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industry needs infrastructure to support not just daily operations,
but maintenance also.
In Singapore AsBAA members Jet Aviation break ground on a
third hangar this year at Seletar, Bombardier has a service centre
and Hawker Pacific caters to Dassault/Embraer and Textron prod-
ucts. Seletar, due to its careful planning has now grown to become
a business and general aviation hub in Southeast Asia, bringing
significant income to the city.
AAV: Are some of the issues you raise more pronounced in certain
countries in the region?
JL: The industry has enjoyed a decade of double-digit growth in
Asia from 2005-2015 but it is now entering a period of uncertainty.
The next wave of growth can only happen with the fundamentals
and government support to facilitate it. Capital cities across APAC
remain a challenge for business and general aviation access.
Specifically, Manila, Hong Kong, Beijing, Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta,
Macau, Taipei, Incheon, Singapore Changi and Haneda Tokyo. In
Mainland China, challenges are not confined to Beijing. Airports in
other tier one cities, Hongqiao, Xi'an, Shenzhen, Chengdu among
others, are also under strain and require strategic expansion to
accommodate business and general aviation. As announced in
the 13th Five-Year Plan, this is a priority for the central government
(and) therefore we may see some positive changes in China in the
next few years. AsBAA will continue to work with the authorities
to advise on such developments.
A AV: What steps can be taken now to alleviate some of these current
JL: Many of the solutions are mid-long term and require city plan-
ning with business and general aviation in mind. In the short term,
a more efficient, connected aviation environment would help make
existing airports more efficient. For example, better use of available
software for airports to connect with each other in real-time, so
that the computers and artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality
(VR) modelling can predict and automatically provide optimised
routings and runway slots from point A to point B. This is a rela-
tively easy fix that could increase inter-city cooperation along with
slot availability at those airports. AsBAA would also recommend
easing freedom of movement restrictions of the aviation workforce,
such as engineers, enabling them to work in multiple jurisdictions.
Removal of punitive taxes on aircraft parts imports into China and
other countries on foreign tails. The interpretation and enforcement
of cabotage in certain countries needs to be reviewed for business
and aviation use. Finally, the biggest job is to educate governments
in Asia on the economic value of business and general aviation to
the wider economy.
AAV: If some of the issues you raise require longer term solutions to
solve them, what are they?
JL: Yes, there needs to be a more unified approach to tackling our
issues with governments and NGOs. Governments will not work
with individual companies, therefore a combined approach via
non-profit organisations such as AsBAA is required. The longer-
term solution is to ensure that government development depart-
ments make provisions for business and general
aviation at the blueprint stage. AsBAA is work-
ing with governments and transport ministries
across Asia to make this a reality. AsBAA can
also provide a platform to allow smaller, niche
associations within business and general aviation
to continue to grow and flourish but have a more
coordinated approach on common issues, such
as lower altitude airspace, pilot needs, regulation,
access to airports and others.
AAV: What problems do you see a ecting business
aviation in Asia in the future?
JL: AsBAA is working to ensure that the Asian
aviation industry be allowed to continue to grow. There are many
challenges, but primarily this all stems from understanding at gov-
ernment level. From a financial perspective, the evidence is clear
that business and general aviation boost economies, connects com-
munities, and provides a lifeline in times of crisis (such as terrorism
or disaster) with air ambulance, search and rescue, flying doctors
and quick, accessible transport of people and things.
AAV: Do you feel positive about the business aviation's future in Asia?
JL: If we take a long-term view, yes. However, there are enormous
challenges to tackle to reach the point of realising potential growth.
Many of our members are deeply concerned for the future of the
industry and look to AsBAA to advocate for better operational
conditions. If progress can continue to be made at the pace it
has, yes, the future is bright...The industry also presents massive
opportunities for job creation. AsBAA is working with several
universities under our Discovery initiative to increase awareness
and understanding of business and general aviation as a career
Governments will not work with individual companies,
therefore a combined approach via non-profit
organisations such as AsBAA is required. The
longer-term solution is to ensure that government
development departments make provisions for
business and general aviation at the blueprint stage.
AsBAA is working with governments and transport
ministries across Asia to make this a reality.
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