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Published on : Saturday, May 23, 2015
The 104th CCMA Conference (Aeronautical Materials Buyers Committee), held by the Latin American & Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) came to a close yesterday after hosting over 800 delegates in the largest and longest standing aviation conference in the region. As in prior years, the conference sold out weeks in advance of its opening date.
The 2015 CCMA was held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic from May 16-20, garnering the participation of over 100 airline participants from the Americas and Europe as well as close to 700 representatives from hundreds of suppliers around the world. Airlines and Suppliers conducted business through the well-known and highly anticipated mini-meetings and Table Top exhibits. The main sponsors of the event were Airbus, Embraer, Honeywell, Fast Technology Solutions, as well as Wencor Group, and UTC Aerospace Systems.
The Vice Minister of International Cooperation from the Ministry of Tourism, Lic. Fausto Fernández, on behalf of the Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier García, conducted the official opening of the Conference. Mr. Fernandez stated that air transport has contributed greatly to the Dominican Republic tourism and development. New policies facilitating migration have been adopted by the government, where today 146 countries can enter the Dominican Republic, with only the use of a tourist card, as well as all who have a visa from the United States, Canada, Europe or United Kingdom.
Eduardo Iglesias, ALTA’s Executive Director, commented, “ALTA is honored to promote a productive business atmosphere to all our CCMA participants. The conference gives us the chance to facilitate the coming together of airlines and suppliers. It also provides the opportunity to review some of the biggest challenges faced by the aviation industry supply chain, such as customs obstacles that negatively impact the efficient flow of parts and materials ultimately influencing the cost efficiencies of airlines and the aviation industry as a whole.”
The Latin American & Caribbean aviation industry creates over 4.9 million jobs and contributes US 150 billion in GDP towards the region’s economies. In this regard, Iglesias adds, “Our accomplishments at the CCMA are more important than ever, as we shift our focus to the sustainability of the success Latin American & Caribbean aviation has attained in the last decade.”
A major announcement was made at the event revealing the news that the 2016 CCMA will join forces with ALTA’s MRO conference. The joint conference will be taking place in May 2016 and more information will be available within the coming months.