‘More regional cooperation in aviation field’

WILLEMSTAD — Curaçao is determined to cooperate with other countries in the Caribbean area, Latin American and other regions with regard to ATM (Air Traffic Management), according to the Minister of Traffic, Transport and Regional Planning, Charles Cooper (MAN) in his opening speech of the Canso Caribbean & Latin America Conference.


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"International cooperation has become more important than ever before. There must be good communication between the various countries in the world and between the international organizations," says Cooper. We must also cooperate more.

Canso stands for Civil Air Navigation Services Organization, and represents the interests of air navigation service providers worldwide. In total, the affiliated services facilitate 85 percent of all air traffic in the world. The conference is organized in cooperation with ICAO (Civil Aviation Organization), a specialized bureau from the United Nations. NAATC (Netherlands Antilles Air Traffic Control) will act as host. The conference lasts until Thursday.

In his opening speech, Minister Cooper confronted the audience that there’s still work to be done not only in the field of political reformations, but also in the aviation industry. "During the last ten years, we’ve seen a substantial growth in the aviation industry and it remains one of the fastest growing sectors of the world economy. With this growth, the need arose to implement new technologies and systems in order to expand the safety and efficiency in the air traffic as effectively as possible."
According to Cooper, it has become essential for all parties involved, supervisors and Air Navigation Service Providers to combine forces in order to comply with the current and future requirements. Although the civil aviation has become an essential means of transport and it’s important to support economical and social activities, safety always come first, according to Cooper, "even when the national aviation industry tries to improve its worldwide position."