Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific welcomed three new airport members and five new directors on its board at its 16th regional assembly last 31 March. Air hubs from Australia, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia have joined the trade association, whose membership now stands at 120, operating 606 airports in 49 countries and territories.
The new directors joining ACI’s regional board include Nicolas Claude, Airport International Group, Jordan; Jerry Dann, Taoyuan International Airport Corporation Ltd.; Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salled, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad; Quoc Phuong Nguyen, Airports Corporation of Vietnam; and Videh Kumar Jaipuriar of Delhi International Airport Ltd.
Mr. Seow Hiang Lee, president of ACI Asia-Pacific and CEO at Changi Airport Group, commented on the new appointments: “The challenge before the Regional Board is to drive the strategic direction of ACI Asia-Pacific during the restart and recovery phase while at the same time positioning our industry to resume its growth trajectory. Each new Board Director brings a unique background and perspective to this task at hand and we warmly welcome them on board.”
Joining ACI Asia-Pacific, along with the 12 existing members in Australia, is Albury Airport (ABX), located in New South Wales. The regional airport handled 250,000 passengers in 2019 and plays an important role in the facilitation of economic growth, job creation and investment in the region.
Other airport operators welcomed to the association are New Zealand’s Papa Rererangi i Puketapu Limited, operator of New Plymouth Airport (NPL), and Dammam Airports Company, owned by the General Authority of Civil Aviation and operator of King Fahd International Airport (DMM) in Saudi Arabia, which handled more than 136,000 tonnes of cargo in 2019.
“In these ongoing challenging times, it’s important for our airport community to come together and stand together,” commented ACI Asia-Pacific director general Stefano Baronci. “We are thankful for the opportunity to represent Albury Airport, Papa Rererangi i Puketapu Limited and Damman Airports Company and support their business goals and objectives,” he added.