Why are airports so important?

Land side of an airport

It was at the beginning of the 20th century that the operation of Air Transportation began in Costa Rica, with the arrival of the first airplane that arrived unarmed at the port of Limón on January 1, 1912, which was the first to cross the Central American sky; it was followed by a Blériot airplane piloted by Jesse Seligman, traveling close to 7,000 meters over the Llano Grande de Mata Redonda.

By means of Law No. 36 of November 22, 1928, which approved the first Ibero-American Air Navigation Agreement. The first commercial passenger transport flight took place on December 29, 1928, with a Pan American aircraft of the Sircosky type, which landed in La Sabana.

“It is indispensable the existence of a Department in the Administration to take charge of everything related to the receipt and dispatch of aircrafts, as well as to dictate regulations and convenient dispositions for the due control and correct operation of the air traffic”.

On March 2, 1932, the first local air transportation company started its operations: Empresa Nacional de Transporte Aéreo (E.N.T.A) through a contract made with the Government of Costa Rica for the transportation of cargo and people at a local level; which was established in Costa Rica to operate in the following places: Limón, San Isidro del General, Puntarenas and Liberia.

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Services offered by airports

Photo: Antony Tyler, IATA Director General; Joseph Fidanque III, Director of Tocumen Airport; Jesus Sierra, Panama’s Minister of Tourism; Alfredo Fonseca, Director General of Civil Aeronautics; and Peter Cerda Regional Vice President of IATA Americas.

Panama City – New data released today by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) shows that aviation and related tourism services contribute US$5.9 billion to Panama’s economy, equivalent to 12.6% of the national GDP, an amount well above the 3.4% global average that confirms the importance of aviation to the Panamanian economy.

This result is one of the highlights of the report Economic Benefits of Air Transport in Panama, a study commissioned by IATA to the independent research firm Oxford Economics.

“Aviation and related tourism are key to an economy that has been built on connectivity, a strategy firmly supported by an efficient airport and a successful airline that contribute to the development of strong economic linkages. More than 40% of transit passengers confirm Panama’s important role in the region’s economy,” said Tony Tyler, CEO of IATA, at the launch of the study during his visit to Panama.

International airports

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An airport is an airfield with terminal for air transport travel by aircraft. Airport functions are varied, including landing and takeoff of aircraft, embarkation and disembarkation of passengers, baggage and cargo, refueling and maintenance of aircraft, as well as parking place for those not in service. Airports serve military, commercial or general aviation.[1] Heliports are defined as heliports.

Heliports are defined as aerodromes intended for use by helicopters only, therefore, the provisions relating to the classification and authorization procedures in force for aerodromes are applicable to them.[3] Heliports are defined as aerodromes intended for use by helicopters only.

What is an airport

An airport is like a mini-city, housing a multitude of physical assets, all of which must be tracked and managed for effective airport operation. Managers often refer to the airport as the most expensive infrastructure in cities. As an example, China has the world’s largest airport opening in 2019 in Beijing worth USD 63 billion, in a 7.5 million square foot terminal and 18 square miles of land space.

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All of the airport’s assets are important, the stairs and elevators that ensure the flow of passengers through the airport, and also the more critical infrastructure such as radar and power, without which the airport could not function. This highlights why it is so important for airports to have reliable and effective asset management software to ensure that everything is properly maintained.

Aviation is an industry with extensive regulations, strategic policies, standards and resources aimed at covering the safety and risk management aspects. An effective system for asset management helps in the implementation of proper maintenance strategies, considering the criticality of the assets and their impact on the organization, as this determines how they should be monitored, inspected and maintained.