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ACI announces programme for Airport Economics & Finance Conference

Twelfth annual conference returns to Asia Pacific for first time since 2013

Montreal, 23 January 2020 – Airports Council International (ACI) World has today announced the programme for the twelfth annual Airport Economics & Finance Conference & Exhibition.

Jointly organized by ACI Asia-Pacific and ACI Europe, this year the event will be hosted by Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 24 to 26 March. The event will be returning to the Asia-Pacific region for the first time since 2013.

To be held under the theme “Airports at the crossroads”, the programme is designed to allow industry leaders to explore new financing strategies through discussions and collaboration as the industry grapples with the crucial issue of new investment and growth.

In collaboration with the World Bank, the conference will once again kick off with the annual ACI-World Bank Aviation Symposium. The interactive forum will take stock of demographic social and economic trends in air transport, as well as analyse key factors that underpin airport infrastructure financing through the business cycle.“Surging air transport demand threatens to outstrip current and planned airport infrastructure in many regions around the world so developing new strategies for making investment decisions is crucial for the industry,” ACI World Director General Angela Gittens said. “The conference will provide a forum for industry leader and decision makers to discuss how to foster a transparent, stable, and predictable investment climate.

“As airports plan to meet the demands of growth, they will need to explore diverse funding sources and current industry challenges such as efficient management of existing infrastructure, green financing opportunities for airports; Islamic finance; and new business strategies as regulation evolves and digital disruption.”

Key subjects that will be explored during the conference and exhibition include:

  • Privatization as a path to upgrade infrastructure and deliver a better passenger experience
  • Protect or innovate? Opportunities and threats to commercial revenues
  • Building airports for resilience and sustainability – climate bonds and green financing
  • Alternatives to the convention – Islamic finance and infrastructure development
  • The capacity crunch and economic oversight
  • Using market mechanisms when demand exceeds supply

The ACI Annual Airport Economics & Finance Conference & Exhibition will also include a gala dinner hosted by MAHB on 25 March.

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 2020, ACI serves 668 members, operating 1979 airports in 176 countries.
  2. Find more information on the 12th Annual Airport Economics & Finance Conference & Exhibition including detailed programme and registration.

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ACI World
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ACI World
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