Terror threats, congestion up in airlines’ meet

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Despite steady growth in passengers and cargo as well as low fuel prices, airlines are confronted by terror threats, airport congestions, disease control, safety and government taxes. These troubling matters will be among the issues that will be discussed by chief executives in the Asia-Pacific region at this year’s 60th Assembly of Presidents of the Association of Asia-Pacific Airlines (AAPA) hosted by Philippine Airlines (PAL) to be held this Thursday. In a statement, PAL president Jaime Bautista said “the annual gathering of Asia-Pacific air carriers provides the unique platform to synthesize our distinct responses to challenges peculiar to our region.” The Asia-Pacific region accounts for 32 percent of the total global passenger traffic and 40 percent of passenger traffic, according to Bautista. Last year, the AAPA passed 10 resolutions co­vering safety oversight to consumer protection.

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