CAPA Latin America Aviation & LCCs Summit

Querétaro, Mexico
31-Aug - 1-Sep

Day 2 - Friday 01 September 2023


Chairperson’s Welcome


Airline Leader Interview

Volaris, President & CEO, Enrique Beltranena

Holland & Knight, Partner, Anita Mosner


Sustainability - achieving industry targets in Latin America

ICAO secretary general Juan Carlos Salazar suggested in late 2022 that the Latin America and Caribbean region has the potential to “lead the production of sustainable aviation fuels worldwide”. Estimates are that the region could produce anywhere from 10-30% of global SAF production by 2030. At the same time, SAF production remains a challenge, with long lead times, heavy investment requirements and scarce sustainable feedstocks.

  • What policies and policies and macroeconomic measures do governments need to put in place to incentivise production of SAF in the region?
  • What are the critical steps needed to support uptake of SAF by airlines in Latin America and the Caribbean?
  • Which countries are best positioned to take advantage of the global growth in demand for SAF?
  • How do Latin America and the Caribbean ensure that SAF production in the region really is sustainable and conforms to international best practices. 

Moderator: Spotnana, VP Strategy & Partnerships, Johnny Thorsen


Viva Aerobus, Chief Sustainability & Corporate Affairs Officer, Alejandra Ochoa

Volaris, President & CEO, Enrique Beltranena

Queretaro State Government, Secretary for Sustainable Development, Marco Antonio del Prete Tercero

Aeromexico, Head of Sustainability, Karen Farias


Innovation Roadshow {Download Presentation}

Textron Aviation, VP Sales, Juan Escalante


Coffee break & Networking


Infrastructure expansion and improvement: Is privatisation the answer? 

Infrastructure expansion and improvement is seen as essential to the development of the aviation sector in Latin American and the Caribbean. For years, the growth of passenger traffic in the region has outstripped the development of available capacity, leading to a situation where many key regional airports are operating well above design capacity, crowded for passengers and inefficient for aircraft operators.

Public-private partnerships have become an essential ingredient in the development of airport infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean, and privatised airports are common through the region. However, while there have been success stories and rapid progress in some markets, others markets have been plagued by lopsided or unsatisfactory concession agreements, squabbles over infrastructure investments and privatisations that failed to attract bidders.

  • With air transport activity in the region now back above pre-pandemic levels, how is the existing infrastructure in the region coping with surging traffic?
  • Is investment in infrastructure finally starting to meet the needs of the industry?
  • What are the best avenues to close infrastructure gaps in the region? 
  • Is privatisation the be-all and end-all, or does the public sector have a larger role to play?
  • What is the role of large multi-national airport operators in the PPP process?
  • Where is the next hotbed of activity for regional airport privatisation?
  • How should PPPs be structured and managed to ensure that infrastructure is fit for purpose, while owners extract value from their assets?

Moderator:  ACI LAC, Director General, Rafael Echevarne


Arajet, Senior VP Customer Experience, Carlos Mesa  

Vinci Airports, Aviation Development Director, Alvaro Leite

CCR Airports, CCO, Monica Lamas


Underserved regional destinations/regional fleet mix

Latin America would appear to be a prime market for turboprops and regional jets. Network connectivity lags when compared to regions such as North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific, and the continent has hundreds of underserved domestic and international markets which could benefit from higher frequencies with smaller aircraft. Yet, carriers in the region continue to focus on mainline narrowbodies as their core fleet assets. Regional jets makeup just 6.5% of all aircraft on order in the region, and turboprops just 1.5%.   

  • What benefits and drawbacks do smaller-gauge aircraft have for airlines in the region?
  • What can OEMs do to improve the attractiveness of regional aircraft in Latin America and the Caribbean?
  • What opportunities are there for regional and point to point operators to use regional aircraft in large domestic markets like Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile?
  • What roles can leasing companies play in supporting the development of regional aviation?

Moderator: Independent Mexico, Senior International Aviation Consultant, Fabricio Cojuc


TAR Aerolineas, CEO, Ricardo Baston

Flybondi, Network Planning Manager, Maria Victoria Lasarte

Embraer Commercial Aviation, Strategic Marketing Director, Daniel Galhardo

Independent, Aviation Consultant, Julio Camero


Understanding tourism recovery and its impact on the region

After Latin America and the Caribbean tourism contracted nearly 75% in 2020, the sector was a bright spot for much of the region in 2021 and 2022. With borders closed in large parts of the rest of the world, countries in the region welcomed international arrivals with clear communication and rules around travel. However, while some markets have now fully recovered, others are still below their pre-pandemic levels and traveller preferences continue to shift as the pandemic wanes.

  • What proactive measures can Latin America and the Caribbean states take to promote tourism arrivals? 
  • How do states that have underperformed in the tourism recovery accelerate the return of international travellers?
  • How do regional tourism partners respond to post-pandemic travel trends, such as heightened awareness around sustainability, growth in natural and cultural tourism, and reduced attractiveness of large urban centres?
  • What are the trends for outbound tourism? What sort of destinations are attractive for travellers from major markets like travellers from Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Mexico?

Moderator:  ASM Route Development Consulting, Director Air Service Development, David Appleby


ProColombia, Vice President of Tourism, Gilberto Salcedo Ribero

State of Queretaro Ministry of Tourism, Director of Planning and Development, Manuel Aguado Romero

WTTC, Caribbean and Latin America Regional Director, Roxana Puente


Chairperson’s wrap up


Closing Lunch & Networking