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AAPA A EMBLY OF PRE IDENT
THE AAPA, which represents 16 legacy airlines is pressing govern-
ments in Asia including the region's core market of China to keep
up with rapid industry growth by improving infrastructure making
slot allocation rules fairer and streamlining air tra ic management
warning if steps to improve those areas are not taken further growth
in the industry will be stymied.
The AAPA passed resolutions at the October meeting in Taiwan
calling for more "transparent" and "non-discriminatory" allocation of
aircraft slots among the region's 37 airports with existing schemes.
The association also urged governments to "think beyond national
borders" in speeding up aircraft tra ic flows which could mean
adding runways among other measures.
Infrastructure needs a lift to ensure airlines meet United Nations
pollution reduction goals by 2019 it says. Any single-country pas-
senger screening rules that defy international norms can disrupt
flights or add new safety issues according to the text of resolutions
released in Taipei at the association's annual Assembly of Presidents.
Airports in Bangkok Manila and Jakarta need upgrades to keep
up with the growing Asian aviation market the International Air
Transport Association (IATA CEO and director general Alexandre
de Juniac said in a speech to the assembly. Privatisation of airports
in India have added costs that are "burdening the industry" he said.
Among the problem spots is China where tight military control
of airspace makes the country notorious for take-o delays. China
added worrisome security requirements in October on inbound
flights from certain countries one participant at the assembly said.
The same country places "new and unique" rules on personal de-
vices in flight de Juniac said.
"We are headed for a major infrastructure crisis " de Juniac said.
"In many ways the Asia-Pacific region is ahead of the game with
major hubs having robust expansion plans. The challenge for gov-
ernments is to ensure su icient capacity that is a ordable and in
line with airlines' operational requirements."
A decline in fuel prices has lowered airfares fostering relatively
quick growth in air travel around the region the AAPA said. That
factor combined with "a wide range of airline business models" is
raising international passenger tra ic growth for Asian airlines by 7.9
percent in revenue per passenger kilometre terms so far this year.
The same figure worldwide was 7.2 percent in 2017 through August.
About 34 million jobs and US$700 billion in "economic activity"
generated by aviation in Asia and the Pacific should more than
double over the next 20 years de Juniac said.
Those trends may stop unless airport authorities make changes
o icials from the two associations said.
In the Philippine capital Manila the international airport span-
ning four terminals and two runways was designed for 30 million
passengers per year but it hit 39.5 million in 2016. This pressure is
cramping flagship carrier Philippine Airlines as it intends to serve
15 million passengers this year and 20 million by 2020.
"Manila is our hub. Most of our flights are in Manila " Philippine
Airlines president Jaime Bautista told the assembly. "Because of this
our ability to grow has been a ected. With this airport infrastruc-
ture limitation we are really not very sure whether we will be able
meet our targets but we're working closely with the government."
For now Bautista said airlines use "schemes" such as converting
domestic gates into international ones. Eventually the airport needs
terminal consolidation for aircraft circulation and more e icient
runways he said.
AAPA o icials suggested in their resolutions and comments to the
assembly that countries follow international standards on air tra ic
management passenger screening and setting of any airport user
fees citing UN International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO rules
as a benchmark. Unified standards foster cross-border consistency
rather than time-consuming disruptions at airports they suggested.
Passengers put o by airport taxes and user fees may simply fly
less AAPA's director general Andrew Herdman said adding "the
ever-growing burden of restrictive government legislation increas-
ing taxes and charges and lack of shared vision for the industry
hold back the potential of Asia's carriers in fully contributing to the
social and economic development of the region."
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Alexandre de Juniac.
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