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CAAS and GAI launches Changi Airport Advisory Group

Mr Liew Mun Leong, the Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore officially launched today (11 September) the Changi Airport Advisory Group (CAAG). CAAG is intended to retain the expertise of some of the most…

Mr Liew Mun Leong, the Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore officially launched today (11 September) the Changi Airport Advisory Group (CAAG). CAAG is intended to retain the expertise of some of the most experienced minds, who have been involved in the development and management of Changi Airport, for both the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Changi Airports International (CAI).

In his speech, Mr Liew said: “The first three advisors to join this group – Wong Woon Liong, Ho Beng Huat and Chiang Hai Eng – have collectively more than a century of dedicated experience in airport organisation, operations management and routes development. In the aviation sector, they represent the most respected names and as Singaporeans, they want to make a mark for Singapore in this field. They will

have free-ranging roles to lead high level strategic or operational teams, to mentor the younger managers and to advise the management teams in both, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and Changi Airports International.”

CAAG will be chaired by CAAS Adviser, Mr Sim Kee Boon, whom Mr Liew credited as “the person

who was the key driver responsible for making Changi into an international name that is associated with the superlatives of airport planning and management.”

Mr Wong Woon Liong has developed a wide network of contacts with many airport authorities throughout the world during his 15-year tenure as Director-General of CAAS. He is a very well known figure in the aviation industry having led Changi Airport successfully for many years. His experience and contacts are very valuable

for Changi to grow internationally as an air hub. Mr Wong speaks excellent Mandarin and has a special interest in China.He will be involved in helping to develop strategic relationships for many of CAI’s projects in that market.

Mr Ho Beng Huat was an important member of the team which was responsible for developing and managing Changi. He personally spearheaded the introduction of the airport processes which provides Changi with its characteristic efficiency and service quality. Mr Ho’s main task will be to review the management operations on the ground in the CAI operated airports and to help steer development proposals for new airports.

Mr Chiang Hai Eng is a specialist in air route development and the formulation of aviation regulatory frameworks. He will help CAI formulate strategies to market its airports to airlines and increase the connectivity of these airports. He will also help new airports and existing airports to improve their processes for the purpose of safety certifications.

Mr Chow Kok Fong, Chief Executive Officer of Changi Airports International welcomed the establishment of CAAG: “This arrangement means that these eminent persons are still actively helping Changi Airport but in a different way. They will be included as part of what we call our ‘helicopter teams’. In essence, they can be mobilized to any of our overseas airports to attend to any novel management or operational situation which we may encounter overseas. Few people can do this as well as they can because in order to handle these unexpected situations, you need to accumulate battle hardened experience through long association with a top airport like Changi. By having them on board, it gives us a very strong advantage against those of our competitors who are merely financial players in looking for airport investments.”

Vicky Karantzavelou
Co-Founder & Chief Editor - TravelDailyNews Media Network

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales. She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.

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