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13 December 2022

Angela Gittens becomes global ambassador for flagship ACI-ICAO Airport Professional program

Appointment aims to further promote AMPAP as the premier global airport management accreditation

Montreal, 13 December 2022 – Airports Council International (ACI) World, along with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), has today announced the appointment of Ms. Angela Gittens, former Director General of ACI World, as program ambassador for the renowned ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP).

A joint initiative between ACI World and ICAO, AMPAP is the longest running training cooperation between the two global aviation organizations. The Program’s aim is to develop a new generation of airport management professionals through a curriculum covering all functional areas of the airport business. Successful completion of the Program leads to the issuance of the globally recognized International Airport Professional (IAP) designation or AMPAP Associate diploma award.

A prominent leader in airport management excellence

In addition to leading ACI World for 12 years, Ms. Gittens was formerly airport CEO for Miami and Atlanta and Deputy at San Francisco International Airport. Before this, Ms. Gittens led HNTB Corporation’s airport business and strategic planning practice, and at TBI Airport Management, she oversaw the transition to private ownership of London Luton Airport and managed operations contracts at several airports in the US and Canada. She is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and has served on numerous aviation industry boards and committees.

Her appointment as Program Ambassador of AMPAP aims to further promote the Program as the premier global airport management accreditation.

ACI World Director General Mr. Luis Felipe de Oliveira said: “Angela possesses vast experience, is an active member of the airport community, and brings a wide array of knowledge and expertise to her position. AMPAP is adapting to serve the leadership development needs required by airport managers worldwide. It provides the only global ACI-ICAO management accreditation that develops innovative, customer-centric, sustainable, safe, and secure air travel leadership skills. I am confident that Angela will leverage her background to advance AMPAP’s visibility and its objective to support our airport members around the globe and across the aviation ecosystem.”

ICAO Secretary General Mr. Juan Carlos Salazar said: “AMPAP is an excellent example of what ACI and ICAO can accomplish together when they pool their expertise and resources. Angela Gittens’ very distinguished professional reputation and accomplishments on behalf of global airports make her a perfect new AMPAP Ambassador, and I look forward to working with her for the benefit of promoting and developing this important Program supporting and enhancing airport management globally.”

Incoming AMPAP ambassador Ms. Angela Gittens said: “It is an honour and a pleasure to associate with ACI and ICAO in promoting the excellence of airport management and operation through AMPAP, the pre-eminent educational resource for both aspiring and established aviation professionals—a dynamic Program for a dynamic industry.

“I pledge to work with leadership to continue AMPAP’s curriculum development to help practitioners meet the current and emerging challenges they face, for the benefit of the travelling public and the communities aviation serves.”

About ACI World

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 2022, ACI serves 717 members, operating 1950 airports in 185 countries.

Notes for editors

  1. Read more about the ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP)

Media contacts

Adam Zampini
Director, Communications and Marketing, ACI World
Telephone: +1 514 373 1254

Sabrina Guerrieri
Interim Director, Communications, ACI World
Telephone: +1 514 373 1254