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APA1 2024 NEWS

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ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East’s manager for communications and brand marketing, Yuman Lau, provides a comprehensive round-up of the latest developments and insights from the airport industry.


ACI REGIONS SIGN GROUNDBREAKING SUSTAINABILITY AGREEMENT

ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East has signed a groundbreaking MoU with ACI EUROPE, marking a significant milestone in our commitment to sustainability.

We believe that the partnership is crucial to our efforts to assist airports in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions in developing comprehensive roadmaps to towards net-zero emissions. Both ACI APAC & MID and ACI EUROPE will collaboratively work within a strategic framework to achieve ambitious sustainability goals.

Endorsed by Airport Carbon Accreditation, a programme owned by ACI EUROPE, ACI APAC & MID will leverage the new initiative to facilitate airports to have their own sustainable roadmap. We are determined to assist airports in the region in their journey towards net-zero emissions, paving the way for a sustainable aviation industry.


ASIA-PACIFIC AND MIDDLE EAST’S BEST AIRPORTS FOR CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

A total of 27 airports from Asia-Pacific and four from the Middle East have received Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards in ACI’s annual customer experience excellence programme.

The ASQ Awards are based on the most reliable global measurement and benchmarking programme for airport customer experience.

Stefano Baronci, director general of ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East, said: “From the East to the West, airports in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Republic of Korea, China, India, Oman, UAE and Jordan have excelled to provide a best-in-class service to their customers.”

You can read more about the winners, and the reaction to their ASQ success on page 28 of this issue.


POTENTIAL RELAXATION OF 100ML LIQUIDS RULE IN HAND LUGGAGE

ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East participated at the 9th Annual Technical and Operational Meeting (ATOM) of the Cooperative Aviation Security Programme – Asia Pacific (CASP-AP) in Vientiane, Laos, in February 2024, hosted by the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) of Laos.

CASP-AP is a regional ICAO programme that aims to provide technical assistance to States in Asia-Pacific to enhance and implement aviation security compliances. Attended by over 50 representatives from various States and industry associations, the two-day meeting discussed various training and capacity building initiatives in aviation security and the priority areas that the CAS-AP should focus on in the coming year.


WELCOME ABOARD, RED SEA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

We are proud to welcome Red Sea International Airport (RSI) to our network of airport members!

Located on the west coast of Saudi Arabia, RSI is a sustainable gateway to The Red Sea, a brand-new luxury and regenerative tourism destination. It is an integral part of the overall visitor experience and promises guests an easy and seamless transfer as they arrive to and depart from their stay.

Digital readers can find out more about RSI at the following link https://lnkd.in/gpCMa7Qc

We are committed to strengthening our members’ ability to better serve their passengers, employees and stakeholders.


ASIA PACIFIC TRAVEL RETAIL ASSOCIATION (APTRA) INDIA CONFERENCE

ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East’s director general, Stefano Baronci, took to the stage at the Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association India Conference 2024 in New Delhi to deliver insights into India’s promising long-term growth trajectory.

Baronci, who addressed delegates on the ‘0 to 285km/h: Charting the extraordinary acceleration of Indian aviation’ panel, also shed light on spending patterns and critical findings from our non-aeronautical survey.

The DG revealed that India is poised to contribute a substantial 9% to the global growth in passenger volume in the long-term, underscoring the country’s key role in the aviation landscape.

Looking ahead, Asia-Pacific and Middle East is poised to make a substantial contribution to the industry, with five countries featuring in the global top 10 markets by passenger share by 2042.

Amidst this exciting propsect, he noted that it is imperative for states to focus on enhancing international air connectivity while tackling pressing challenges such as regulatory constraints, infrastructure limitations, supply side hurdles, high travel costs, and macro-economic outlook.

Drawing from our recent survey on non-aeronautical business, the DG said sense of place, digitisation, and understanding of demographics are the key trends in the concession business.


POSITIVE PASSENGER TRAFFIC AND FINANCIAL TRENDS AMID MACRO-ECONOMIC IMPACT

ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East’s latest Airport Industry Outlook for the region provides a positive trend into the recovery of passenger traffic and airport finances, but macro-economic factors still pose a challenge for the overall recovery of the sector.

The report, developed in partnership with Mott MacDonald, reveals the overall seat capacity in H2 2023 was just 3% below the levels recorded in the same period in 2019.

After a positive beginning to the year 2023, with China fully reopening its borders, the overall traffic in Asia-Pacific rebounded to almost 90% of the pre-pandemic levels, the Middle East stood out, recording a growth of nearly +4% compared to the corresponding months in 2019.

Analysing the trends, ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East’s director general, Stefano Baronci, said: “As reported by the International Monetary Fund, overall, Asia is on track to deliver two-thirds of global growth in 2024 and remains the key engine of economic growth in the world.

“This is reflected in the consistent positive trends in traffic and finances with airports in our region, which in 2024 is expected to reach a market share of almost 40% of the total passenger and cargo traffic at global level.

“From 2024 onwards, we hope that the expression ‘pre-COVID recovery’ with reference to Asia will soon become obsolete in our vocabulary.

“While still navigating macro-economic and geopolitical risks, we remain optimistic about growth prospects in the region, with our estimates suggesting Asia-Pacific to record 3% growth and the Middle East to consolidate its upward trajectory with a growth of 14% over 2019 levels.”


ONE-STOP SECURITY BRIEFING TO HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

One-stop Security (OSS) is a concept of removing security screening and controls at the transfer airport. If implemented effectively and appropriately, OSS will not only enhance airport operational efficiency and passenger experience with a smoother transfer process but also increase overall security standards as resources can be mobilised to other higher-risk areas.


NEW GUIDELINES ON SAFETY OF MAINTENANCE WORKS AND DRONE OPERATIONS

ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East has added two new handbooks to its library of safety guidelines – one on the safety of airfield maintenance works and the second on the safety of the use of unmanned aircraft systems (drones) at the airport.

Both are available for free to ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East members. Please contact the publications department of ACI Asia-Pacific at communications@aci-asiapac.aero for complimentary copies.


REGIONAL ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE MEETS IN BENGALURU, INDIA

The 18th Meeting of ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East Regional Environment Committee was successfully convened in Bengaluru, India, in mid-March 2024. The meeting was attended by over 40 environmental sustainability experts from airports and World Business Partners from Asia-Pacific and the Middle East regions.

The meeting highlights included a keynote speech by Satyaki Raghunath, chief operating officer of Bangalore International Airport Ltd, and a constructive discussion with guest speakers from the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure and the International Solar Alliance on sustainability topics, such as airport climate resilience and airport solar implementation business models, respectively.

The Committee strategised ways to assist smaller airports and Small Island Developing States’ airports based on the results of the surveys. Other issues discussed were future topics for Green Airports Recognition and carbon waste management.

The Committee approved a Climate Change Adaptation Working Group to work on capacity building for airports in the region.

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