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23 November 2021

ACI World and International Transport Forum agree to enhanced cooperation

Arrangement will bring greater collaboration on important aviation policy topics

Cancun, 23 November 2021 – At the Airports Council International (ACI) Latin America and Caribbean/World Annual General Assembly, Conference, and Exhibition today, ACI World and the International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD have exchanged Letters of Cooperation that will enable increased collaboration between the two organizations.

As the airport industry looks to rebuild and forge the path for sustainable development, this arrangement will allow ACI World and ITF to have a more structured cooperation on policy topics encompassing economics, sustainability, and capacity issues, among other subjects. This collaboration will include:

  • Participation in each other’s events including the ACI World Annual General Assembly (WAGA) and the ITF Summit as well as the ITF Roundtable on Airport Capacity and Competition: Slot Allocation at Congested Airports
  • Participation of ITF in ACI World meetings, committees and events that pertain to economics and environmental protection
  • Contribution by ACI World on aviation reports for ITF, where suitable
  • Cooperation on other initiatives related to promoting the sustainable development of the air transport industry at a global level

“I very much welcome this proposal of greater collaboration between ACI World and ITF, bringing ACI’s global airport industry perspective and knowledge with ITF’s deep understanding of the of the social, environmental and economic role of transport.

“Both organizations have distinct experience and expertise, and by sharing it we can go beyond anything we could achieve alone. I am therefore particularly grateful for this initiative at this opportune time, as we seek to bring the aviation industry back to full health, and at the same time to meet our collective and global responsibilities for a sustainable future,” ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira said.

ITF Secretary-General Young Tae Kim said: “I am delighted that our two organizations are strengthening their relationship with this exchange of letters. Today, we take the longstanding partnership between ACI World and the ITF has to a new level. We will intensify our cooperation on some of the most pressing questions for the aviation sector, notably on how to overcome the devastating impact of the pandemic on air travel in sustainable ways.”


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, customer-centric and environmentally sustainable. As of January 2021, ACI serves 701 members, operating 1933 airports in 183 countries.

2. The International Transport Forum at the OECD is an intergovernmental organisation with 63 member countries. It acts as a think tank for transport policy and organises the Annual Summit of transport ministers. ITF is the only global body that covers all transport modes. The ITF is administratively integrated with the OECD, yet politically autonomous. The ITF organises global dialogue for better transport. We act as a platform for discussion and pre-negotiation of policy issues across all transport modes. We analyse trends, share knowledge and promote exchange among transport decision-makers and civil society. The ITF’s Annual Summit is the world’s largest gathering of transport ministers and the leading global platform for dialogue on transport policy.


Adam Zampini
ACI World  
Telephone: +1 514 373 1254  

Michael Kloth
International Transport Forum
Telephone +33 6 15 95 03 27