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Vivian Fung rounds up the latest news from across Asia-Pacific in what has been a busy start to 2018 for the region.

Changi Airport Group’s CEO, Lee Seow Hiang, has agreed to step up from first vice president, and assume the role of ACI Asia-Pacific’s president for the remainder of Kerrie Mather’s term, following her decision to retire as managing director and CEO of Sydney Airport, earlier this year.

Mather, who has served on ACI Asia-Pacific’s Regional Board since September 2011 and was elected president in April 2016 for a term of two years, meaning that her permanent successor will be appointed at the upcoming Regional Assembly, Conference & Exhibition in Narita, Japan.

Before leaving, the popular Mather noted that she had thoroughly enjoyed her time as president of ACI’s biggest, and arguably most dynamic region.

“It has been my honour and privilege to serve as president of the ACI Asia-Pacific Region,” she enthused.

“Airports play such an important role in driving our economies and creating jobs, through the growth in tourism and travel, and the significant investment in aviation infrastructure to support that growth and enhance the customer experience.

“I feel enormous pride in our collective achievements and share your passion for our dynamic industry.

“It’s been a privilege to work collaboratively with you all to further our strategic goals for mutual benefit. I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks to our members for their trust and support over the years.”

ACI Asia-Pacific’s regional director, Patti Chau, says: “On behalf of the Regional Board and ACI, I wish to thank Kerrie for her guidance, wisdom and strategic vision in leading ACI Asia-Pacific.

“We wish her the very best in her future endeavours. Together with the Board, we look forward to working closely with our incoming president, Mr Lee, in developing ACI Asia-Pacific to advance the collective interests of our members.”

The ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Board is a governing body which determines the overall development strategy of ACI Asia-Pacific region. The Board is composed of 25 aviation business leaders across the Asia-Pacific region. 


Chinese airports prove perfect hosts for 2017 WBP Airport Tour

The sixth annual ACI Asia-Pacific World Business Partners (WBP) Airport Tour turned the spotlight on China with 12 delegates from seven companies visiting three airports in Southern China – Guangzhou Baiyun, Hong Kong and Shenzhen Bao’an – in three days.

Each day of the tour consisted of a meeting in the morning and an airport site visit in the afternoon.

During the meetings, the host airport was invited to deliver a presentation on their organisation and development plans followed by presentations from the WBP on their services and capabilities.

Day one was spent in Hong Kong where the group was welcomed by Airport Authority Hong Kong’s general manager for airport and industry collaboration, Henry Ma, who told everyone more about Hong Kong International Airport and its Third Runway Development Project (3RS).

The huge project includes a new passenger terminal, automatic people mover system (APM), baggage handling system (BHS) and the expansion of Terminal 2.

In the afternoon, the group had the chance to visit the Midfield Concourse and the Integrated Airport Centre.

Day two was spent at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport. Shenzhen Airport Holding Company’s deputy secretary, Hsu Yan, met the group who then learnt about the gateway’s expansion plans from representatives of the Aviation Business Department and the Airport Development Project Command Post.

On the airport’s agenda are plans for a third runway and a new satellite concourse to ensure that Shenzhen Bao’an is better equipped for future growth. The group was taken for a guided tour of the terminal facilities in the afternoon.

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport was the final destination. The group was welcomed by Xie Bing Xin, chief economist of Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport Co Ltd, and representatives of various departments provided briefings on the airport’s development projects.

These include the currently under construction Terminal 2, the planned T3 and fourth and fifth runways by 2025.

The group later had the opportunity to see some new terminal facilities and visited the T2 construction site.

ACI Asia-Pacific would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all three host airports for their warm hospitality.


Young Executive of the Year

We are pleased to announce that Andrew Warrender of Northern Territory Airports Pty Ltd is the new ACI Asia-Pacific Young Executive of the Year for 2018.

He succeeds last year’s winner, Surabhi Rana, who is pictured above being congratulated by ACI World director general, Angela Gittens, at ACI Asia-Pacific’s 2016 Regional Assembly in Doha.

A total of nine submissions were received this year and the papers were reviewed by a panel of judges chaired by Emmanuel Menanteau, Co-CEO of Kansai Airports and secretary treasurer of ACI Asia-Pacific.

They concluded that Warrender’s submission demonstrated a substantial amount of research and provided thoughtful recommendations on an airport’s response to the trend of e-commerce.

ACI Asia-Pacific’s regional director, Patti Chau, said: “I would like to congratulate Andrew Warrender for his outstanding work on how airport commercial offerings can maintain competitiveness in the era of e-commerce. “His research also discussed case studies across different industries, which can serve as valuable references to the dynamic field of airport business.”

Honorable mentions were also given to Kyoji Fukuda of Narita International Airport and Manish Agnihothri of GMR Hyderabad International Airport.

The panel described their submissions as very comprehensive, noting that they shared unique insights on the topic.

The award presentation ceremony will be held on April 24, 2018, at the ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly in Narita, Japan. 


Aerodrome Certification Compliance and Auditing DNA Seminar

The ACI Developing Nations Airport Assistance Programme (ACI-DNA) organised a training seminar in co-operation with the ICAO in Nadi, Fiji, in January.

The event, the ACI-ICAO ‘Aerodrome Certification Compliance and Auditing’ DNA Seminar was organised with the support of the host, Airports Fiji Limited. Twenty-one participants representing airports and civil aviation authorities from the South Pacific Islands, including the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu attended.

The five day seminar was conducted by ACI Instructors, Owen Ryan and Natrajan Chandra Sekhar, and gave participants the opportunity to discuss topics such as Safety Management Systems; Aerodrome Physical Characteristics; Emergency Planning; and Wildlife Hazard Management.

As part of the programme, participants were also given the opportunity to apply the different auditing tools and techniques they learnt in class during a visit to Nadi International Airport.On the last day, the participants made group presentations to share their analysis on audit findings and recommendations for follow-up actions.

For further information about ACI DNA, please visit the website at http://www.aci.aero/Services/NA-Assistance-Programme. 


Region’s Airports recognised for their green schemes for waste management

We are pleased to announce the results of the ACI Asia-Pacific Green Airports Recognition 2018 scheme, which recognises airports’ outstanding achievements in their environmental projects.

After much deliberation of the 19 entries, the panel of judges concluded that recognition will be awarded to the following airports:

Over 35 million passengers per annum:

• Platinum – Hong Kong    International Airport

• Gold – Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport 

• Silver – Indira Gandhi International Airport

Between 15 to 35 million passengers per annum:

• Platinum – Auckland Airport

• Gold – Abu Dhabi International Airport

• Silver – Kansai International Airport

Less than 15 million passengers per annum:

• Platinum – Adelaide Airport

• Gold – Rajiv Gandhi International Airport

• Silver – Christchurch International Airport

“I am pleased to see more participating airports this year and more airports being recognised. Congratulations to all of them,” enthused ACI Asia-Pacific’s regional director, Patti Chau.

“The submissions will be a great contribution to the Green Airports Recognition 2018 publication, which shares best practices. In addition, it will be considered for the ICAO Eco Airport Toolkit for waste management at airports.”

The international panel of judges included Christopher Paling, a senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Centre for Aviation, Transport and the Environment (CATE); Christopher Surgenor, editor/publisher of GreenAir Online; Juliana Scavuzzi, ACI World’s aviation environmental specialist;  Dr Panagiotis Karamanos, an aviation environmental consultant; and Patti Chau, ACI Asia-Pacific’s regional director.

Paling noted: “It is interesting to see what airports in this region are doing. There are a lot of excellent projects as the submissions show.”

The awards presentation ceremony will take place on April 24, 2018, at ACI Asia-Pacific’s Regional Assembly in Narita, Japan.

The Green Airports Recognition was established by ACI Asia-Pacific with the support of the ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Environment Committee.

Its objective is to promote environmental best practices to minimise aviation’s impact on the environment and to recognise ACI Asia-Pacific airport members who have outstanding accomplishments in their environmental projects.


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