ACI Media Releases

ACI encourages airports to support Dreams Soar, founder and pilot, Shaesta Waiz's global solo flight - May 15, 2017

Montreal, 15 May 2017 – Airports Council International (ACI) shares the exciting news that the first certified civilian female pilot from Afghanistan, Capt. Shaesta Waiz, took flight on 13 May 2017, beginning her solo flight around the world. As the youngest woman to attempt this journey, her goal is to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and aviation education to the next generation, in particular to girls and young women.

First Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Forum of 2017 dedicated to “Cultivating a customer experience airport community” - May 02, 2017

Montreal, 2 May 2017 – More than 230 delegates from airports, airlines, civil aviation authorities and other stakeholders gathered in Haikou, Hainan, China, for the first ASQ Forum of 2017. The event took place from 2–4 October 2017 and was generously hosted by Haikou Meilan International Airport (HAK). 

Global airport industry hard at work to reduce and eliminate its CO2 emissions - Apr 27, 2017

Brussels, Hong Kong, Casablanca, Washington DC, Panama and Montreal:With international airline emissions soon to be subject to the CORSIA° agreement struck at ICAO last year, the global airport industry today issues a reminder of the progress it has been making in addressing its CO2 emissions, through the independent and voluntary global programme, Airport Carbon Accreditation.

ACI World’s Director General receives the prestigious 2017 Cliff Henderson Trophy - Apr 20, 2017

Montreal, 20 April 2017 – Airports Council International (ACI) World’s Director General, Angela Gittens, has today received the prestigious 2017 National Aeronautic Association’s (NAA) Cliff Henderson Trophy. The accolade was presented by Norman Y. Mineta, Secretary, United States Department of Transportation and Founder, Mineta Transportation Institute, at the April NAA Luncheon in Arlington, Virginia. 

ACI releases preliminary 2016 world airport traffic rankings—Robust gains in passenger traffic at hub airports serving trans-Pacific and East Asian routes - Apr 19, 2017

Montreal, 19 April 2017 – Traffic at the world’s 20 busiest air passenger hubs grew 4.7% in 2016. With over 1.4 billion passengers passing through their airports in 2016, this group of 20 represents 18% of global passenger traffic.  

Moderate gains in passenger traffic in February; accelerated growth in air freight volumes affected by the timing of Chinese New Year - Apr 18, 2017

Montréal, 18 April 2017 – Global passenger traffic increased 3.5% in February which was below the past 12-month growth trend of 5.3%. February year-over-year traffic growth was distorted by the timing of the Chinese New Year that fell in January as opposed to February last year, and the fact that 2016 was also a leap year. The world’s airports reported a rise of 5.7% in international passenger traffic and 1.9% in domestic traffic. Accumulated total passenger traffic growth for January and February was 5.6% year-over-year.

ACI calls for solutions to relieve ban on carriage of large electronic items in the aircraft cabin - Apr 10, 2017

Doha, 10 April 2017 – The recent ban on electronic items in the aircraft cabin by the United States and the United Kingdom for flights coming from selected airports has again highlighted the challenges that the industry faces in the current security climate.

Airports’ bottom line remained stable as the industry continued to weather the storm of economic uncertainty - Mar 21, 2017

London, 21 March 2017 – Airports Council International (ACI) has released the Airport Key Performance Indicators for the 2015 financial year. With comprehensive data coverage from a sample of over 800 commercial airports, the publication provides invaluable insight into areas ranging from financial and employee performance to airport operations and fixed-asset productivity on both the aeronautical and non-aeronautical (commercial) sides of the business. Since airports are complex businesses that operate in unique and evolving physical, financial and regulatory environments, the use of internationally comparable indicators provides quantifiable barometers of industry activity although always must be used cautiously.

Financing future prosperity – airport operators work with governments to incentivize investment in infrastructure - Mar 20, 2017

London, 20 March 2017 – Airports Council International (ACI) has released a new Policy Brief on airport ownership, economic regulation and financial performance, marking the beginning of the ACI-World Bank symposium of the ACI 9th Annual Airport Economics & Finance Conference & Exhibition to be held in London, United Kingdom, from 20–22 March 2017.

Chinese New Year boosted year-over-year airport traffic for the month of January - Mar 17, 2017

Montreal, 17 March 2017 – High traffic growth at the end of 2016 continued into January 2017. Overall passenger traffic in January grew 7.7% compared to the same month last year, boosted by the Chinese New Year. Many airports across China and other parts of Asia experienced a surge in passenger traffic as compared to the previous year, when the Chinese New Year fell during the month of February. While lower fare offerings continued to act as a stimulus, holiday travel in January was also facilitated by the Gregorian New Year falling on the weekend.