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Chief executive officer of Nauru Airlines, Geoff Bowmaker is the new chairman of the Association of South Pacific Airlines (ASPA).
Bowmaker takes over the reins from Air Niugini’s CEO and outgoing chairman Simon Foo who has held this role since 2015.
When handing over the role, Foo said Bowmaker is a veteran in the airline industry and will continue the good work of further developing the association’s goals and encourage regional cooperation.
Foo said he was pleased to note the significant progress ASPA has made over the years, most importantly that the association is fulfilling many objectives that were mandated under its charter.
Bowmaker like Foo is not new to the airline industry. He was ASPA’s deputy chairman for many years prior to his appointment as chairman.
Bowmaker started as a junior clerk at Qantas Airways in 1968 and moved to overseas stations, management and route director roles in the latter years. He also held senior positions in Air Namibia in Southern Africa and Air Pacific in Suva, Fiji.
“I am honored to be elected to lead ASPA for the next 12 months as chairman and I appreciate the good work of Foo who has greatly assisted my transition into the role,” Bowmaker said.
He said his vision is to continue the good work by his predecessor to develop the association’s goals which, among others is promote cooperation among the member airlines for the development of commercial aviation within, to and from the South Pacific region.
ASPA has 13 airline members and 46 industry service provider members. Its primary role is to serve as a common forum for the articulation of members views on matters and issues of common interest.
It is also to foster close co-operation and to bring an atmosphere conducive to the stimulation of the travel and tourism industry in the region.
The term of office for ASPA chairman is one year. The decision for a new chairman is held during the annual general meeting each year.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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