PASAY CITY – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is hosting the Seventh Meeting of the South China Sea Traffic Flow Review Group (SCSTFRG/7) from November 5-7, at the Savoy Hotel Manila in Pasay City. 37 delegates from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Asia and Pacific (APAC) Member States and international organizations are attending the meeting.

CAAP Assistant Director General for Operations Capt. Donaldo Mendoza welcomed the delegates and meeting participants. Among the attendees are South China Sea Traffic Flow Review Group Chairman Jamil Khir Bin Mohammed, ICAO Asia Pacific Regional Sub-Office Regional Officer Yan Yonggang, and ICAO Asia Pacific Regional Sub-Office Regional Officer Mior Adli Bin Mior Sallehhuddin.

The Seventh Meeting of the South China Sea Traffic Flow Review Group was established by the South-East Asia ATS Coordination Group (SEACG) to review the traffic flow in the overall South China Sea airspace, air routes, and the suitability of the flight level allocation scheme (FLAS) / flight level orientation scheme (FLOS) to optimize airspace capacity and enhance flight safety in the long term; and to report the outcomes of the review and recommendations to the SEACG. The primary group consists of China, Hong Kong China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam, International Air Transport Association (IATA), and the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA).

The meeting aims to convene and encourage APAC member states to move forward in its efforts to optimize the South China Sea airspace structure as well as to ensure the safe and efficient conduct of flight and aviation activities in the region.