A Timeline of ACI
1948: Establishment of the Airport Operators Council (later Airport Operators Council International
AOCI), based in Washington D.C.
1950: Establishment of the Western European Airports Association WEAA, based in Zurich.
1962: Establishment of the International Civil Airports Association ICAA, based in Paris.
1970: Establishment of the Airport Associations Coordinating Council (AACC) to represent
collectively AOCI, ICAA and WEAA with ICAO, IATA and other worldwide aviation organizations.
1971: ICAO grants AACC observer status.
1972: Opening of AACC permanent secretariat in Geneva.
1974: United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN/ECOSOC) grants AACC consultative status.
1985: Dissolution of WEAA. Member airports join ICAA and/or AOCI.
1991: Establishment of the Airports Council International (ACI), integrating AOCI and ICAA
and succeeding AACC.
Structured in six geographical regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America/Caribbean, North
America, and the Pacific, ACI establishes its headquarters in Geneva and regional offices in
Cairo, New Delhi, Brussels, Caracas, Washington D.C., and Honolulu.
1991: Establishment of ACI World Standing Committees. Regional Committees on same subjects
and others also set up.
1991: Appointment of Oris W. Dunham as the Director General of ACI World.
1991: Appointment of Alexander Strahl as Secretary General of ACI World.
1991: Election of George J. Bean (Tampa) as ACI World Chairman.
1992: Election of Lim Hock San (Singapore) as ACI World Chairman.
1992: Election of Jack Moffat (FAC, Australia) as ACI World Chairman.
1992: ICAO announced its intention to liase with ACI on airport issues of environment and
1993: Establishment of the ACI Fund for Developing Nations' Airports, based in Geneva.
1993: ACI and ICAO co-host a Facilitation Area meeting for Asia-Pacific.
1994: Establishment of the ACI World Business Partner programme.
1994: Relocation of ACI Pacific Regional Office from Honolulu to Vancouver.
1994: Opening of the ACI Liaison Office with ICAO in Montreal.
1995: ACI plays an active role in the ICAO AVSEC Panel and ICAO Panel of Experts on Air Navigation
1996: Election of Paul Gaines (Houston) as ACI World Chairman.
1996: Launch of ACI World websitewww.airports.organd Airport World Magazine.
1996: ACI strengthens relationship with WTO.
1997: Appointment of Jonathan Howe as the Director General of ACI World.
1998: Election of Jean Fleury (Paris) as ACI World Chairman.
1999: Greenport 99 - first speciality Airport Environment Conference and Exhibition.
2000: Election of Ghanem Al Hajri (Sharjah) as ACI World Chairman.
2000: ACI plays a major part at the ANSConf 2000 on Economics of Airports and Air Navigation Services.
2001: ACI had 550 members operating 1400 airports in 170 countries.
2001: WBP more than 170 members.
2002: Appointment of Robert J. Aaronson as the Director General of ACI World.
2002: Relocation of ACI Africa Regional Office from Cairo to Tunis.
2004: Election of Niels Boserup (Copenhagen) as ACI World Chairman.
2004: Relocation of ACI LAC Regional Office from Caracas to Merida, and ACI Pacific
Regional offices from Vancouver to Hong Kong.
2006: Transitional merge of ACI Pacific and ACI Asia Regions; centrally managed from Hong Kong.
2007: Election of James Cherry (Montreal) as ACI World Chairman.
2007: Relocation of ACI Africa Regional Office from Tunis to Casablanca.
2008: ACI Asia-Pacific Region officially merged.
2008: Appointment of Angela Gittens as the new Director General of ACI World.
2008: Relocation of ACI World from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 (Ancienne Aerogare) at Geneva International
2009: Relocation of ACI LAC Regional Office from Merida to Sao Paulo.
2010: Election of Max Moore Wilton (Sydney) as ACI World Chairman.
2010: Relocation of ACI LAC from Sao Paulo to Quito.
2010: Relocation of ACI World Headquarters from Geneva to Montreal.