ACI Media Releases

ACI’s Airport Excellence (APEX) in Safety Programme Completes its First European Safety Review - Jul 09, 2012

Montreal, 9 July 2012 – ACI is pleased to announce that on 6 July 2012, it completed its first European APEX in Safety review. The safety review took place at Cluj-Napoca International Airport in Romania as a result of an intense collaborative process and high-level coordination between ACI World, ACI Europe, ACI Asia-Pacific, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Headquarters, European and North Atlantic (EUR/NAT) Office of ICAO, Schiphol International Airport and Bangalore International Airport Ltd. We would like to extend a special thank you to Mr. Nicolas Rallo, International Civil Aviation Organization; Ms. Maryse Schermerhorn, Schiphol International Airport; Mr. Rajasundaram Chidambararaman, Bangalore International Airport Ltd; and Mr. David Cicieo, Cluj-Napoca International Airport.

Passenger Traffic Shows Modest Growth at 3% Year Over Year as Air Freight is Flat for May - Jul 06, 2012

Montréal, 05 July 2012 – On a global level, demand for air travel has consistently posted positive year over year growth for every month for the last two years. Much of the growth can be attributed to airports based in emerging markets. In May 2012, the Middle East (+11.5%), Africa (+9.4%), and Asia-Pacific (+7.1%) all posted strong gains in passenger traffic whereas the developed economies of Europe and North America experienced only slight increases of +0.8% and +0.7% respectively. International traffic continues to show the greatest gains in year over year passenger volumes at +4.3%. Worldwide domestic travel markets have experienced slightly weaker growth at +2 percent. In Europe the economic slowdown has affected travel in domestic markets throughout the region with domestic passenger traffic contracting by -1.6% as compared to May 2011.

ACI Optimistic: Biofuel Powered Flights will be the Norm with the Right Government Assistance - Jun 18, 2012

MONTREAL, 18 June 2012 – Today, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) with support from the Air Transport Group (ATAG), launched “Flightpath to a Sustainable Future”.  This Rio+20 initiative is the first ever series of connecting flights powered by sustainable alternative fuels. ICAO Secretary General, Mr. Raymond Benjamin will travel from Montreal to Toronto, Mexico City and São Paulo on flights powered by various blends of sustainable aviation biofuel for Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development  (20 to 22 June 2012). Airline partners include: Porter Airlines, Air Canada, Aeroméxico and GOL. Aircraft partners include: Bombardier, Airbus and Boeing.

ICAO and ACI Collaborate to Enhance Safety Standards at Airports - Jun 15, 2012

MONTRÉAL, 15 June 2012 ─ Today, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Airports Council International (ACI), signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) to provide a framework to jointly pursue the highest possible levels of safety at airports worldwide.

CANSO and ACI Partner on Promoting A-CDM Implementation - Jun 14, 2012

CANSO, representing the world’s Air Navigation Service Providers and ACI, representing the world’s airports, have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to promote the global implementation of Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM).

Passenger traffic on steady growth path at 5% year over year as air freight continues its descent for April - Jun 05, 2012

Montréal, 05 June 2012 – Passenger traffic continues to show resilience in the face of on-going concerns about recessions in many major European economies. Regardless of the slowdown that was triggered by the sovereign debt crises in the Eurozone area, passenger traffic grew by almost 5 percent while international traffic increased by 6 percent for the month of April. While air travel has experienced an expansion in all regions, emerging markets continue to post impressive growth figures. Asia-Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East all experienced year over year growth in the vicinity of 10 percent for April. Major airports in Asia-Pacific such as Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) and Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) posted double digit gains of 18 percent and 13 percent respectively. Relative to the emerging markets of Asia, more modest growth was observed in North America (2.9 percent), Latin America-Caribbean (2.7 percent) and Europe (1.9 percent).

Passenger Traffic Continues to Grow at 6% while Air Freight Declines in March - May 04, 2012

Montréal, 04 May 2012 – Passenger traffic continues to post strong growth numbers with airports worldwide reporting overall year-over-year growth of 6% for the month of March, and for the first quarter of 2012. While double-digit growth was observed in the regions of Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Africa, demand for air travel was significantly depressed in a number of countries in these regions during the same period of 2011 as a result of political and social unrest. Nevertheless, from April 2011 to March 2012, the total volume of passenger traffic has increased by more than 5% for the twelve month period. This is strong indicator of resilience in demand for air transport over short run political and economic shocks.

ACI Holds Awards Ceremony in Singapore for its 2011 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Winners - Apr 22, 2012

Montreal, 24 May 2012 – Today, in Singapore at the 7th ACI Asia Pacific Regional Assembly, Conference & Exhibition, Airports Council International (ACI) and Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on ACI's Airport Excellence (APEX) in Safety programme.

ACI Signs Memorandum of Understanding of APEX in Safety with Airports Authority of India - Apr 22, 2012

Montreal, 24 May 2012 – Today, in Singapore at the 7th ACI Asia Pacific Regional Assembly, Conference & Exhibition, Airports Council International (ACI) and Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on ACI's Airport Excellence (APEX) in Safety programme.

Towards a Global Vision of Sustainable Air Transport - Apr 22, 2012

Montreal, 22 April 2012 - Angela Gittens, Airports Council International Director General, at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Air Transport Symposium, highlighted the need for airports to continue to grow if we are to cater to the needs of present and future generations. ICAO's Air Transport Symposium was held in Montreal from 18 April-20 April.