ACI Regional News
Manager for communications and brand marketing, Yuman Lau, rounds-up the latest news and developments from ACI Asia-Pacific.
HUMAN RESOURCE CHALLENGES AND CYBERSECURITY ON AGENDA OF AVIATION SECURITY COMMITTEE
Airport security experts extensively deliberated on the human resources challenges and cybersecurity threats at the 30th ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Aviation Security Committee (RASC) meeting held recently in Osaka, Japan.
Over the course of the two-day meeting – attended by 35 security experts from airports across the region – the committee discussed a number of workforce-related challenges commonly faced by airports in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East and, indeed, the world.
These included the scarcity of security screeners to meet the anticipated increase in passenger volumes; the increased threat of insiders as a result of employee layoffs and furloughs during the pandemic; and the need to further develop a security culture in light of airport personnel turnover.
At the meeting, ACI Asia-Pacific reiterated the importance of OSS to the sustainability of the civil aviation industry, and encouraged States to share challenges and difficulties in implementation at future MID-RASFG meetings.
GUANGZHOU AVIATION HUB HIGH-QUALITY DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE
Our director general, Stefano Baronci, had the honour of making the opening remarks at the Guangzhou Aviation Hub High-Quality Development Conference in Guangzhou, China, in early June.
Emphasising the importance of Chinese airports in improving global air connectivity, commerce, and economic contribution, the DG said that passenger traffic in China is expected to nearly triple in the next two decades, from less than a billion to over 3.5 billion, accounting for more than 20% of global passenger traffic growth. This underlines the significance of China to the global aviation industry.
ACI Asia-Pacific and the China Civil Airports Association (CCAA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen co-operation and promote excellence in airport operations and management.
The MoU will enhance the synergy between ACI Asia-Pacific and CCAA to promote regular exchanges of information and economic data, assessment of airport service quality, customer service best practices and capacity building initiatives through establishing communication mechanisms.
NEW AIRPORT CARBON ACCREDITATION MILESTONE
We are thrilled to celebrate a new milestone for ACI Airport Accreditation (ACA) programme, the independent framework guiding airports on the pathway to more sustainable operations.
More than 500 airports across the world are now certified under the programme, in which 61 airports of ACI Asia-Pacific and the Middle East region have been accredited. Congratulations to all airports who have bee reaffirming their commitment towards achieving sustainability goals.
ONLINE WORKSHOP ON INCREASED AIRFARES AND IMPACT ON AVIATION
Echoing the recent trending topic of increased airfares, we held ‘Flightpath to Fairness’, an online workshop on June 14.
The aim of the initiative was to discover the impact of airlines’ monopolistic practices, supply-demand mismatches, fuel prices, and inflation on airfares, and gain insight into the financial challenges faced by airport operator.
The workshop was a genuinely enriching exchange. The industry’s long-term recovery is jeopardised by rising airfares, which may have a far-reaching impact on the associated industry by lowering demand for air travel and raising the financial strain on an already stressed sector. We thank Flare Aviation Consulting for the collaboration and all participants for contributing to the discussion.
THE TRINITY FORUM 2023
The Trinity Forum 2023, the world’s leading airport commercial revenues event, will be hosted by Hong Kong International Airport on October 25-26, 2023.
Jointly organised by The Moodie Davitt Report, ACI Asia-Pacific and ACI World, the event brings together the world’s airports, brands and concessionaires, alongside their business partners in the travel retail sector for provocative and stimulating conversations. Register by August 15 to take advantage of the early-bird rates.