ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East’s manager for communications and brand marketing, Yuman Lau, rounds-up the latest news and developments from an exciting final quarter of 2023.
WARM WELCOME TO NEW BOARD MEMBERS
ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East (ACI APAC & MID) has appointed two new members to its Board. The two additions are Carrie Hurihanganui, CEO of Auckland International Airport Limited, New Zealand, and Dr Kijmanawat Kerati, president of the Airports of Thailand Plc.
The term of the two new directors will commence from January 1, 2024, and will end on December 31, 2026, unless re-elected. Hurihanganui’s appointment marks a significant milestone for ACI APAC & MID, contributing to a more inclusive and balanced representation of genders within the board.
ACI APAC & MID now has three women on the board. She joins Lorie Argus, CEO of Australia Pacific Airports, and Sarah Samuel, senior VP-ICM Technologies (an Amadeus company).
SUSTAINABILITY REMAINS A TOP PRIORITY FOR ACI ASIA-PACIFIC & MID
ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East (ACI APAC & MID) reaffirmed its commitment to the sustainable growth and development of the airport industry at the ICAO 58th Conference of Director Generals of Civil Aviation, Asia and Pacific Region, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
ACI APAC & MID called for the promotion of sustainable airport infrastructure; diversity, equity and inclusion of the airport workforce, an outcome-based regulatory regime to facilitate the adoption of innovative technologies in aviation security, integration of advanced air mobility into the air transport system, and restoration as well as the development of air connectivity.
Stefano Baronci, director general of ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East, said: “ACI APAC & MID remains committed to promoting the aviation industry’s sustainability, gender equality, and technological advancements, and calls for continued collaboration with industry stakeholders and regulators to achieve these goals.
“These will be the key pillars for the development of our industry as we emerge from the shadows of COVID-19 pandemic. Strengthening these pillars will go a long way in making our industry more efficient and sustainable besides augmenting the contributions to the global economy.”
The 58th Conference of Director Generals of Civil Aviation for Asia and Pacific Region in Dhaka, Bangladesh, provided a platform for discussions, co-operation, and key initiatives aimed at advancing aviation standards, sustainability and gender equality in the Asia Pacific region.
KEY INSIGHTS ON AIRPORT BUSINESS MODELS
ACI APAC & MID announced the findings of market research about airport concession business models and non-aeronautical revenues at The Trinity Forum 2023 in Hong Kong, organised together with The Moodie Davitt Report and ACI World.
The survey also highlighted the significant adoption of digital and contactless solutions by airports in response to the new operating environment post-COVID. Indeed, it showcased a rapid move towards technological integration for enhanced safety and efficiency.
Furthermore, it identified an overwhelming emphasis on the role of robust data analytics, with sectors focusing on leveraging demographic information, travel patterns, and purchase history for optimised, customer-centric strategies.
AIRPORT SLOT ALLOCATION AND CAPACITY MANAGEMENT
The ACI World Expert Group on Slots (EGS) convened in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in November 2023. This gathering of industry leaders was dedicated to exploring a multitude of crucial topics related to slot allocation.
Among the top priorities was determining the most effective approach for incorporating the latest additions to the Worldwide Airport Slot Guidelines (WASG), ensuring that global aviation operates smoothly and efficiently.
TAOYUAN AIRPORT FORUM 2023
ACI APAC & MID director general, Stefano Baronci, had the privilege to speak about the dynamic advancements in technology, the strides made in green energy development, and the industry’s commitment to sustainability a the recent Taoyuan Airport Forum 2023.
He reiterated our position that everything we do effectively boils down to one fundamental goal: that is the success of an airport cannot be measured only by the efficiency of its operations, but by the smiles it creates amongst its passengers.
AAPA’s 67th ASSEMBLY OF PRESIDENTS
ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East’s director general had the honour of participating in a discussion alongside fellow industry leaders at the AAPA 67th Assembly of Presidents in Singapore, focusing on ‘Restoring Air Connectivity in the Asia Pacific: Easing Hurdles to Aviation Recovery.’
ACI APAC & MID ENGAGES WITH ASEAN ON AIRPORT TECHNOLOGY AND SUSTAINABILITY
ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East presented the advancements in airport technology and commitment to sustainability of the airport industry at the 48th ASEAN Air Transport Working Group meeting (ATWG48) in Singapore in early October 2023.
EU SEA CCCA CORSIA PROJECT
ACI APAC & MID reiterated its position regarding the efforts of airports in decarbonisation and the importance of Sustainable Aviation Fuel at airports at the EU-SEA CCCA CORSIA Project ‘Workshop on Development of SAF Policies and Regulations’.
SECURITY COMMITTEE ADVOCATES FOR ADOPTION OF TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE AIRPORT SECURITY
Adoption of technology that will enhance airport security remained top of the agenda at the 31st ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East Regional Aviation Security Committee (RASC) convened in Bangkok in early November 2023.
Over the two-day meeting, the committee members discussed a host of topics that have been top priorities for airports across the region in recent years.These include the use of artificial intelligence in screening, the adoption of automated technologies at security checkpoints, the challenge of incorporating ever evolving security considerations in airport master planning and the development of new countermeasures for emerging security threats.
ACI APAC & MID ADVOCATES FOR DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED AIR MOBILITY
ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East continues to proactively advocate for the development of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) across the region.
At the K-UAM Confex Conference, which took place in Incheon, Republic of Korea recently, our economics manager, Philip Kwok, made an insightful presentation outlining the advantages of AAM, and how the new mode of transportation could enhance efficiency, promote smarter use of urban infrastructure, facilitate sustainable travel.
FIRST ACI APEX IN SECURITY REVIEW IN VIETNAM
ACI World’s Airport Excellence Program (APEX) in Security review was successfully conducted at Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) between November 27 and December 1, hosted by Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV). It was the first ever APEX review conducted in the country.
AIRPORT EXCELLENCE PROGRAMME IN ENVIRONMENT AT BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Together with the environmental sustainability experts from Istanbul Airport, Queen Alia Airport, Zurich Airport and ACI conducted an APEX in Environment review at Bahrain Airport to assess and manage the environmental impacts associated with the airport.
The goal is to share industry best practices with the airport and ensure that the airport complies with relevant environmental regulations and standards.
AIRPORT DAY FOR PACIFIC ISLAND AIRPORTS
We are proud to announce that our first Airport Day for Pacific Island airports in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands, was a success. We covered topics ranging from environmental sustainability for airports to the critical role of air connectivity in driving economic growth to security related challenges.
The event was officially inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Cook Islands, Mark Brown. His pride in our decision to host this event in Cook Islands was truly heart-warming.
NEW FORCES IN ACI ASIA-PACIFIC & MIDDLE EAST
Member airports have reinforced the ACI APAC & MID office by providing secondments to support our advocacy efforts and programmes across the region.
Ryusuke Uemura from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, and Gidae Shin, from Incheon International Airport Corporation, operator of Incheon International Airport, have joined the ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East team as special project officers, while Abdulaziz Alshammar from Riyadh Airports joins as communications manager and company colleague, Adeeb Mobaraki, joins as an environment manager.
CHRISTCHURCH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – AIRPORT CARBON ACCREDITATION PIONEER
Christchurch Airport and nine European airports are the first in the world to achieve a new level in Airport Carbon Accreditation with Christchurch being the only airport in the Southern Hemisphere.
ACI recently unveiled the new accreditation level, known as Level 5, at the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28).
At a dedicated side-event during COP28, ten world leading airports were presented with their Level 5 certification. The other nine airports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven and Rotterdam-The Hague airports in the Netherlands; Beja, Madeira and Ponta Delgada airports in Portugal; Göteborg Landvetter and Malmö airports in Sweden and Toulon-Hyères airport in France.
Talking about the new top level in the programme, Stefano Baronci, director general of ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East, said: “The Airport Carbon Accreditation is the only tool empowering airports in their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint. Several airports in our region have been consistently improving their accreditation levels, marking great strides in carbon management strategies. Level 5 calls for a greater push towards achieving net zero emissions objectives. This also sets a new standard, motivating airports to adopt extensive measures in their pursuit of achieving net zero emissions.
“Congratulations to Christchurch International Airport, a pioneer of airport sustainability, for being among the first airports in the world to reach level 5 Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.
“This achievement not only marks a significant milestone for Christchurch Airport but also sets a benchmark for the entire airport industry and beyond to do more towards the Net Zero 2050 goal. To support our airport members, ACI APAC & MID will also play its part by assisting airports to develop roadmaps to achieve their net-zero goals”.