KUALA LUMPUR, 18 October 2021: The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines confirmed at the weekend that its annual Assembly of Presidents, scheduled to take place this November, will convene as an online virtual event due to ongoing travel restrictions in the region.
Commenting on the decision, AAPA director-general Subhas Menon said: “We had very much hoped that we could hold a physical meeting this year, but with international borders remaining closed across most of Asia, this is regrettably not possible. Hence, together with our host EVA Air, we made the difficult decision to hold the Assembly of Presidents virtually for another year.”
Menon added: “Prolonged border closures have repercussions far beyond the aviation industry, seriously affecting economic and social wellbeing. We sincerely hope Governments will come together to pave the way for the smooth restoration of international air travel. There is an urgent need for streamlined travel policies and practices, allowing much needed cross-border business and social activity to resume.’
The AAPA Assembly of Presidents this year will be restricted to member airline delegates only. AAPA will hold a separate virtual press conference to brief the media on the outcome of the Assembly.