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Stefano Baronci joins ACI World as Director of Economics

Montreal, 7 April 2016 – ACI World has announced the appointment of Stefano Baronci as Director of Economics and Programme Development. Stefano’s responsibilities include leading airport industry economic policy development; overseeing the collection, dissemination and analysis of airport traffic and economic data; acting as the Secretary of the World Economics Standing Committee; collaborating with ICAO on its Economics Panel and related activities; engaging with multilateral financial and economic development entities; assisting with capacity-building in airport commercial and economic areas; and representing ACI at meetings and conference as a subject matter expert in the areas of economics and statistics.

Stefano has more than 15 years of analytic and representational experience at national and international levels in the aviation sector, having represented both the airport and the airline industries.

With particular regard to the airport industry, he served as Secretary General of Assaeroporti, an Association of 37 Airport Operators in Italy, where he contributed to the approval of a new economic regulation extending a dual till system for all Italian airports.

Before this he was a Senior Policy Manager at ACI EUROPE, where he successfully represented the airport sector on the European rules about airport charges through engagement with key policy makers from the European Union, national civil aviation authorities and Ministry of Transport representatives. In support of ACI and its Member Airports, he contributed to the revision of ICAO’s Policies on Charges for Airports and Air Navigation Services (Doc 9082).

Stefano has also worked at the European Commission in the Directorate General of Energy & Transport.

Stefano has a degree in Law from La Sapienza University in Rome and a Master’s in Business Administration from Warwick University in the UK.

“ACI has become the trusted source for airport traffic and economic data, and Stefano’s considerable industry experience will ensure that our capability will continue to grow,” said Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World. “Airports have become sophisticated businesses that more than ever require timely and accurate data to make informed strategic and tactical decisions. Stefano shares ACI’s priorities of promoting the interests of the world’s airports and promoting excellence in airport management and operations.”

“The airport industry over the last two decades has become a dynamic business, capable of facing a variety of economic challenges,” noted Stefano Baronci. “In a highly competitive market, airports need accurate and reliable statistics and economics data to make sound decisions with the aim of ultimately improving their businesses. ACI fits this purpose and can help its members to strengthen their role as gateways to the global economy in an ever more economically sustainable manner. I look forward to taking on this role and contributing to promoting airports as drivers for economic and social growth in the regions they serve and beyond.”   

Stefano will be working out of ACI EUROPE’s Brussels office until June, at which time he will move to ACI World’s Montreal office. He can be reached by emailing

Notes for editors

1. Airports Council International (ACI), 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, please click here.

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