United States and COCESNA sign memorandum to develop programs air navigation in the region

Chief Executive COCESNA, Juan Carlos Aguirre Trabanino, and the director of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere FAA, Christopher Barks, air navigation sign agreement. Photo: Courtesy US Embassy in Panama.
By Elida Moreno

The agreement will allow Central American countries to develop navigation services in alliance with the United States under the most rigorous standards of safety and efficiency to optimize traffic control at the regional airspace.

The MOU was signed in Panama by the executive president of the Central American Corporation for Air Navigation Services (COCESNA), Juan Carlos Trabanino, and the director of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Federal Aviation Administration (FEW) US, Christopher Barks.

Barks said the signing of the agreement demonstrates the commitment of the United States and Central American governments to "establish safe air transport parameters" to ensure the welfare of travelers from both sides, and generally the whole industry in the region.

Similarly, The agreements establish joint programs between the FAA and communications COCESNA, aerial surveillance, exchange of aeronautical information and operational data for air traffic control, infrastructure development to improve air navigation, alerts and rescue services, airspace management and air traffic flows.

Central American airline industry in recent years experienced sustained growth, in the case of Panama, only Tocumen Airport, the main air terminal, He moved about 15 million passengers in 2018.

The government expects the called terminal two, which cost about 900 million start operations this year, Tocumen will have capacity to move about 25 million passengers in the short term.