AESA and SENASA establish an international cooperation framework with Central America in civil aviation matters

- Both entities have signed at EASA headquarters a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with COCESNA (Central American Corporation of Air Navigation Services) to promote and contribute to the strengthening of civil aviation operations and activities of the Member States of Central America.

- The signing ceremony was attended by Montserrat Mestres, Director of AESA; Andrés Arranz, President and CEO of SENASA; and Juan Carlos Trabarino, CEO of COCESNA.

- This agreement represents an advance in collaborative efforts between the parties involved to advance common objectives for sustainable, safe and efficient air transport.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024


Madrid, 19 March 2024 (AESA)

The State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA), the Services and Studies for Air Navigation and Airport Safety (SENASA) and the Central American Air Navigation Services Corporation (COCESNA) have held a meeting at the headquarters of EASA for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) establishing an international technical cooperation framework.

The signing ceremony was attended by Montserrat Mestres, Director of AESA, Andrés Arranz, President and CEO of SENASA, and Juan Carlos Trabanino, Executive Director (CEO) of COCESNA, who has travelled to Madrid accompanied by the Executive Board of the entity.

Juan Carlos Trabarino, CEO of COCESNA; Montserrat Mestres, Director of AESA; and Andrés Arranz, Chairman and CEO of SENASA

The objective of this agreement is to promote and contribute to the strengthening of civil aviation operations and activities of the Member States of Central America.

This collaboration covers different disciplines of civil aviation, such as aviation and operational safety, environmental aspects, air navigation or economic oversight of air transport.

Therefore, AESA and SENASA have agreed through the signing of this MoU to join efforts to collaborate with COCESNA in the exchange of information and knowledge of its activity, as well as to organise workshops, conferences and promote training and technical assistance programs that contribute to progress towards common objectives in aviation. “This agreement reflects a clear testimony of the commitment and dedication of all parties involved to foster cooperation, exchange knowledge and improve synergies for the benefit of our organisations,” Mestres said during the meeting.

On the part of SENASA, its president Andrés Arranz has highlighted the satisfaction of being able to continue collaborating through this agreement between the three entities, demonstrating the interest in advancing together for better, safer and more sustainable aviation.

With the signing of this agreement, the importance of collaboration and partnership in the aviation sector is ratified, making Spain a benchmark for sustainable, safe and efficient air transport.

About EASA

AESA is the State body, attached to the State Secretariat for Transport of the Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility, which ensures that civil aviation standards are met throughout the aeronautical activity of Spain.

The Agency has the tasks of Supervision, Inspection and Management of Air Transport, Air Navigation and Airport Safety. It assesses the risks to transport safety and has the power to sanction infringements of civil aviation rules.


SENASA is a state-owned commercial company that provides specialised technical assistance to public entities in the Spanish aeronautical sector in areas such as operational and physical safety, air navigation, meteorology, airports, aeronautical servitudes and environmental sustainability, among others. SENASA also develops the business lines of consulting, training of air traffic controllers, training of UAS pilots, maintenance and operation of aircraft. Due to its experience and technical training in the complex field of air transport, SENASA has become a national and international reference to face the challenges of innovative air mobility.


COCESNA is an international public service body, with legal personality and its own heritage that is part of the Central American Integration System (SICA).  It is composed of 6 Member States: Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua. The Corporation has two main objectives: provide the Civil Aviation Authorities of their Member States with an adequate structure to provide support services for air navigation, air transport and civil aviation in general; and provides technical assistance and cooperation services to other States and related agencies to promote the efficient, sustainable, sustainable, safe and orderly development of air transport