Head of communications and events, Jeannie Wong, rounds-up the latest news and developments from ACI Asia-Pacific.
SINGAPORE TO HOST 17TH ACI ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL ASSEMBLY
After a two year hiatus, ACI Asia-Pacific will hold its first in-person gathering since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic on May 18, 2022, when Changi Airport Group hosts the 17th ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly in Singapore.
Although travel restrictions are gradually being relaxed across the region and borders start to reopen, differing national policies and local health protocols ensure that the general uncertainty about international travel remains and rules, of course, are subject to change. As a result, this year’s regional annual gathering has been scaled down to a one-day event for invited members only. Priority is being given to Regular Airport members with voting rights, as well as the Official Representatives of Affiliate, Associate and World Business Partner members.
To make maximum use of the one-day event, the Assembly will have an expanded agenda that includes regional updates and debates on a host of different issues. Members are also expected to confirm the appointment of new directors for the ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Board.
A Leaders’ Forum and panels addressing decarbonisation and non-aeronautical concession agreements and revenue will form part of the expanded agenda.
The Assembly will be preceded by meetings of the ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Board on May 16 and 17, 2022.
ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE REGION
ACI Asia-Pacific continued to fulfil its mandate as voice of the region’s airports in late 2021 and Q1, 2022, hosting and speaking at various virtual meetings and events, representing members and advocating their priorities.
In late 2021, ACI Asia-Pacific’s Regional Environment Committee members and other environmental sustainability experts from the region’s airports convened for a webinar to exchange stories and update each other on their respective long-term carbon goals and activities.
This was one of the many follow-up and ongoing advocacy communications following ACI World and the five ACI regions’ announcement of the Long-Term Carbon Goal (LTCG) for their member airports, as well as the joint declaration in October 2021 with other global air transport industry (airlines, airports, air traffic management, aircraft and engines manufacturers) to pursue the climate goal to Fly Net Zero by 2050.
The webinar was a timely session for the group of airport representatives to convene and share some accomplishments to date, including hearing from Delhi International Airport Limited and Narita International Airport Corporation about their respective journeys toward net zero carbon emissions.
And in February this year, ACI Asia-Pacific was invited to speak at InJourney’s Internal Executive Meeting. Addressing an in-person and virtual audience in Indonesia, our director general, Stefano Baronci, gave an update on the state of the industry. He also shared other insights on aviation and the airport business in Asia-Pacific, and how these could be leveraged by the airports, aviation and tourism sectors in Indonesia.
The collaborative efforts through INJourney, a newly launched initiative, aims to bring the aviation and tourism ecosystems of Indonesia together, including ACI Asia-Pacific’s members Angkasa Pura 2 and Angkasa Pura 1, among other tourism and hospitality stakeholders.
DUBAI AIRPORTS JOINS ROYAL TASKFORCE TO STOP WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING
ACI is committed to developing a framework to fight wildlife trafficking and adopting and encouraging the adoption of a zero-tolerance policy regarding the illegal wildlife trade.
We are happy to see our airport member Dubai Airports demonstrate its dedication to combatting the illegal wildlife trade by signing a declaration at a special event with Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge and founder of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s United for Wildlife, with His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Airports.
“Wildlife trafficking is a global problem that is among the world’s five most lucrative crimes,” said Dubai Airports CEO, Paul Griffiths.
“As the operator of the busiest international airport in the world, Dubai Airports shares in the global responsibility to help stop the illegal trade of wildlife.
“The Duke of Cambridge has long been a champion of the global fight to end the trade of illegal wildlife. With the signing of The Buckingham Palace Declaration, Dubai Airports pledges to join Prince William’s United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce that brings together conservation organisations, governments and global corporations in a collective effort to tackle this issue.
“Dubai is a strategic trade hub connecting all corners of the world. With Dubai Airports, DP World and Dubai Customs all joining this task force, we have the opportunity to play a significant role in the eradication of the illegal wildlife trade.”
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AVIATION SECURITY REMAINS A TOP PRIORITY
Whilst ICAO designated 2021 as the Year of Security Culture, the priority given to aviation security does not stop there. It is an ongoing focus for ACI Asia-Pacific, which continues to represent members’ interests at multiple forums across the globe.
In February, ACI Asia-Pacific was invited to an ‘Aviation Security – Raising Security Awareness’ webinar organised by the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) for the benefit of aviation stakeholders in Japan.
The platform provided an environment of sharing best practices for developing an effective security culture from the perspectives of security regulators, airlines and airports.
Participants included industry partners and institutions such as ICAO and IATA as well as the TSA’s representatives for Japan/ South Korea, Japanese airlines, airport operators, security service providers, security personnel and screeners from Japan.
During the webinar, ACI Asia-Pacific’s manager for security and facilitation, Gary Leung, took the opportunity to emphasise the importance and benefits of developing a strong security culture, as for now, people are still indispensable in aviation and cannot simply be replaced by technology.
In March, he again represented the ACI Asia-Pacific and its members, this time at the 10th Asia Pacific Aviation Security Heads of Regulators (HOR) meeting.
The annual meeting – co-organised by the Singapore Ministry of Transport (MOT) and Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) – provides a platform for security professionals to discuss and share information on key global aviation security developments and emerging challenges.
The meeting also focused on the impact COVID has had on aviation security and the associated challenges in the recovery of air travel. More than 70 participants from State security regulators in the Asia-Pacific region and other industry associations attended the event.
WARM WELCOME TO QINGDAO JIAODONG AND NEW WORLD BUSINESS PARTNERS
Qingdao International Airport Group Co Ltd, operator of Qingdao Jiaodong international Airport (TAO) in China, has become the latest Regular Airport member of ACI Asia-Pacific.
Located about 39 kilometres from the centre of Qingdao in the province of Shandong, TAO officially opened in August 2021 when it replaced Qingdao Liuting International Airport as the city’s main gateway.
China has high hopes for TAO, which is expected to become an international hub for Northeast Asia, handling around 35 million passengers, 500,000 tonnes of cargo and 300,000 aircraft movements per annum by 2025.
TAO’s membership means that ACI Asia-Pacific now has 127 members that between operate 612 airports in 49 countries and territories.
We are also delighted to announce that we have two new World Business Partners – IPP Travel Retail and Mott MacDonald, which join as Regular and Affiliated members respectively.
Based in Vietnam, IPP Travel Retail states that its aim is to conquer the consumer goods and non-aviation services market at airports. Part of the IPP Group, in the last 20 years it has developed a chain of retail stores at Tan Son Nhat, Noi Bai, Da Nang and Phu Quoc international airports in Vietnam offering everything from fashion, F&B and souvenirs to advertising services.
Mott MacDonald is a multi-disciplinary, wholly employee-owned engineering design and professional services consultancy. It is also one of the world’s most experienced aviation consultancies providing aviation advisory and engineering services to governments, civil aviation authorities, airport companies, equity investors and providers of debt finance.