The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) represented by its Director General Captain Manuel Antonio Tamayo, participated in the High-Level Panel on Aviation Safety during the Asia Pacific Summit for Aviation Safety (AP-SAS 2023) moderated by Han Kok Juan, the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.
Along with Tamayo, the panel brought together representatives from the Civil Aviation Authorities of China, Malaysia, and Fiji, and the International Air Transport Association – Asia Pacific to discuss safety challenges for the aviation industry and how Asia-Pacific states can support each other towards the full recovery of the aviation industry in the region.
CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio said that considering how the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the aviation industry, safety, now more than ever, has become a top priority as the industry ramps up air travel. During the event, the panel discussed the safety challenges faced by the CAAs and how they are tackling these issues. The discussion also centered on how Asia-Pacific states can collaborate to advance safety capabilities in the aviation industry.
Tamayo expressed his full support for initiatives to advance safety capabilities in the aviation sector and shared the lessons learned from the 1 January 2023 temporary disruption at the Philippine Air Traffic Management Center (ATMC) that resulted in hundreds of cancelled and delayed flights and affected thousands of passengers. He emphasized that CAAP is actively undertaking and implementing measures to prevent such incidents from happening again and is working to strengthen its operational and technical capabilities.
“The Asia Pacific Summit for Aviation Safety in Singapore is an important platform for collaboration and sharing of best practices among Asia-Pacific states. As the aviation industry plays a crucial role in the region’s economy, the harmony among these states’ CAAs is essential as we work together to ensure the industry’s full recovery and continued success,” Tamayo said.