Airline execs meet in Manila

 Philippine Airlines President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime Bautista ©Photographer: Stefen Chow/Bloomberg News
Philippine Airlines President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime Bautista ©Photographer: Stefen Chow/Bloomberg News

THE Philippine Airlines is hosting this year the 60th Assembly of Presidents of the Association of Asia-Pacific Airlines where they will discuss the different problems confronting the airline industry in Asia and Pacific regions and their possible solutions.

This despite the steady growth of the airline industry due to increased passenger volume and low fuel prices. Among the problems that will be discussed are the continuing terrorist threats, airport congestion, disease control, safety, and government taxes.

The two-day assembly, which starts Thursday, will be held at The Fort Shangri-la Hotel.with Department of Transportation Undersecretary for Aviation and Airports Atty. Roberto C.O. Lim, as guest speaker during the opening ceremony.

“The annual gathering of Asia-Pacific air carriers provides the unique platform to synthesize our distinct responses to challenges peculiar to our region,” said PAL President Jaime J. Bautista in a statement issued by his office.

The Asia-Pacific region accounts for 32 percent of the total global passenger traffic and 40 percent of passenger traffic, according to Bautista. He also noted that the AAPA last year passed 10 resolutions covering safety oversight to consumer protection.

Meanwhile, AAPA Director General Andrew Herdman said in a statement “that Asia-Pacific airlines are well placed to confront challenges in the region while remaining at the forefront of industry product and service innovation. Aviation is widely recognized as a key driver of economic and social development, promoting travel and tourism, and facilitation the growth centers.”


The airline last hosted the AAPA Assembly of Presidents in Cebu in year 2000.

Benjie Vergara
A veteran reporter covering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. He is currently writing for Manila Times, the Philippines' oldest newspaper.

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