The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) announced that the annual Assembly of Presidents, initially scheduled to take place in Japan in November, will now be conducted virtually due to ongoing travel restrictions and blanket quarantine requirements in the region.
Commenting on the decision, Subhas Menon, AAPA’s director general, “We had very much hoped that we could hold a physical meeting in Japan this year, but unfortunately circumstances do not allow for this to happen. Borders remain closed in Asia with onerous travel restrictions. Hence, together with our host Japan Airlines, we made the difficult decision to hold the Assembly of Presidents meeting virtually. We thank all stakeholders for their understanding.”
“Prolonged border closures have wider repercussions far beyond the aviation industry, seriously affecting economic and social wellbeing. We sincerely hope Governments will come together soon to pave the way for the resumption of international air travel in a safe and secure manner. Only coordinated and harmonised travel policies and health measures would allow much needed business and social activity to resume,” he added.
AAPA said the Assembly of Presidents this year will be restricted to member airline delegates only, with a separate virtual media briefing for members of the media at the conclusion of the Assembly proceedings.