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ACI receives the Best International Organization of the Year Award at the 2019 Air Transport Awards

Ekali, 3 May 2019 – Airport Council International (ACI) World has today been awarded the Best International Organization of the Year Award by Air Transport News (ATN) at the 2019 Air Transport Awards, held in partnership with the Hermes Air Transport Organization.

The inaugural accolade celebrates the valuable contributions of ACI to the aviation sector at large.

“We strive to contribute to the industry and to the communities touched by the economic and social benefits of aviation,” ACI World Director General Angela Gittens said. “I am pleased that this award recognizes our efforts as an organization that continues to make valuable contributions to the air transportation industry.”

Dr. Kostas Iatrou, Director General at Hermes – Air Transport Organization and President of the Air Transport Awards, provided delegates with a warm welcome and congratulated ACI for its achievement.

“The Air Transport Awards have become an important event in the industry thanks to the commitment of the organizations and individuals of the aviation sector,” Dr. Kostas Iatrou said. “It is important to recognize and honor the best of the best and to celebrate their leadership. I congratulate ACI for their dedication to airports and to the aviation industry worldwide.”

In 2013, Angela Gittens, Director General of ACI World was honored with ATN’s first Woman of the Year Award.

Earlier today, Angela Gittens, Director General of ACI World spoke on the importance of training and recruitment in the aviation sector at the Hermes AGM & Leaders Forum, dedicated this year to Education and Performance in Aviation.

“According to the latest ACI World Airport Traffic Forecasts global passenger traffic is expected to double to 16.97 billion by 2034,” she said. “This is based on a projected growth rate of 4.3% per annum and to 20.9 billion passengers by 2040, based on a 4.1% compounded annual growth rate.

“Meeting future growth also requires investing in a skilled, committed and diverse talent pool. I’m proud to report that ACI Global Training is the world’s leading provider of airport management and operations education.

“We offer executive leadership, professional accreditation, subject-matter competency and personalized in-house training courses, with delivery in the classroom as well as a wide range of web-based coursework.”

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.

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ACI World
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