Airport Council International (ACI) World has been awarded the Best International Organization of the Year Award at the 2019 Air Transport Awards, held in partnership with the Hermes Air Transport Organization. The inaugural accolade celebrates the valuable contributions of ACI to the aviation sector at large.
“We strive to contribute to the industry and to the communities touched by the economic and social benefits of aviation,” ACI World director general Angela Gittens said. “I am pleased that this award recognizes our efforts as an organization that continues to make valuable contributions to the air transportation industry.”
Dr Kostas Iatrou, director general at Hermes Air Transport Organization and president of the Air Transport Awards, congratulated ACI for its achievement: “The Air Transport Awards have become an important event in the industry thanks to the commitment of the organizations and individuals of the aviation sector. It is important to recognize and honor the best of the best and to celebrate their leadership. I congratulate ACI for their dedication to airports and to the aviation industry worldwide.”
During the event Gittens spoke on the importance of training and recruitment in the aviation sector at the Hermes AGM & Leaders Forum, dedicated this year to Education and Performance in Aviation.
“According to the latest ACI World Airport Traffic Forecasts global passenger traffic is expected to double to 16.97 billion by 2034,” Gittens said. “This is based on a projected growth rate of 4.3% per annum and to 20.9 billion passengers by 2040, based on a 4.1% compounded annual growth rate.
“Meeting future growth also requires investing in a skilled, committed and diverse talent pool. I’m proud to report that ACI Global Training is the world’s leading provider of airport management and operations education. We offer executive leadership, professional accreditation, subject-matter competency and personalized in-house training courses, with delivery in the classroom as well as a wide range of web-based coursework.”