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29th ACI World Annual General Assembly affirms its position on increased engagement with ICAO on policy development, capacity building and environmental protection

Montreal, 15 April 2019 – Airports Council International (ACI) World Annual General Assembly (WAGA) held on 4 April in Hong Kong, China unanimously expressed its position on increased engagement with ICAO on policy development, capacity building and environmental protection.

As ICAO plans for its 40th Triennial Assembly, to be held from 24 September to 4 October this year, the ACI Assembly confirmed the importance of ACI alignment with the objectives of ICAO to further a safe, secure, and sustainable air transportation system. The Resolution recognizes the value of working directly with regulators and policy makers to influence decisions at the ICAO level. Furthermore, the Resolution affirms ACI’s position as the voice of airports on the global stage.

In a practical sense, the Resolution also encourages greater commitment from ICAO to ACI in the development of joint ventures such as in training, events, APEX, and the collection and use of data. It paves the way to further developing relations between ICAO’s Technical Cooperation Bureau and the World Business Partners in terms of capacity building.

In terms of environmental protection, the Assembly noted the need for the highest possible standards for all aviation partners and called on ACI to take a leadership role in encouraging ICAO to develop long term goals for greenhouse gas reductions consistent with the Paris Agreement.

“At the end of the day collaboration is key,” said ACI Director General Angela Gittens, “if our industry is to successfully surmount challenges as we seek to accommodate increasing air service demand, we must continue to work together.” She added, “ACI is cognizant of this and the Resolution 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: safety, security, efficiency, and environmental protection, in particular, the need for aviation to develop more ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction goals to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement.”

The 29th ACI Asia-Pacific/World Annual General Assembly, Congress & Exhibition held in Hong Kong, China, 2 to 4 April, hosted by Hong Kong International Airport, attracted more than 850 delegates from around the world.

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 Organization. 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. As of January 2019, ACI serves 646 members, operating 1,960 airports in 176 countries.
  2. Read the full Resolution: Encouraging continued engagement with ICAO on policy development and capacity building.
  3. Read all Resolutions passed at the 2019 ACI World General Assembly.

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