Singapore Airlines To Host 67th AAPA Assembly of Presidents

A Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 with wheels down.
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Singapore Airlines (SIA) is set to host the 67th edition of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) Assembly of Presidents on November 9 and 10, 2023.

This regional event gathers the leaders and influencers of the aviation industry to discuss the latest developments, opportunities, and challenges facing the Asia Pacific airline sector.

The AAPA and Asia Pacific Aviation

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines, comprised of 14 member airlines, stands as the preeminent trade association for scheduled international carriers within the Asia Pacific region.

Its mission revolves around fostering cooperation, advocating for industry interests, and promoting sustainable growth. Singapore Airlines will helm the event to be held in Singapore this year.

The upcoming AAPA Assembly is poised to be a fairly large affair, with over 200 delegates, attendees, and media representatives converging in Singapore.

The event’s location host, Singapore’s prestigious Mandarin Oriental Hotel, will serve as the backdrop for the discussions and collaborations that will shape the future of air travel in the region.


Distinguished Attendees

The assembly will see a diverse group of attendees, including CEOs and senior management from member airlines.

Also attending will be representatives from key stakeholders such as 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.

Additionally, the wider aerospace and aviation community will be well represented, adding depth to the discussions.

Mr. Chee Hong Tat, Singapore’s Acting Minister for Transport, will grace the opening session on November 10, 2023. His presence underscores the significance of this assembly in the context of international aviation.

Sustainable Air Transport Growth in Focus

This year’s assembly revolves around the theme of “Sustainable Air Transport Growth in the Asia Pacific.” It’s a theme that resonates deeply in the industry, highlighting the importance of international air transport and the collective commitment to sustainability.

This assembly provides a critical platform to discuss the opportunities and challenges in the airline industry and formulate a strategy for sustainable growth in the region.

The Asia Pacific airline industry has demonstrated remarkable resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In August 2023, the region’s passenger capacity rebounded to 77% of pre-pandemic levels, a testament to the sector’s ability to adapt and evolve.

International passenger traffic in the Asia Pacific doubled from the previous year, and by the end of the year, it is expected to reach 80% of pre-pandemic levels. This recovery is a promising sign for the aviation industry in the region.

Singapore Airlines CEO Comments

Mr. Goh Choon Phong, Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Airlines, expressed his pleasure at hosting the AAPA Assembly, emphasizing the need for deeper collaboration among airlines and their partners and stakeholders.

This collaboration, he believes, is pivotal for sustainable growth, ensuring that aviation continues to benefit future generations.

 The assembly promises meaningful discussions that will lay the groundwork for a brighter future for the Asia Pacific’s airline industry.

An Influential Gathering

Mr. Subhas Menon, Director General of the AAPA, views 2023 as a pivotal year for Asia Pacific aviation. As the industry seeks to return to growth, it must navigate complex geopolitical, economic, and climate challenges.

With a lineup of influential speakers and thought-provoking conversations, this year’s Assembly of Presidents is set to inspire and provoke discussions that will shape the future of aviation in the region.

For further information on the AAPA 67th Assembly of Presidents, please visit the website.

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