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Asia’s full-service carriers also want liberalisation: AAPA chief

(Singapore:

09 November 2006) Addressing the aviation community leaders gathered at the Outlook 2007 summit, Director  General of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines, Andrew Herdman, stated that the call for liberalisation is not coming uniquely from the LCC sector. “A big mistake is made in thinking that the established players are not in favour of liberalisation,” he said. “Often they are liberalisation’s biggest winners.”

Outlook 2006

Mr Herdman, who heads the Kuala Lumpur-based trade group representing 17 airlines across the Asia Pacific region, explained that the need to conduct negotiations bilaterally slows reform, but that more speed is still possible, and necessary. “We must ensure that the regulatory framework keeps pace with industry needs,” he stated.

Outlook 2007 is the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation’s annual examination of the prospects for the Asia Pacific airline industry. Convening in Singapore with the participation of 30 CEOs and 380 vital stakeholders from all components of the aviation sector, Outlook 2007 and the CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence is the year’s premier gathering of the region’s aviation decision makers, providing a forum for dialogue between leaders from the airline, airport, supplier and regulatory communities.  

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