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Asia Pacific airlines confront growth barriers
China Airlines A350-900. © Airbus

Asia Pacific airlines confront growth barriers

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) says it is determined to tackle barriers imposed by governments which continue to threaten airlines’ short-term profitability and maximum potential in the long-term. The message was delivered on the occasion of the 60th AAPA Assembly of Presidents meeting on 17th-18th November in Manila, Philippines.

The association is calling on governments to:

  • fully implement ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) in a timely manner and also support the ICAO “No Country Left Behind” campaign to raise levels of regulatory oversight, and respect the primacy of ICAO standards and guidance.
  • develop and implement risk-based, outcome-based aviation security regimes, which are more effective in matching the needs of the passenger and the air cargo supply chain; recognise the value of mutual recognition of respective security regimes to avoid unnecessary duplication of effort; and share data and information in a timely, transparent and open manner that enables the building of trust and the development of more cost effective security measures.
  • fully support and participate in ICAO’s CORSIA scheme to ensure it is global in scope, has environmental integrity and avoids competitive market distortions.
  • promote the use of available technologies and ensure that sufficient resources are allocated towards both inbound and outbound passenger and crew processing, so as to streamline passenger facilitation and enhance the overall travel experience; and maintain a practical balance between the need for effective security measures and the provision of efficient passenger facilitation.
  • carefully consider the overall economic effects of putting further financial strain on the travelling public and the aviation industry and to refrain from increasing the tax burden in any form.
  • collaborate and coordinate with WHO and other governments in managing the potential impact of health pandemics by focusing collective efforts and resources on fighting the spread of diseases at source and by properly informing and educating the travelling public.

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