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incident appears calmer than in the past.
"We long ago learned that it is human nature that each
new security incident prompts a desire to introduce yet
more security measures, but it takes a certain political
maturity to remain calm and not fall into the trap of
knee-jerk reactions by the imposition of new security
measures of unproven e ectiveness," he said.
Need for co-operation
e AAPA has consistently emphasised the need for
government agencies and the aviation industry to
work together to ensure a secure supply chain.
" is plot was foiled a er Saudi Arabia tipped
o British authorities. e lesson from this incident
is that the biggest pay-o s come from intelligence
gathering and sharing," Herdman said.
The US is now calling for 100 percent cargo
screening , which would also place Asia at a
disadvantage, since few airport terminals have the
equipment to process LD3 containers. Similarly, much
freight starts o in remote locations, consolidated
only at major hubs. Total freight screening would
further complicate and delay procedures, Herdman
Much of the Asia-Paci c region's exports are fresh
produce or perishable goods, which would spoil if le
in containers awaiting scanning, he said.
" e Americans are great believers in technological
solutions, not procedural. But a technolog y that
works in the US might not work in Fiji and might
not be a ordable across our region," he said.
e fear of unfeasible security regulations being
imposed from afar symbolises the AAPA's wider
struggle to be heard. ere is no central regulator in
Asia, although those in Hong Kong and Singapore
act as leading regulators for the region and are "more
engaged in the international debate," Herdman said.
One potential heavyweight national regulator
is the Civil Aviation Administration of China
(CAAC). However, the problem for the AAPA is
that it has no mainland Chinese member airlines. On
this, Herdman is pragmatic : the association was set
up for international airlines, and the Chinese market,
while representing some 7 percent of global passenger
tra c in revenue passenger kilometres (RPK) and 2
percent of cargo tra c in freight tonne kilometres
(FTK), is still largely domestic in focus.
Herdman said that while "obviously" he would
like a Chinese carrier "or two" to join the AAPA,
he is prepared to wait for them to see the value the
Open to LCCs
e same view holds for the lack of low-cost carriers in
the association. e AAPA was established as a ag-
carriers' club 54 years ago and today its members still
re ect the old world order of full-ser vice, scheduled
Herdman said he would like to see Asia's new
long-haul low- cost carriers join, just as hybrid
airlines have joined the EAA. However, rather than
recruit new members, his focus this year has been to
prevent existing members from leaving. Australia's
national carrier Qantas Air ways let its membership
lapse earlier this year, citing lack of value for money.
Herdman said the door is still open to Qantas to
cooperate in any AAPA meetings.
With no regional regulator to lobby, the association
needs to try and in uence each national regulator to
move in the same direction.
"We are not naive enough to think that the world
will change as a result of our resolutions. We're part
of a debate and we try to engage in dialogue and at
a time when most regulation in our region is still
domestic, we would like to help shape sensible policy
in the region," Herdman said.
e AAPA is certain about one thing : next year,
fares will rise across the region. A er a year of super-
low fares, the association expects to see ticket prices
rise as demand for air travel outstrips supply next year.
Still, many other external factors, in the form
of taxes and charges, still lie beyond the control of
an Asia-Paci c association, leaving the AAPA still
beating a path to Brussels and Washington. ●
European safety concerns are now focused on airlines based in the Philippines.
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