Asia Pacific carriers have developed an outstanding reputation for effectively and flexibly responding to challenges over many decades and as a result, remain at the forefront of the global air transport industry. The industry is now entering a challenging phase, with strategic development and profitability being threatened by a slowing global economy, political uncertainties and a multiplicity of operational constraints.
Set against this demanding backdrop, leaders of AAPA member carriers gathered at the 63rd AAPA Assembly of Presidents meeting in Kuala Lumpur on 22 November 2019 focused on a number of important issues seen as obstacles to industry development in the Asia Pacific region and around the world. In particular, the Assembly passed resolutions on Environment, Cybersecurity, Infrastructure, Slots, Passenger Facilitation and Taxation.
With air travel demand projected to more than double over the next two decades, and the Asia Pacific region expanding at an even faster rate, there is a clear need for airport and air traffic management (ATM) infrastructure development to keep pace with such demand. Airspace modernization is a global challenge, and improving the capacity and efficiency of international ATM infrastructure and services requires a long term strategy supported by appropriate commitment, funding, planning and resources. The failure to fully address this issue will result in increasing congestion and flight delays with adverse consequences for the travelling public and the wider economy.