Havana’s José Martí Airport among the most congested in Latin America

Havana's José Martí Airport among the most congested in Latin AmericaHAVANA, April 18th José Martí International Airport in Havana is one of six Latin American airports that offer the greatest obstacles to the development of the airline industry, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The high taxes and airport taxes, the insufficient infrastructure of the facility and the existence of regulations that prevent satisfactorily manage the growing demand for travel, are the deficiencies that make it impossible for Cuba and five other countries in the area to take advantage of the economic and social benefits of aviation .

“Unless these problems are addressed, the economies of Latin America will be greatly affected. If the planes can not land, the economic benefits will fly to other places, “revealed Alexandre de Juniac, CEO of IATA.

“Aviation already generates huge benefits in Latin America and the Caribbean. More than 250,000 million people travel to, from or within the region, and air transport employs about five million people and contributes 170 billion dollars to GDP, “he added.

Next to Havana, the capitals of Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Chile have been called to create an efficient infrastructure to respond to the growing demand of passengers, with reasonable taxes and with a modern regulatory framework that supports the activity.

According to the Peruvian newspaper Gestión in recent years the number of passengers transported by airlines in the area has doubled. It is expected that in 2036 the figure will exceed 750 million.