Over 300 to attend budget air meet

Over 300 senior-level airline operators, leasing, software providers and consultants from 20 countries are attending the Asia Pacific Low Cost Airline Symposium.
The conference is from 18-20 January.

With the new budget terminal in Singapore due for opening on March 26 and with Malaysia’s new LCC terminal on its heels, Asia is indeed set to become an aviation hub.

The year 2005 was an interesting year for low cost airlines in Asia Pacific, with Asia’s first-ever merger of ValuAir and Jetstar Asia; the starting of several low cost and private airlines in India and China; the launch of several new routes by established low cost airlines; the counter-attack from regional airlines with re-packaging and new marketing strategies.

Against such competitive background and in anticipation of more consolidation and changes, the 3rd annual Asia Pacific Low Cost Airline Symposium is designed to create a vital platform for industry players to meet, exchange ideas and share knowledge of this vibrant industry.

This Symposium is positioned as Asia Pacific’s only industry event this year.

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“There is going to be a lot of exciting debate, comments and new announcements at the conference, which reflects the dynamic growth of the aviation sector” said Mr Richard Ireland, Managing Director, Asia of the event organiser, Terrapinn.

CEO-level airline speakers include Tony Davis of Tiger Airways; Brett Godfrey of Virgin Blue Airlines; Alan Joyce of Jetstar Airways; Tony Marks of Pacific Blue Airlines; Patee Sarasin of Nok Air; Andrew Pyne of Macau Eagle Aviation Services; Udom Tantiprasongchai of Orient Thai Airways; Adam Adhitya Suherman of Adam Air; Tasspon Bijleveld of Thai AirAsia; Jehangir Wadia of Go Air; and Warwick Brady of Air Deccan. Other key speakers include Executive Director John Doherty of Aviation and Airport Division of the Department of Transport and Regional Services (Australia); Director of Air Transport Santoso Eddy Wibowo of Ministry of Transport (Indonesia); Senior Director of Airport Management Tan Lye Teck of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore; Deputy Director Koji Takahashi of the Civil Aviation Bureau of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (Japan) and Executive Director John Chan of Macau International Airport.

Asia Pacific Low Cost Airline Symposium 2006 will take place from 18 to 20 January at The Grand Hyatt Singapore.
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