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USTDA Advances Air Traffic Management in Panama

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

(USTDA)  PANAMA CITY, Panama – Last week, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Panama’s civil aviation authority (Autoridad Aeronáutica Civil, AAC) to support its efforts to expand and modernize the country’s air traffic management systems.

Panama is Latin America’s largest hub for airline passenger transfers. The country’s airspace currently serves over 170,000 aircraft and 20 million passengers per year. This grant will support the implementation of advanced aviation communications, navigation and surveillance systems to improve aviation safety within the country’s flight information region and at major airports in Panama.

“The United States is pleased to partner with Panama’s Autoridad Aeronáutica Civil through USTDA’s support,” said U.S. Ambassador to Panama John D. Feeley. “Panama has experienced remarkable growth in the aviation sector over the past decade, and the country is taking important steps to expand its air traffic management capabilities to keep pace with this growth.”

“This agreement reaffirms the good friendship between Panama and the United States, and ratifies the commitment of the Panamanian authorities to improve our strong aviation sector with the latest technologies,” said AAC Director General Alfredo Fonseca.

The grant was signed by Ambassador Feeley and Director General Fonseca at the Aero Expo Panama Pacifico aviation conference in Panama City.

Businesses interested in submitting proposals for this USTDA-funded technical assistance should visit the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website at A link to the FBO announcement will be posted to USTDA’s website at