The aviation sector in Singapore has been doing well with a 5.7 per cent year-on-year jump in productivity in 2017 and more than 30 new innovation projects launched. Nevertheless, Changi Airport is approaching capacity and at the same time it is harder to hire more works due to an ageing population. Therefore, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore launched several initiatives to enhance Singapore’s competitiveness as an air hub.


The EuroCham Aerospace and Air Travel Committee contributes to enhancing the air hub in Singapore by engaging with the Singapore government to share issues committee members are facing as well as potential solutions. In addition, the committee advocates for Singapore’s adherence to international best practices regarding regulations and initiatives in the aerospace and air travel sector by offering input and support (as a common voice) for the development/reform of key laws and policies in this field, and calls for a greater voice of Singapore within the ASEAN community in this field. Furthermore, the committee provides thought leadership on developments in the aerospace sector. Committee members come from companies active in various segments of the aerospace & transport industry in APAC, including airlines, air freight, space, logistics, maintenance and manufacturing companies.


Mr Thomas Cochelin, Head of Procurement Asia Pacific, Airbus (Chair)
Mr Jose Hartojo, Business Development Manager – Country Manager, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Co-Chair)
Mr Philipp Bonkatz, General Manager Sales Singapore, Lufthansa Group (Co-Chair)
Mr Steven Bartholomeusz, Head of Public Affairs APAC, Neste Asia Pacific (Co-Chair)
Mr See Kah Meng, Business Development Manager, Safran Helicopter Engines Asia (Co-Chair)
Mr Fabrice Espinosa, CEO, Studio28 (Co-Chair)


  • Closed-door dialogue with the Civil Aviation Authority Singapore (CAAS)
  • Site Visit to Airbus Training Centre and Satair
  • Business Roundtable with visiting delegation from the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN)
  • Sharing session with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
  • Meeting on MRO activities in the region and knowledge sharing of big and small players in this space


  • Harmonisation of standards
  • The role of low-cost carriers
  • Talent & training across the value chain
  • Technology & digitalisation
  • Sustainability
  • Regulatory developments in Singapore and the region


  • Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
  • Ministry of Transport
  • Ministry of Trade and Industry
  • Economic Development Board
  • European Aviation Safety Agency
  • Singapore Space and Technology Association