The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has introduced its new Caribbean Initiative with an aim to increase airport safety and certification in the concerned region.
Under the new initiative, FAA along with its Caribbean partners and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will also work to improve the region’s air traffic flow management activities and collaborative decision making process.
In addition, the initiative will help implement ICAO’s guidelines across the Caribbean, which is expected to witness 5%-6% more air traffic over the next 20 years.
More than 17% of international flights currently departing from the US are headed for destinations in the Caribbean, while various other flights transit Caribbean airspace between North and South America.
Federal Aviation Administration administrator Michael Huerta said: “The Caribbean region is of critical importance to the US.
“By working together, we are building a foundation of increased cooperation that will allow us to enhance safety and efficiency throughout a region that serves as a destination for so many travellers.”
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The agency noted that this year it has worked with ICAO, industry, and civil aviation authorities in the Caribbean to organise aerodrome certification workshops in Kingston, Jamaica and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
This week, FAA will participate in the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) Airline Leaders Forum in Mexico City, Mexico.
At the forum, the organisation aims to highlight the importance of global cooperation in bolstering aviation growth in Latin American and Caribbean regions.
With the Caribbean Initiative, FAA also aims to engage with the international aviation community to boost safety, efficiency, and environmental sustainability.