Airports Vote Yes: Empowering ACI to Act on Assembly Resolutions that will Further Advance the Airport Industry
Istanbul, Turkey, 11 June 2013 – At the 23rd ACI World General Assembly in Istanbul, Turkey, the world’s airports unanimously supported the following resolutions that empower Angela Gittens, ACI World’s Director General, to begin work on the following key priorities.
AIRPORTS URGE ICAO, STATES AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS TO WORK COLLABORATIVELY TO SUPPORT AND PROMOTE THE USE OF AIRPORT COLLABORATIVE DECISION MAKING (A-CDM)
The Assembly resolves that ACI urge ICAO and other parties to:
- support airports in all parts of the world to introduce A-CDM by ensuring that the regulatory framework is in place and that appropriate guidance material and technical assistance is available; and
- use innovative solutions to meet the challenges ahead and manage increases in traffic using the existing airport infrastructure while delivering operational benefits, reducing costs, improving efficiency and protecting the environment.
ACI URGES ICAO AND STATES TO ENSURE THAT AIRPORTS ARE CONSULTED BY AIR NAVIGATION SERVICE PROVIDERS AND AIRCRAFT OPERATORS BEFORE IMPLEMENTNG NEW PERFORMANCE BASED MANAGEMENT ROUTES SO AS TO AVOID ADVERSE NOISE IMPACT ON THOSE COMMUNITIES
The Assembly resolves to urge ICAO and other parties to:
- acknowledge that ACI supports the potential safety, efficiency and environmental benefits of PBN;
- acknowledge that when new PBN routes are planned, it is important for airport operators to have early involvement with the aircraft operators, air navigation service provider, the civil aviation authority and also the local community; and,
- recommend that States, when considering PBN routes arriving at and departing from airports, ensure that air navigation service providers and aircraft operators involve airport operators from the outset so that they may consult fully with local communities in order to avoid adverse noise impact on those communities.
AIRPORTS SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEXT GENERATION SECURITY
The Assembly resolves that:
- ACI should continue to work constructively with ICAO, States and other industry partners to develop and test next generation screening capabilities;
- such work should recognize the needs of airports and be developed in ways that inform all parties of the benefits and limitations of new approaches; and
The Assembly further resolves to urge ICAO and other parties to:
- recognize that airports are central to the development of better security;
- provide such support as is necessary to develop systems which work in the interests of passengers and other stakeholders while maintaining the integrity of the aviation security system; and
- develop guidance in cooperation with ACI that will establish best practices that can be used at airports worldwide.
AIRPORTS URGE STATES AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS TO WORK COLLABORATIVELY THROUGH ICAO TO REACH AGREEMENT ON MEASURES TO REDUCE AVIATION’S IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT
The Assembly resolves to urge States to:
- recognize the collective will of the aviation industry for ICAO to reach an agreement at its 38th Assembly to develop a comprehensive package of technological, infrastructure and operational measures complemented by market based measures (MBMs), as necessary, to reach the goal of carbon neutral growth by 2020;
- work collaboratively through ICAO to develop a comprehensive proposal for a single, global MBM mechanism to address international civil aviation CO2 emissions, and to complement the role of technology, operational and infrastructure measures; and
- recognize the contribution that industry as a whole, working through ATAG, and airports in particular, can make to being part of the solution.
AIRPORTS SEEK GREATER REGULATORY FLEXIBILITY TO RECOGNISE INCREASED COMPETITION AT AND BETWEEN AIRPORTS WHICH WOULD BRING DIRECT BENEFITS TO ALL STAKEHOLDERS
The Assembly resolves to urge ICAO to develop policies and guidance that encourages States:
- to avoid economic regulation of airports in areas where competition is already effective; and
- to consider carefully the degree of economic regulation necessary where competition has yet to develop, but competitive constraints and the potential for competition already exist.
AIRPORTS ESTABLISH A VISION TO ENSURE THAT PASSENGERS’ NEEDS ARE ADDRESSED BOTH WHEN THE SYSTEM OPERATES WELL AND DURING PERIODS OF DISRUPTION
The Assembly resolves to urge ICAO to:
- establish core principles that could help States to develop and achieve satisfactory passenger service in both normal operations and periods of flight disruption; and,
- work with industry to develop guidance material to assist States to prepare and test contingency plans for periods of flight disruption.
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