AAPA hails lifting of who travel advisory

26 May 2003

KUALA LUMPUR - The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) commended the World Health Organisation (WHO) for its lifting of the travel advisory for Hong Kong and Guangzhou as "fantastic news".

AAPA's director general, Richard Stirland, said, "This is really wonderful, as it was not anticipated to happen so quickly. Now we can at least contemplate the beginning of a recovery of confidence in travel to these places, and residents will be able to resume overseas travel without the risk of inconvenience or suspicion." said Richard Stirland.

He however expressed his regrets that until the situation Taiwan improves, "we cannot see an all round improvement as the Taiwan route is the single most important one for Hong Kong. We must hope for the best. In the meantime, we will be doing everything possible to help our member airlines capitalise on the opportunities the lifting of this warning presents. There is still a long way to go before the regional airlines are out of the woods."

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