Volcanic Ash Creates Opportunity For ATC Growth In Asia


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Volcanic Ash Creates Opportunity For ATC Growth In Asia

Shane Nolan

June 4, 2010 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in recent weeks global aviation has had a tough time adapting to Mother Nature’s rage. With volcanic ash causing delays for airlines entering Europe, the Asian aviation industry has stepped up to refocus on enhancing airspace control.

The Pillars of Aviation Summit in Kuala Lumpur on June 28th-29th 2010 will gather some of the world’s leading aviation experts from emerging markets to discuss issues of transparent air traffic control (ATC) and crisis management. This meeting comes at an important time for the industry to combine its knowledge and experience to create a new schedule for regulations and support vehicles.

Commenting on the summit and the impact of recent events in Europe, Tengku Dato’ Azmil Zahruddin Managing Director and CEO of Malaysia Airlines said, “The aviation industry around the globe is still in recovery mode after the 2009 global economic downturn. This situation was recently further aggravated by flight disruptions caused by the volcanic eruption in Europe, causing a massive impact to airline revenue.

“With top airline executives and decision makers of civil aviation authorities coming together for Pillars of Aviation 2010, I believe we will be able to tackle topical challenges like these and produce strategies for the future success of the industry in Asia Pacific,” he said.


The summit will use a simple structure to discuss strategies for overcoming these issues and moving forward. Utilizing a four tier approach, discussions will centre on “Government Support and Regulations”, “Financial Investment and Profitability”, “Knowledge and Industry Management” and “Commercialization”.

Nic Watson, Managing Director for the summit commented “It’s hard to imagine that when one disaster such as 9/11 or SARS is pretty much over, another challenge falls upon the aviation industry, presenting us with a difficult path to success.

However we have a large supporting network of organizations such as CAA’s, ATC’s and professional services giving us the ability to adapt in this constantly evolving environment. I think if Darwin was alive today he would have pointed to this sector as a perfect specimen of evolution. By using the volcanic ash incidents as a catalyst, we now have an opportunity to improve the sector with thought leadership on air traffic and crisis control management; it’s the next step in the evolution of aviation.”

The summit will also focus on creating opportunities in Malaysia where, according to Malaysia Airlines, the industry has shown positive recovery and is expected to grow at 4.5 percent by the end of 2010. In 2012, airports in Malaysia are expected to handle more than 55 million passengers, 1.2 million tons of cargo, and 600,000 aircraft movements.
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