Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) confirmed it would be prepared to consider extending the geographic coverage of the association (Aerospace Daily, 14-May-2011). AAPA’s membership does not include any carriers from mainland China or India. AAPA limits membership to international airlines based within time zones GMT+7 to GMT+12, which does not include India.
AAPA looks at extending membership
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