Panama, March 25, 2019 - The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) is pleased to announce that American Airlines joins today as an Associate Member.
Luis Felipe de Oliveira, ALTA's Executive Director, comments: "The arrival of American Airlines as our most recent Associate Member represents an important milestone for ALTA due to the confidence given by the largest airline and the most important connector of Latin America and the Caribbean with the United States and the world through its flights to the most important cities in the region. American Airlines is one of the large companies that directly contribute to the economic and social development of the region, stimulating tourism, generating sources of employment and offering more people the opportunity to fly. We are very proud to have American Airlines in the astounding group of ALTA member airlines and we are convinced that its active participation in the committees, events and initiatives of ALTA will be key to strengthen our work in achieving better conditions for air transport and its users in the region".
Jose Freig, American's Managing Director for Latin America, adds: "As the leading U.S. airline in Latin America and the Caribbean, at American we are committed to the region, home to more than 4,500 of our team members and to an operation of more than 2,100 weekly flights to 91 destinations. We look forward to working with ALTA and its members, furthering our ongoing efforts in promoting travel and tourism in Latin America and the Caribbean, an important economic engine for the region."
American Airlines, together with its regional partner American Eagle, offer an average of nearly 6,700 daily flights to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries around the world.
The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) currently has 30 member airlines: 19 Full Members or Latin American and the Caribbean airlines with domestic and/or international services, and 11 Associate Members or airlines not based in the Latin America and the Caribbean that have interests or are already providing services in these regions. American Airlines belongs in this last group.