Future airports will face public attitudes and management priorities – ICAO, ACI

Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos

As SITA renews support for AMPAP

The airport of the future, even after the pandemic is behind us, will face public attitudes and management priorities that will take us far beyond the boundaries of traditional airport management. SITA’s support, for which we are grateful, enables Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP) to better assist the current and next generation of airport professionals who shall be leading an industry that is rapidly and continuously evolving.

ICAO’s Technical Cooperation Bureau (TCB) Director and AMPAP Team Leader, Mr. Jorge Vargas made the statement while commending the SITA on its support for ICAO and ACI on airport management as contained in a statement issued by Airports Council International (ACI) World.

According to the statement, SITA, the world’s leading IT provider to the air transport industry, recently reaffirmed its unwavering support for AMPAP, despite turbulent economic times.

David Lavorel, CEO SITA Airports & Borders, said: “SITA’s mission includes being an active community partner for key programs such as AMPAP, so we are proud to continue the relationship with ACI, ICAO and ASI.  In addition to investing in the next generation of talent to ensure that the aviation industry recovers stronger, the AMPAP program has proven to be an important part of our own employees’ career development. They have gained invaluable knowledge about airports and key stakeholders, as well as making new connections with other participants around the globe.”

ACI World Director General, Luis Felipe de Oliveira commented: “We have appreciated the close support that SITA has provided to AMPAP since the programme was launched in 2007. In this time, the programme has benefitted more than 1,100 participants. This is a testament to the ongoing commitment to support this important programme and for the development of the industry, especially as we confront these unprecedented times and plan for recovery. We are grateful to SITA for this partnership which allows us to enhance the AMPAP experience for the world’s airport management professionals.”

Dr. Pierre Coutu, the AMPAP Administrator, added: “The world and our industry have experienced immense challenges and fallout over the past 12 months forcing everyone to revisit their business models. SITA’s undisputable support is a validation of the value of the executive competency development AMPAP provides through a unique curriculum and we take pride in knowing that airport management professionals located across the globe who have benefitted from the Programme are now key contributors that airport enterprises are already relying on, to build back better.”

The executive development that AMPAP provides covers all the functional areas of the airport business and promotes adherence to uniform industry standards and best-recommended practices. It is available only to airport management professionals and industry stakeholders. Graduates receive the ACI-ICAO award of the International Airport Professional (IAP) or AMPAP Associate diploma and designation.

AMPAP is a joint initiative of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Airports Council International (ACI).

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