QUOTES FROM ACI’s REGIONAL HEADS
ACI Sound Bites "There are no words to describe how thoughtless, irresponsible and damaging this industrial action is. What these Belgian air traffic controllers are doing is unconsciously adding a wound to an already serious injury. We are calling on the Belgian government to immediately pursue all available options to ensure that air traffic control services are restored as quickly as possible.” Olivier Jankovec, Director General, ACI EUROPE reacting to the Belgocontrol wildcat strike which disrupted operations at Brussels Airport just 10 days after its reopening from the terrorist attacks of 22 March.
With regard to the recent events in Brussels and in Sharm El Sheikh, aviation security has recently become one of the largest aviation industry challenges in Africa and the world at large. Only international cooperation through the implementation of standards and recommendations can prevent this threat. It is in the context of improving airport security that ACI Africa and ACI World have launched the APEX in Security programme. The first airport to have benefited from this programme is Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport in Mauritius. ACI Africa encourages all its members to join this programme in order to benefit from the experience of international experts and the exchange best practices during reviews. Ali Tounsi, Secretary General, ACI Africa
“The terrorist attack to Brussels Airport has strengthened our solidarity with the people of Belgium. It has also generated a lesson that landside security will not be increased without a risk based assessment approach. Other security measures will only burden the passenger experience at the airport.” Javier Martinez, Director General, ACI Latin America-Caribbean
“Modernizing America’s aviation network is about what happens in the sky and on the ground. While more needs to be done to modernize our air traffic navigation system, we can’t forget that every trip through the skies starts and ends in an airport. But with more than $75 billion in annual capital needs through 2019, airports across the country are finding it increasingly difficult to undertake new projects, maintain existing facilities and spur much needed competition amongst the airlines. Modernizing the locally set Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) user fee as part of FAA reauthorization would be an excellent step." Kevin Burke, President and CEO, ACI-NA and Ed Rendell, Co-Chair Gov., Building America’s Future in a joint op-ed for The Hill on the need to modernize U.S. airports as part of FAA reauthorization, 18 April 2016.
“Five years ago, the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme was extended to the Asia-Pacific region. Since then, we have embarked on the journey with our members towards carbon neutrality. This year marks the 5th anniversary of the introduction of the certification programme. Today, we proudly welcome 31 Asia-Pacific airports to the programme, representing almost 26% of AsiaPacific traffic. I encourage our members to join the 155 airports worldwide in order to demonstrate a collaborative dedication to sustainable growth and airport carbon accreditation.” Patti Chau, Regional Director, ACI Asia-Pacific 6
ACI World Report - May 2016