Over 130 aviation crisis management and
emergency response professionals are gathered in Bangkok for the
7th AAPA Emergency Response Conference organised by the
Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA), and co-hosted by
Themed "Synergies beyond Borders", this year's
conference focuses on building new collaborations and
strengthening existing co-operation amongst industry partners to
address a diverse set of challenges faced by the industry today.
Topics addressed at the conference include:
recommended practices during diversions, best practices in crisis
communications, resource pooling across airport communities, and
perspectives of next-of-kin. Conference delegates will also be
able to participate in an interactive exercise.
Welcoming delegates to Bangkok in his keynote
Andrew Herdman, AAPA Director General, said, "Every
day, 100,000 flights take-off and land, carrying 10 million
passengers to their destinations safely and securely. This
remarkable achievement is a direct result of good teamwork and the
commitment of aviation safety professionals around the world.
Accidents, though rare, do occur from time to time. We need to
ensure that appropriate emergency response plans and procedures
are put in place to deal with such events. Crisis management and
emergency response preparedness are inevitably closely linked."
"We must always be prepared
for such emergencies, however unlikely or infrequent. Working
together, regulators and industry stakeholders need to be ready to
apply important lessons learned from past experience and improve
upon existing practices where necessary. Governments have a key
role to play in providing regulatory oversight consistent with
established ICAO standards," added Mr. Herdman.
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