ACI at ICAO
ACI first established a full-time Director of ICAO Relations in 2005 (Anne McGinley, former Irish Council member) and moved the Headquarters from Geneva to Montreal in the summer of 2011 to get closer physically and politically to ICAO. The relationship has gone from strength to strength and ACI has played important organizational and participatory roles at both the High-level Conference on Aviation Security and 12th Air Navigation Conference in 2012 and at the 6th Air Transport Conference in 2013.
As ACI’s Mission is to advance the case for airports globally, the proximity to ICAO allows all staff the opportunity to be engaged in promoting its objectives. To give but a few examples: in the past few months ACI Senior Staff have held briefing sessions for the ICAO Council Members and Secretariat, the Air Navigation Commission and the ICAO Regional Directors; have attended and participated in the ICAO Council, Air Navigation Commission; and, have been Gold Sponsors of the Air Navigation and Air Transport Conferences, where the ACI Exhibition Booths have always been hives of activity.
The current Director of ICAO Relations is Michael Rossell, former UK Permanent Representative to ICAO and Council member and First Vice President of the Council. He has long advocated closer working between ICAO and industry and jumped at the chance to work to strengthen the relationship between the two organizations. He can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on +1 514 373 1241.
Looking ahead, ICAO will hold its 38th Assembly from 24 September – 4 October 2013 and ACI will present Working Papers on matters of importance to its members. The exact nature of these papers will be agreed at the forthcoming ACI World Annual Generally Assembly in Istanbul when it adopts a series of policy resolutions on subjects as diverse as Airport Collaborative Decision Making, Airport Economics and Aviation Environmental issues.
More information on ICAO can be found at: http://www.icao.int/Pages/default.aspx and on the 38th Assembly specifically at: www.icao.int/Meetings/a38/Pages/default.aspx.
For more information contact:
Director, ICAO Relations