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Development In Latin America

Tue May 11, 2004 2:09 pm

I would like to hear everybody's opinion, not only from Latin Americans. Do you think in LatinAmerica airports are good detonators for development, or just another white elephant?
 
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RE: Development In Latin America

Tue May 11, 2004 2:35 pm

Please specify. I'd say the Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 programme was pretty successful and has led to much development and rises in tourism (Bariloche and Ushuaia can now handle 747s, for example) but, while I don't enough to give an informed opinion, I would say the development programmes of Lima and Bogota will become white elephants, if they haven't done so already. And in fact, I think in MOST cases, the answer to your question is "white elephant", but please elaborate a little more by what exactly you mean, especially by "detonators".

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RE: Development In Latin America

Tue May 11, 2004 2:52 pm

HI

I think in the case of Chile the answer is YES. 10 years ago, our SCL airport was a reason to be ashamed of. Now, it's an important pole of freight to Chile and it turn up to be the best in term of security, technology and comfort.
The Chilean government, as in the case of AA2000, launched a program for new airport development, and this is how CCP, IQQ, ANF, and now CPO are getting better.

Chile always dream of becoming a mass tourist destination. Although we're still far of it, tourist arrivals keep growing everyday, and in this scenario, the airports and LAN have contributed a lot.

The biggest problem is geography: we are too far, so it's almost impossible for any Chilean airport to become a hub, it is a final stop in most of the cases. Maybe the Oceania routes, plus the growing economic relations between Chile and Asia will rise the importance of our airports.

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RE: Development In Latin America

Tue May 11, 2004 4:14 pm

LVZXV,

I´m not sure what exactly do you want me to specify. In theory, infrastructure investments are considered "triggers" (detonators) for economic development in the geographic area where they happen, due to the employment they generate, land buyouts, etc. In the specific case of an airport, I want to know if this theory applies, specially in LatAm. The answers that I´ve gotten so far were exactly what I was looking for. And I´m asking this question because of a specific project I am trying to put on the table to my bosses, and I thought that whose opinions would be better than the ones of my fellow a.netters? The more answers I get, the more help.
 
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RE: Development In Latin America

Tue May 11, 2004 9:36 pm

Absolutely. Chile is a perfect example, but Peru and Ecuador have prospered under such schemes as well. Honduras in the antithesis in airport management; their contract with the San Francisco Airport Authority went bust under mismanagement by the gringos. But they seem to be the exception to the rule in the region, which almost always prospers under foreign direct investment.
 
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RE: Development In Latin America

Wed May 12, 2004 12:35 am

I would say the development programmes of Lima and Bogota will become white elephants, if they haven't done so already.

Why do you say that? How can you support that idea? Do you know the Plan Maestro for Aeropuerto Internacional El Dorado? or is it just because Lima and Bogota are not part of the "European South America (Cono Sur)"? Could you please give us some facts? BOG and LIM are really serious projects but to answer the questions I would say no, at least this two airports (BOG and LIM) will not be detonators of development given that they already handle a large amount of traffic for the cities. Perhaps airports in some Central American countries such as Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala or even in Bolivia and Paraguay will, but is not a general rule.

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RE: Development In Latin America

Wed May 12, 2004 5:52 am

Plans are steaming ahead in the complete remodelling of the terminal in panama and the building of a new T2, with the grouth of almost 40% a year in tourism and the continuing succes of Copa airlines, the future of tocumen intl is rock solid
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RE: Development In Latin America

Wed May 12, 2004 6:25 am

I think a well designed strategic airport development, particularly when niches are exploited like tourism, cargo, or export, can be a catalyst for development.

However airports are less of a catalyst than superways and expressways because they need partnership with private cos. like airlines, travel agents and the like. Superways have proven time and again that if you build them, rapid and mostly prosperous development will follow.

A good transportation system in general is fundamental if a region wishes to prosper.
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