Airports should facilitate safe and comfortable travel
Every year, the Airports Council International (ACI) World Assembly comes out with Resolutions on key subjects for airport operators that reflect the concerns and interests of the ACI members.
This year, the 29th ACI World Annual General Assembly in Hong Kong in April, has unanimously expressed its position on a number of issues.
About mitigating the threat of unwanted drones affecting airports, it passed a resolution that aims to provide a basis for airport action and appeals for coordinated action together with governments and other concerned parties.
It also passed a Resolution encouraging airports to plan their role in the recovery of a disaster-affected area. A Resolution was also passed that affirms the commitment of airports worldwide to continuously strive for excellence in customer service and experience including accessibility for passengers with disabilities.
In order to encourage continued engagement with ICAO on policy development and capacity building, the ACI gathering passed a Resolution that seeks to safeguard years of fruitful collaboration and to develop new joint ventures such as in APEX, training, events, and the collection and use of data.
This Resolution also identifies target areas for advocacy, including environmental protection, particularly the need for aviation to develop more ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction goals to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement.
Collectively, the resolutions put a renewed focus on helping to ensure that airports can facilitate safe and comfortable travel for all passengers, regardless of ability, as the industry strives to meet ever-increasing air service demand. They will also support ACI’s position this September when ICAO holds its triennial Assembly and will contribute to our success in representing our members’ interests worldwide.
The ACI World Assembly elected ACI World’s new Chair, Martin Eurnekian, President of Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 and CEO of Corporación América Airports, and new Vice-Chair, Aimen bin Ahmed Al Hosni, CEO of Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC).
We are fortunate to have their leadership and I can assure you that the World Governing Board and the community of airports will benefit from their valuable experience and acumen. As the only organization that can bring together airports, large and small from all regions, to agree strong measures to address the issues that affect us all, we will continue to be the effective voice of airports.