The Western Hemisphere is made up of 42 nations across North America, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Aviation plays an important role in many of these countries’ economies, and it supports the safe and efficient movement of people and goods throughout the region. For countries with tourism-based economies, aviation is a key driver for economic growth and prosperity.

With 16 Flight Information Regions (FIRs) adjacent to the United States, the region is critically important to the FAA. Canada and Mexico are the top two global aviation destinations for U.S. passengers, and the Dominican Republic is ranked fifth. Additionally, nearly 72% of all U.S. international traffic (aircraft, rather than passengers) flies to or from destinations in the Western Hemisphere each year. A significant portion of that traffic goes to the Caribbean. Recent FAA and industry forecasts predict that much of the Western Hemisphere will continue to experience significant aviation growth, especially in Brazil and other Latin American countries.

The Western Hemisphere Director is located in Panama City, Panama. The Western Hemisphere currently has offices for our FAA Senior Representatives in Panama City, Panama; Miami, Florida; and Brasilia, Brazil.