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“Breaking News: Cancún Hosts Global Air Navigation Summit!”

Cancún recently served as the venue for the Collaboration Based Decisions (CDM) meeting. This event, which occurred from May 14 to 17, saw the participation of various international organizations and companies. The Mexican Airspace Navigation Services (SENEAM) acted as the host.

In an interview, Luis Sergio Ibarra Vázquez, the head of SENEAM's Air Navigation and Information Directorate, explained that the CDM brings together air navigation service organizations from North, Central America, and the Caribbean. The attendees discussed a range of topics related to air traffic.

Among the subjects analyzed were direct route analysis, coordination between different regional control centers to address aviation needs, and the examination of proposals and project tracking aimed at reducing CO2 emissions through direct routing.

Vázquez emphasized that the goal of these meetings is to foster collaborative decisions among all regions and services to manage traffic crossing from one country to another. For example, a flight from the United States to a Central American country requires coordination between Mexico, the US, and Central America. These meetings aim to optimize operations, reduce fuel usage, shorten distances and flight times, ultimately resulting in savings for airlines.

The meeting saw the participation of organizations such as the FAA, CGH TECH, Volaris, United Airlines, Air Canada, Southwest Airlines, Delta Airlines, IDAC (Dominican Republic), JCAA (Jamaica), COCESNA (Central America), ECNA (Cuba), ICAO, IATA, and SENEAM.

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Vázquez expressed that SENEAM was pleased to host the meeting, which focused on collaborative decision-making and reducing commercial flight delays. The meeting was promoted by the FAL -National Facilitation Program-, a global organization representing the interests of air navigation service stakeholders.

Looking ahead, Vázquez pointed out that the 2026 World Cup, with 48 participating countries and three hosting countries – the United States, Canada, and Mexico – is fast approaching. This event is expected to result in a high volume of air traffic that must be properly managed and coordinated by the regions. In light of the upcoming football world cup, he emphasized the importance of coordination and planning among the host countries.

Vázquez stressed the importance of Mexico maintaining good relations and coordination with neighboring countries to adequately manage traffic demands, with a primary focus on air safety and operational efficiency.