Panama, November 17, 2010 -- Panama welcomes today more than 450 industry leaders and international journalists as the first day of the 7th Annual ALTA Airline Leaders Forum, the premier event for airline CEO's and leaders in the commercial aviation industry in Latin America and the Caribbean, kicks off in Panama City. ALTA's Airline Leaders Form is designed to promote an international dialogue that advances safer, more efficient aviation in the region.
With the sponsorship of the ALTA Airline Leaders Forum, Copa Airlines, as the official airline, is one of the fastest growing carriers in the region, continues to support its mission of connecting people and destinations throughout the Americas every day.
"As a leading airline in the region, we are extremely pleased to facilitate this Forum for the leaders in the industry. We are proud to showcase Copa's Hub of the Americas, which has contributed tremendously not only to the growth of commercial aviation in the region, but also to the strengthening of Panama as both a destination and a connecting point for the Americas," said Moises Véliz, VP of Government Relations of Copa Airlines. "Copa Airlines transports more than 5 million passengers each year, generating millions of dollars of economic activity and driving the economy of Panama.".
"We feel very grateful that Panama has been selected as host city of this important event. The celebration of these events generate a great chain of income to our economy, with direct impact on occupancy rate, restaurants, tours, businesses, and other touristic services", pointed out Fernando De León, General Sub-Administrator of Tourism in Panama.
"We are thrilled to have this year's Forum in a country that has become a symbol of efficiency and connectivity," says ALTA Executive Director Alex de Gunten. "We are looking forward to the best Forum yet, where industry leaders can discuss and review the main concerns and opportunities in aviation today; safety, efficiencies and the environment."
Panama is the southernmost country of both Central America and, in turn, North America. Situated on the isthmus connecting North and South America, its renowned Panama Canal, turned the country into a bridge for the world and the cradle of a wealthy economic society.
Today, Panama is one of the most developed countries in Central America, boasting one of the most stable economies and rapid tourism growth in the Americas. It enjoys a young, new and healthy democracy. It is considered a safe, peaceful and prosperous nation. This is a country in constant evolution, change and movement, featuring an international banking center, privileged shopping malls, a beautiful cultural diversity, enviable ecological wealth and a booming tourism industry.
ALTA (Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association) is a private, non-profit organization, whose member airlines represent more than 90 percent of the region's commercial air traffic. ALTA coordinates the collaborative efforts of its members in order to facilitate the development of safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly air transport in the Latin America and Caribbean region for the mutual benefit of the association's members, their customers and the industry. Founded in 1980, ALTA is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary. Visit ALTA at www.alta.aero.
Member Airlines: Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Aeromexico Connect, Aerosur, Air Jamaica, Avianca, Bahamas Air, Caribbean Airlines, Cayman Airways, COPA Airlines, COPA Airlines Colombia, Cubana, GOL, LAN, LAN Ecuador, LAN Peru, LIAT, Mexicana, Mexicana Click, Pluna, TACA, TACA Peru, TAM, TAM Mercosur, TAME, Volaris. Associate Members: Air Canada, Continental Airlines, Iberia, United Airlines, UPS, WestJet. Affiliate Members: Airbus, Airline Business Magazine, Amadeus, AON, ARINC, ATR, AvGroup, Bain, Boeing, Bombardier, CFM, Chevron Aviation, Embraer, Hahn Air, HEICO, Lufthansa Consulting, Lufthansa Systems, MARSH Aviation, Mercator, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, OAG, Petrobras, Pratt & Whitney, ROUTES, SABRE Air Solutions, SH&E, SHELL Aviation, SITA, Snecma, Spencer Stuart, Superjet International, Travelport, UATP, Wencor, VRG Linhas Aéreas -GOL Group, Willis Aerospace.