Andres Conesa says aviation has a bright future in the country

Aeromexico CEO Andres Conesa says the 73rd IATA AGM will showcase Mexico’s worth to the air transport industry.

Conesa—who has been the airline’s CEO since 2005—believes Mexico’s “young and well-educated” population points to an exciting future for aviation in the country.

More than 100,000 new engineers graduate every year in Mexico

“This is a great time for the AGM to be in Cancun and it provides a great opportunity for us to showcase our country,” Conesa said.

“Mexico is very relevant to aviation. There are 120 million people in the country and it is a very young population, with an average age of 26. It is a well-educated population too. More than 100,000 new engineers graduate every year.”

Conesa says that safety, security, and sustainability discussions will be key topics at the AGM.

“IATA has a broad agenda,” he says. “The industry must work with governments to enhance security to combat the threats that are emerging, for example. Then there are new issues, such as the restrictions to travel. Overall, it’s important that we convey the aviation industry can continue to contribute to growth and development.”

Meanwhile, political developments that could lead to future of more restricted borders—handicapping the movement of people and trade—are of great concern to the industry.

Since his inauguration, US President Donald Trump has repeated his desire to construct a wall on the Mexico-US border.

The United States, in fact, exports more to Mexico than to China, Japan and Germany combined

At present, however, Conesa says economic links with the US “could not be stronger”.

“Trade between the countries is worth $600 billion per year,” he says. “That equates to about $1 million a second. The United States, in fact, exports more to Mexico than to China, Japan and Germany combined.”

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