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2016 Young Aviation Professional Programme participants announced


The 2016 Young Aviation Professionals Programme (YAPP) participants were welcomed to Montréal by ICAO, ACI and IATA on 22 February 2016. From left to right, Mr. Vincent Smith, Director of ICAO’s Bureau of Administration and Services; YAPP participant Mr. Abul Kekilbayev from Kazakhstan; Ms. Angela Gittens, Director General of ACI World; YAPP participant Mr. Pierre-Ludovic Guymar from France; Mr. Mike Comber, IATA’s Representative to ICAO; and YAPP participant Ms. Haiqing Wan of China.

Montréal, 1 March 2016 – Participants representing three continents arrived in Montréal last week to begin taking part in the Young Aviation Professionals Programme (YAPP), a special initiative organized by Airports Council International (ACI), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The 12-month annual programme is open to candidates who have advanced university qualifications and a minimum of two years professional working experience in aviation-related regulatory activities, and/or the air transport industry. Due consideration is also given during the selection process to gender and geographic diversity.

Ms. Haiqing Wan from China, Mr. Pierre-Ludovic Guymar from France and Mr. Abul Kekilbayev from Kazakhstan were selected for 2016 YAPP participation from among over 500 global applicants.

The selected candidates will be expected to contribute to each organization’s work programmes related to aviation safety, air navigation capacity and efficiency, air transport economics or aero-political issues, with attention to inter-relationships among ACI, ICAO and IATA. Each Young Aviation Professional will be guided throughout the programme by a subject-matter expert from each of the organizations. 

“The sustainability of the industry depends to a large extent on ensuring that we have a strong pool of future professionals running the world’s airports, and these Young Aviation Professionals will be solid proponents of the community of airports and the importance of forging industry partnerships,” said Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World. “This programme aligns with our suite of Global Training courses, offered both in classrooms and online, and especially the Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP), another successful collaboration between ACI and ICAO.”

The invitation for applications for the 2017 YAPP selections is expected to be announced in early September 2016.  

Notes for editors

1. Airports Council International, the trade association of the world’s airports, was founded in 1991 with the objective of fostering cooperation among its member airports and other partners in world aviation, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring a global air transport system that is safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sustainable. To learn more about ACI, please click here.

2. A specialized agency of the United Nations, ICAO was created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world. It sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency, capacity and environmental protection, amongst many other priorities. The organization serves as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its 191 Member States. To learn more about ICAO, please click here.

3. IATA is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing some 260 airlines or 83% of total air traffic. It supports many areas of aviation activity and helps formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues. It improves understanding of the air transport industry among decision makers and increase awareness of the benefits that aviation brings to national and global economies. To learn more about IATA, please click here.

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Ryan White 
Manager, Communications 
ACI World 
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