising fuel costs. How are those operators factoring those dynamics into their near-term planning? What market dynamics are emerging in Brazil as the pandemic moves to an endemic state?

Moderator: Bernardi & Schnapp
, Partner, Ricardo Bernardi

  • Azul Brazilian Airlines, Revenue Vice President, Abhi Shah
  • Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport, Chief Commercial Officer, João Pita
  • ALTA, Executive Director & CEO, Jose Ricardo Botelho
  • National Civil Aviation Agency, Director, Tiago Pereira
  • Decolar, Diretora de Produtos Aéreos, Daniela Araujo
  • LATAM Airlines, Director of Sales and Marketing, Aline Mafra         


Coffee Break & Networking


CEO Interview
Moderator: ALTA,
Executive Director & CEO, Jose Ricardo Botelho
Speaker: LATAM Airlines Brasil
, CEO, Jerome Cadier 
LCC vs FSC network planning strategies

Route overlap between low cost and more traditional airlines continues to increase in Latin America. Can those operators co-exist peacefully as demand is restored, or is there a risk for overcapacity in certain markets? 

Airlines are redefining their criteria to selected routes and they expect new support mechanisms from airports and service providers. Whether full service or LCC, focused on domestic or international, airlines across all business models have pivoted part of their networks during the pandemic as travel patterns have shifted.

Airlines have been creative with their network planning, launching new routes and chasing the existing demand, but whether these routes will remain part of their networks as the recovery process is yet to be seen.

  • Has the pandemic accelerated the opportunities to switch bus travellers to air travel? 

  • Are certain domestic markets recovering faster than others? 

  • What shifts are under way in the way that operators approach network planning in the near to medium term?

  • How will the slower recovery in business travel impact flight frequency as question marks remain over the scale of recovery in this area?

  • Will the strength of hubs be diluted by travellers seeking more point-to-point options?

  • Will changing fleet structures influence future network strategies?

  • Will sustainability become an increasing factor in the route selection criteria?

  Moderator: CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Head of Analysis, Richard Maslen

  • GOL, Director Network Planning, Rafael Araujo
  • Aerolineas Argentinas, VP Planning, Scheduling & Alliances, Leandro Antonio Serino
  • Flybondi, Network Planning Leader, María Victoria Lasarte
  • Azul Brazilian Airlines, Senior Network Planning Manager, Vitor Silva     
Exploring airport challenges: Environment, partnerships and privatisation

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt across the entire aviation ecosystem and while the airlines are receiving the most attention in the media, one cannot forget the impact on the airports and their supporting businesses.

Airports in their own right are facing a range of challenges from adapting in a post COVID world in dealing with both passengers and airlines, to the status of privatising some airports in the region.

A recent CAPA study identified Latin America as one of the least able regions in the world to articulate what measures it is taking to tackle the environmental issue at its airports. What can it do to up its game?

Meanwhile, CAPA’s airport construction database reveals that Latin America is making the least investment of any region in its existing airports, only one sixth of the total in the Middle East. Its saving grace is that investment in new airports is roughly at the level of Europe, and far greater than that of North America. Where is that investment coming from in the future?

One potential source is the private sector of course, but it isn’t that straightforward. Latin America is one of the most privatised regions on Earth where its airports are concerned, most of them by way of concession contracts, and some of them dating back as far as the late 1990s. Latterly, the action has mainly been in Brazil but the auction process there is coming towards the end of its usefulness, just as some of the original deals are being retendered because the concessionaires are angry their expectations were not fulfilled.

What are we to make of the privatisation process here over 20 years after it first began? Can it be deemed a success or failure? Where will it go from here and what lessons can be learned by countries which are considering going down the same route, themselves?

Moderator: ACI - Latin America Caribbean, Director General, Rafael Echevarne

  • VINCI Airports, Chief Commercial and Operational Officer, Pierre-Hugues Schmit
  • Fraport Brasil, COO/CCO, Sabine Trenk 
  • Zurich Airport Brasil, CEO, Ricardo Gesse     

 Chairperson's Wrap Up
Closing Lunch