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ACI ASIA-PACIFIC

A fond farewell: highlights as a secondee with ACI Asia-Pacific By Kyoji Fukuda, Executive Assistant, ACI Asia-Pacific After a 23-month memorable stint under the ACI Asia-Pacific Secondment Programme, the time has now come to leave Hong Kong and return to Narita International Airport Corporation (NAA). Due to ACI’s high recognition in the industry, I had the honor of getting involved in wide range of projects and events—far beyond what I had initially imagined. I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of my memorable experiences at ACI Asia-Pacific. My very first assignment in the office was to conduct a pilot survey on the safety culture of regional airport members. The abundance of positive feedback received, eventually led to a much larger project in the following year as a joint effort between the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines, Arab Air Carriers Organization and ACI. This second survey was equally successful; 650 airline and airport employees from 46 States participated. It was rewarding to witness the project’s growth and to contribute at an industry-wide level through the presentation of the survey-findings at ACI and ICAO meetings.

Indeed one of the privileges of working at ACI has been the ability to initiate collaboration at an industry-wide level. Another notable collaborative project that I was involved in was the ACI Asia-Pacific Environmental Survey, initiated by the Regional Environment Committee. This year, we successfully attracted 39 airport participants, representing nearly 30% of airport traffic. Our effort in compiling an extensive survey report, stretching over 10 core environmental aspects in roughly 100 questions enabled participants to reference the experience of other airports and encourages mutual learning. On top of the above-mentioned projects, there were countless of other opportunities to work with industry colleagues. The biggest highlight was when I was tasked with organizing the regional HR Seminar in October 2015 in Tokyo, together with NAA— the host and my home airport. I felt most rewarded when we successfully managed to bring about a networking platform and received highly positive feedback and praise on our joint effort by the guests who came from various cultural backgrounds. Taking this opportunity, I would like to give my sincerest thanks to all ACI AsiaPacific staff who gave me vast opportunities and support within an international work environment. After returning to NAA and serving the interest of my home airport, I intend to continue being a contributing member in the industry and to share my experience and knowledge when opportunities arise.

Kyoji Fukuda, Executive Assistant, ACI AsiaPacific (second from left) forging invaluable friendships with the ACI Asia-Pacific staff. 48

JULY 2016

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