AAPA: Increased liberalisation key to industry health

SINGAPORE – Beatrice Lim, commercial director at the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA), called on Asian regulators to provide a more open environment for the region's carriers at the Aviation Outlook Summit here. She joined Peter Harbison, chairman of summit organizer Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, in saluting Malaysia's recent move to begin the liberalisation of the vital Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route. "Asian aviation needs fresh thinking and further moves towards genuine liberalisation," Lim said. Aviation Outlook Summit 2008 is the fourth meeting of the Centre's annual review of the Asia Pacific and Middle East airline industry and its future prospects. This year's gathering is focused on the need for Asian industry participants to play a leadership role in the events that continue to shape the global aviation sector, especially as the region begins to generate the largest share of world traffic. Aviation leaders from all segments of the industry have assembled here to discuss and debate how the regional sector can proactively assert itself in such vital fields as the environment, liberalisation and the necessary evolution of the aviation business model, for both full-service and low cost airlines.

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