Governments must also focus on regulatory harmonization, says IATA Director General and CEO

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IATA says urgent action must be taken to address infrastructure deficiencies in the Asia-Pacific region.

Passenger demand is expected to grow faster in Asia-Pacific than in any other region.

Bangkok, Manila and Jakarta are among airports that need major upgrades

IATA expects 2.1 billion extra air travellers in Asia-Pacific by 2036, and IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac says improvements are required at number of airports.

“Bangkok, Manila and Jakarta are among airports that need major upgrades,” he said. “Chinese air traffic management struggles to cope with growth. And high costs at India’s privatized airports are burdening the industry.

"The challenge for governments is to ensure sufficient capacity that is affordable and in line with airlines’ operational requirements.”

Also, with many Asia-Pacific countries deviating from global standards—for example, China has recently introduced new and unique requirements for handling portable electronic devices (PEDs)—de Juniac called for increased use of accepted best practices across the region.

Governments must focus on harmonization and work together in partnership with industry

He says too many states are guilty of “re-inventing the wheel” on issues such as developing punitive consumer protection, ignoring best practices in accident investigations, and making non-standard security requirements.

“The goal is to improve efficiency with seamless operations across the region,” de Juniac added.

“And to do that governments must focus on harmonization and work together in partnership with industry.”

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