It is with great pride that IATA celebrates the 10th edition of Wings of Change in Chile as it remains one of the most important aviation conferences in Latin America and the Caribbean, drawing upon leading experts to examine the state of our industry. Jointly organized with ALTA under the theme "Celebrating the Magic of Aviation,” the agenda will include keynote speeches and panel discussions on infrastructure developments, the economic value of aviation, the rise of Low Cost Carriers in the Americas, regulation and harmonization of our industry, consumer protection and a glimpse into the future passenger experience. Listening to the feedback of our stakeholders, the event will take place at the Sheraton Santiago Hotel and Convention Center to create a better experience for our speakers and attendees to discuss aviation’s largest opportunities and key challenges across Latin America and the Caribbean.
ICF Principal Carlos Ozores will participate in a panel discussion on More Choice for the Passenger: The Evolution of Airline Business Models. The session will explore the shift from traditional full-service carriers to low cost and ultra-low cost business models that is taking hold across Latin America. Full service carriers such as LATAM – under increasing pressure from ULCCs like Viva Air, SKY, JetSMART, and Flybondi – are quickly embracing the streamlined model across their domestic networks, introducting unbundled pricing and a-la-carte services, much like peers have already done in markets like Europe and North America. This evolution also has implications for airports, suppliers, and distribution channels. The panel will seek to understand how the market is responding to the changing business model, the impacts on infrastructure, suppliers, etc., and the potential challenges ahead.