The largest barriers to growth of business aviation in the Asia Pacific region are “infrastructure, infrastructure and infrastructure,” GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce told AIN at ABACE 2012. “There really is no business aviation infrastructure yet in the region. With infrastructure, there would be even more growth opportunities for the industry here in China and, more generally, in the Asia Pacific,” he commented.
But he cautioned, “It’s more than just building runways–it’s also about knowing how business aviation works at the airport and tailoring regulations for this unique segment. Regulations for airline operations don’t really work for business aviation.” Bunce’s list of needed infrastructure improvements include reliever airports for general-aviation traffic, ATC efficiency efforts and the building of more FBOs, as well as developing customs and airport security tailored specifically to business aviation.
On the regulatory-reform front, GAMA is providing an industry perspective to authorities as countries on the Pacific Rim develop a common framework to facilitate business aviation operations, under the auspices of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum. The association is also forging cooperative relationships with aviation regulatory authorities, policymakers and stakeholders in China and India.