The South American Council for Infrastructure and Planning is striving to improve and develop all means of travel and transportation on the American subcontinent. On 26 July 2017 the expert group will meet in Georgetown, Guyana, with the objectives of analyzing the airport network system and recognizing industry related trends and investment potentials for South America. The main goal is to increase the continental connectivity through hub building, network strategies and the inclusion of financial institutions as catalysts for regional air integration. The council was specifically formed by the Union of South American Nations to enhance a united approach in regard to infrastructural challenges. Among others, the technical executive group on air integration focuses on the impact of air transport on the national economies and on future strategies for the regional aviation industry.
Lufthansa Consulting’s Liege Emmerz, Partner and Head of the South American market, will contribute a speech entitled “Air transportation and connectivity index – a key driver for economic growth”. The index is a network analysis method to define a global measure of connectivity. It captures all nodes of a countries’ or regions’ air travel network, even when there are no direct flight connections between them. The measure of connectivity is closely correlated with important economic variables, such as the degree of liberalization of air transport markets, and the extent of participation in international production networks. It provides a strong basis for future growth in air transport as well as for international trade in general.