PAL hosts AAPA’s 60th Assembly of Presidents
Airline chief executives of carriers based in the Asia-Pacific region will converge in Manila to discuss common concerns as Philippine Airlines (PAL) hosts this year’s 60th Assembly of Presidents of the Association of Asia-Pacific Airlines (AAPA).
The two-day Assembly will be held at The Fort Shangri-la Hotel, Bonifacio Global City on Nov. 17-18, 2016, 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.
According to AAPA, the Asia-Pacific region accounts for 32% of the total global passenger traffic and 40% of passenger traffic.
Although airlines have been enjoying steady growth mainly due to increased passenger and cargo demand as well as low fuel prices, the region continues to confront such issues as terror threats, airport congestion, disease control, safety, government taxes, etc.
Last year, the Assembly passed 10 resolutions covering safety oversight to consumer protection.
“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 facilitating the growth centers,” said AAPA Director General Andrew Herdman.
PAL is rolling out the red carpet to welcome the 16 AAPA airline presidents and their key staff, with uniquely Filipino presentations to regale delegates during the welcome cocktails on Nov. 17 and gala dinner the following night.
After the formal discussions, a post-assembly program treats the airline presidents and their spouses to a round of golf, tour of Intramuros and shopping at Greenhills.
PAL last hosted the AAPA Assembly of Presidents in Cebu in year 2000.
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