AAPA applauds ASEAN+3 SARS resolution

20 May 2003

KUALA LUMPUR - The director general of the Association Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has welcomed the outcome of the meeting held by ASEAN + 3 airport authorities on May 15 to 16.

In a statement issued today, Richard Stirland said the grouping of 13 Asian nations' airports had hit the right note.

"The meeting was exactly what was needed for a concerted effort to establish a common set of effective and practical measures to prevent passengers showing SARS like symptoms from either boarding an aircraft or leaving an airport on arrival in another country, " said Stirland.

The ASEAN + 3 authorities issued a Joint Resolution noting that the aviation industry is one of the sectors most affected by SARS, and that it can and must play a significant role in controlling its spread.

The authorities agreed to adopt health declaration cards for all departing and arriving passengers and for temperature screening at both ends of any route which touches SARS affected areas.

The ASEAN + 3 authorities jointly resolved that all passengers suspected of having SARS should not be denied entry into the country of arrival, but rather should be provided with appropriate medical treatment in that country.

"I am pleased to say that the Commercial Director of the Association attended the meeting of the ASEAN + 3 authorities as an observer, and his presence was a pledge that the AAPA member airlines are ready to work in close collaboration with the airports and the health authorities to overcome this crisis," said Stirland.

"The ASEAN + 3 Resolution precisely meets the appeals we made a month ago."

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