ACI World's Airport Excellence Program (APEX) provides comprehensive onsite airport reviews led by industry peers and experts to optimize airport operations, regulatory compliance, and aviation standards worldwide. APEX is based on ICAO standards, international regulations, and ACI best practices and offers reviews on three priority areas: security, safety, and environment.

Airports benefit from an assessment tailored to their unique needs and receive expertise, practical recommendations, and targeted solutions that contribute to their long-term capacity and success.

"I would like to express my sincere thanks for the APEX Safety Review completed in Cork Airport. It was a unique opportunity to have a team of industry experts conduct a deep dive review of our airside operations."

Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director, Cork Airport, Ireland

APEX Benefits

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Identify and reduce safety, security, or environmental gaps and vulnerabilities
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Connect with a network of international experts and airport peers
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Establish key performance indicators and measurement tools
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Develop a risk management plan and mitigation strategies
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Increase staff skills and knowledge through ACI courses and programs
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Helps to develop a comprehensive airport action plan
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Maximize regulatory compliance and standards

Read our Program Brochure to learn more about the APEX review process

Host an APEX Review

Optimize your airport’s operations with a robust onsite assessment, practical recommendations, and targeted solutions through APEX’s streamlined review process.

Become an APEX Assessor

Develop your leadership and expertise by joining a network of airport peers who lead APEX airport reviews.

APEX Reviewed Airports

More than 150 airports worldwide benefited from an APEX review.

Reviewed in Safety

Aéroport de Kinshasa/Ndjili (Kinshasa, Congo)

Aéroport de Luano (Lubumbashi, Congo)

Aéroport de Nouakchott (Nouakchott, Mauritania)

Aéroport de Ouagadougou (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso)

Aéroport de Pointe Noire (Ponte Noire, Congo)

Aéroport de Port-Gentil (Port-Gentil, Gabon)

Aéroport Félix Houphouët-Boigny (Abidjan, Ivory Coast)

Aéroport international Cardinal Bernardin Gantin (Cotounou, Benin)

Aéroport International de Bamako-Sénou (Bamako, Mali)

Aéroport International de Brazzaville Maya-Maya (Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo)

Aéroport International de Douala (Douala, Cameroon)

Aéroport International de Tunis Carthage (Tunis, Tunisia)

Aéroport International de Yaoundé-Nsimalen (Yaounde, Cameroon)

Aéroport international Diori Hamani (Niamey, Niger)

Aéroport International Hassan Djamous (N'DJamena Chad)

Aéroport international Hassan Djamous de N'Djamena (N'Djamena, Chad)

Aéroport International Léon-Mba (Libreville. Gabon)

Aéroport International Léopold Sédar Senghor (Dakar, Senegal)

Aéroport International Omar Bongo ONDIMBA (Franceville, Gabon)

Aeroportos de Moçambique, E.P. (Maputo, Mozambique)

Akanu Ibiam International Airport (Enugu, Africa)

Amilcar International Airport (Sal, Cape Verde)

Bangui M'Poko International Airport (Bangui, Central Africa)

Banjul International Airport (Banjul, Gambia)

Blaise Diagne International Airport (Diass, Senegal)

Bouaké Airport (Bouake, Ivory Coast)

Cairo International Airport (Cairo, Egypt)

Conakry Gbessia International Airport (Conakry, Guineé)

Entebbe International Airport (Entebbe, Uganda)

Félix Houphouët Boigny International Airport (Abijan, Ivory Coast)

Freetown International Airport (Freetown, Sierra Leone)

Hosea Kutako International Airport (Windhoek, Namibia)

Kaduna Airport (Kaduna, Nigeria)

Kamuzu International Airport (Lilongwe, Malawi)

Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (Lusaka, Zambia)

Khartoum International Airport (Khartoum, Sudan)

Kigali International Airport (Kigali, Rwanda)

Kotoka International Airport (Accra, Ghana)

Lomé–Tokoin International Airport (Lomé, Togo)

Malabo International Airport (Malabo, Equitorial Guinea)

Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (Kano, Nigeria)

Maputo International Airport (Maputo, Mozambique)

Murtala Muhammed International Airport (Lagos, Nigeria)

Nelson Mandela International Airport (Praia, Cape Verde)

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (Abuja, Nigeria)

Nouadhibou International Airport (Noouadhibou, Mauritanie)

Nouakchott International Airport (Nouakchott, Mauritanie)

Port Harcourt International Aiport (Port Harcourt, Nigeria)

Roberts International Airport (Monrovia, Liberia)

Roland Garros Airport (La Réunion, France)

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (Mahébourg, Plaine Magnien, Mauritius)

Abu Dhabi International Airport (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

Adi Soemarmo International Airport (Surakarta, Indonesia)

Bahrain International Airport (Muharraq, Kingdom of Bahrain)

Bauerfield International Airport (Port Vila, Vanuatu)

Beijing Capital International Airport (Beijing, China)

Chennai International Airport (Chennai, India)

Haikou Meilan International Airport (Haikou, Hainan, China)

Haiku Meilan International Airport (Hainan, China)

Hamad International Airport (Doha, Qatar)

I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport (Denpasar, Indonesia)

Indira Gandhi International Airport (New Delhi, India)

Jenderal Ahamad Yani International Airport (Semarang, Indonesia)

Juanda International Airport (Surabaya, Indonesia)

Kempegowda International Airport (Bangalore, India)

Kualanamu International Airport (Kualanamu, Indonesia)

Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (Guawahati, India)

Mandalay International Airport (Mandalay, Myanmar)

Minangkabu International Airport (Padang, Indonesia)

Muscat International Airport (Muscat, Oman)

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (Kolkata, India)

Paro Airport (Bhutan, South Asia)

Prince Mohammed Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport (Almadinah Almunawara, Saudi Arabia)

Queen Alia International Airport (Amman, Jordan)

Sanya Phoenix International Airport (Sanya, China)

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (Gujarat, India)

Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport (Schenzen, China)

Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (Jakarta, Indonesia)

Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Sepinggan (Balikpapan, Indoensia)

Sultan Hasanuddin Airport (Makassar, Indonesia)

Tribhuvan International Airport (Katmandu, Nepal)

Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (Yangon, Myanmar)

Yangon International Airport (Mingaladon, Yangon Division, Myanmar)

Ankara Esenboğa Airport (Ankara, Turkey)

Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" (Spata, Greece)

Bucharest-Băneasa Aurel Vlaicu International Airport (Bucharest Romania)

Cluj-Napoca International Airport (Cluj, Romania)

Cork Airport (Cork, Ireland)

Dublin Airport (Dublin, Ireland)

Henri Coandă International Airport (Bucharest, Romania)

Rome–Fiumicino International Airport "Leonardo da Vinci" (Fiumicino, Rome)

Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen (Panama City, Panama)

Aeropuerto Internacional Panamá-Pacífico (Arraiján, Panama)

Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix (Oranjstead, Aruba )

Aeropuerto International de Guadalajara (Guadalajara, Mexico)

Curaçao International Airport (Willemstad, Curaçao)

Hewanorra International Airport (Vieux-Fort, Saint-Lucia)

Los Cabos International Airport (Los Cabos, Mexico)

Mariscal Sucre International Airport (Quito, Ecuador)

Ramón Villeda Morales Airport (San Pedro Sula, Honduras)

Sangster International Airport (Montego Bay, Jamaica)

V.C. Bird International Airport (Antigua and Barbuda)

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (Toronto Island, Canada)

Calgary International Airport (Calgary, Canada)

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (Cincinnati, USA)

Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport (Moncton, Canada)

John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (Hamilton, Canada)

John F. Kennedy International Airport (New York, USA)

LaGuardia Airport (LaGuardia, US)

Newark Liberty International Airport (Newark, USA)

Nieuport Aviation terminal Apron at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (Toronto, Canada)

Québec City Jean-Lesage International Airport (Quebec, Canada)

San Antonio International Airport (San Antonio, USA)

San Diego International Airport (San Diego, California, USA)

San Francisco International Airport (San Francisco, California, USA)

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Seattle, Washington, USA)

Toronto Pearson International Airport (Toronto, Canada)

Reviewed in Security

Hosea Kutako International Airport (Windhoek, Namibia)

Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (Zambia, Lusaka)

Monastir Habib Bourguiba (Monastir, Tunisia)

Murtala Muhammed International Airport (Lagos, Nigeria)

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (Abuja, Nigeria)

Nouadhibou International Airport (Noouadhibou, Mauritanie)

Nouakchott International Airport (Nouakchott, Mauritanie)

Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport (Harare, Zimbabwe)

Roland Garros Airport (La Réunion, France)

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (Plaine Magnien, Maurtius)

Tunis-Carthage International Airport (Tunis, Tunisia)

Brisbane International Airport (Brisbane, Australia)

Haikou Meilan International Airport (Hainan, China)

I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport (Denpasar, Indonesia)

Jenderal Ahamad Yani International Airport (Semarang, Indonesia)

Juanda International Airport (Surabaya, Indonesia)

Muscat International Airport (Muscat, Oman)

Port Vila International Airport (Port Vila, Vanuatu)

Queen Alia International Airport (Amman, Jordan)

Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Sepinggan (Balikpapan, Indoensia)

Sultan Hasanuddin Airport (Makassar, Indonesia)

Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (Bologna, Italy)

Cork Airport (Cork, Ireland)

Istanbul Airport (Istanbul, Turkey)

Tirana International Airport (Tirana, Albania)

Guadalajara International Airport (Guadalajara, Mexico)

Sangster International Airport (Montego Bay, Jamaica)

APEX Partners

The success of the APEX Programs would not be possible without the contribution and expertise of over 130 partners.

APEX Regulatory & Funding Partners

APEX Program Partners

Connect with an APEX advisor to learn more about partnership opportunities.

Training Opportunities

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