The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged Latin American governments to improve aviation sectors by addressing regional safety challenges, rising taxes and inadequate infrastructure in Brazil.
IATA has recommended increasing the implementation of performance-based navigation procedures, finding solutions to runway excursions and improving congested airspace in the region.
IATA's director general and CEO Giovanni Bisignani called for Latin American governments to ease tourism taxes, which are significantly affecting the growth of the aviation industry in the region.
The aviation organisation has also recommended the construction of necessary aviation infrastructure to meet the demands of future growth as out of the top 20 airports in Brazil, 13 do not have adequate terminals.
Bisignani urged the region's aviation industry to take a proactive role in improving fuel efficiency by an average of 1.5% per year to 2020, capping emissions from 2020 with carbon-neutral growth and cutting emissions in half by 2050 compared with 2005.