Singapore Airlines to Host Association of Asia Pacific Airlines’ 67th Assembly of Presidents.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will host the 67th edition of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) Assembly of Presidents on November 9 and 10, 2023. With its 14 member airlines, AAPA is the trade association for scheduled international carriers in the Asia Pacific region.
The prestigious event at Singapore’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel attracts over 200 delegates, attendees, and media representatives worldwide. In addition to CEOs and senior management from member airlines, notable participants include representatives from aviation organizations. They include the International Air Transport Association (IATA), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Airports Council International (ACI), Singapore’s Ministry of Transport, and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore. Also attending are professionals from the aerospace and aviation community.
Mr Chee Hong Tat, Singapore’s Acting Minister for Transport, will attend the event.
AAPA Focuses on Sustainability
This year’s assembly focuses on “Sustainable Air Transport Growth in the Asia Pacific.” It highlights the industry’s commitment to sustainability and exploring opportunities and challenges in the airline sector. The goal is to develop a strategy for sustainable growth in the region.
Resilient Asia Pacific Airline Industry
Despite the impact of the pandemic, the Asia Pacific airline industry has shown resilience. The region’s passenger capacity reached 77% of pre-pandemic levels as of August 2023. This has led to a significant increase in international passenger traffic, which doubled compared to the previous year. The industry will reach 80% of pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2023.
Mr Goh Choon Phong, CEO of Singapore Airlines, expressed enthusiasm for hosting the AAPA Assembly.
“Singapore Airlines is pleased to host our friends and partners at this year’s AAPA Assembly. Deeper collaboration between airlines, as well as with our partners and stakeholders in the ecosystem, is critical for sustainable growth. This will help to ensure that future generations continue to enjoy the many benefits that aviation brings. We look forward to meaningful discussions that will help to lay the groundwork for an even brighter future for the Asia Pacific’s airline industry,” he said.
The Director General of AAPA, Mr Subhas Menon, highlighted the significance of this year’s assembly. He said: “2023 is a watershed year for Asia Pacific aviation. Air travel is again charging ahead even as the broader global economy comes off the boil. As it looks to return to growth, the industry must navigate challenging geopolitical, economic and climate realities. Against this backdrop, and with the line-up of influential speakers, no doubt that this year’s Assembly of Presidents will deliver many provoking yet inspiring conversations.”
Learn more about the AAPA 67th Assembly of Presidents.
About Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has a rich history that dates back to 1947 when it operated its first flight as Malayan Airways. Over time, it transformed into Malaysian Airways. Later, it became Malaysia-Singapore Airlines. In 1972, the airline split into Singapore Airlines and Malaysian Airline System. Today, SIA is a global airline group that offers exceptional service, innovative products, and an extensive network.
SIA is one of Fortune Magazine’s top 50 most admired companies worldwide. In 2023, SIA earned the Airline of the Year award at the Air Transport World Airline Industry Awards, acknowledging its remarkable performance, forward-thinking approach, and outstanding customer service.
About the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA)
The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) is a leading airline trade association headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It represents scheduled international airlines in the Asia Pacific region. AAPA has international representation in Brussels and Washington, D.C. The Association plays a vital role in the ongoing development of global aviation. The region’s airlines account for over one-third of global passenger and air cargo traffic.