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Before the establishment of ACI in January 1991, the world's airports were represented on the international scene by the Airport Associations Coordinating Council (AACC), which had been created in 1970 by combining three existing international airport associations: the Airport Operators Council International (AOCI); the International Civil Airports Association (ICAA); and the Western European Airports Association (WEAA). Prior to the formation of the AACC, the three associations had collaborated on an informal ad hoc basis and had presented the interests of their memberships to other international organizations separately.


With the passage of time, however, the growing importance of external factors on airport operation created the need for a formal relationship with governments, airlines, manufacturers and other parties concerned. This led to the establishment of AACC, with a view to formulating unified airport industry policies, furthering collaboration between its constituent associations, and representing them collectively with worldwide aviation organizations and other relevant bodies.


When the WEAA was dissolved in 1985, AACC became a bipartite body. The decision to create ACI, which incorporated AOCI and ICAA and succeeded AACC, was taken in 1989. The Constitution of ACI was approved by AOCI and ICAA memberships in the autumn of 1990 and came into effect on 1 January 1991.



Major Milestones


Airport Operators Council International (AOCI) and International Civil Airports Association (ICAA) merged to form Airports Council International (ACI), headquartered in Geneva and comprised six regional offices.


Relocation of ACI Pacific Office from Vancouver to Hong Kong


Commencement of merging talks of Asia and Pacific regions


1st ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, Hong Kong

2006, May

Merging of the two regions


2nd ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Conference in Seoul

2007, August

Introduction of Airport Service Coordinator Program to enhance communication with airport members

2007, September

1st HR Best Practice Seminar held in Jeju, Korea

2007, October

Inauguration of the Regional Aviation Security Committee


1st Steering Committee Meeting of ICAO CASPCA held in Hong Kong


Safety Seminar held in Hong Kong

2007 November

1st ACI Asia-Pacific magazine published


3rd ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Conference in Cairns

2008, May

Inauguration of the Regional Operational Safety Committee

2008, June

Inauguration of the Regional HR Committee


4th ACI World and Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, Kuala Lumpur

2009, January

Launch of ACI Asia-Pacific Young Executive Awards to recognize outstanding airport talents

2009, January

Launch of Small Airports Program Financial Assistance for Training


Regionalization of the WBP program


5th ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Conference in Sanya, China


Security Forum held in Kuala Lumpur


6th ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Conference in New Delhi, India

2011, June

Inauguration of Small Airports Network


1st Airport Tour for World Business Partners


Launch of the Green Airports Recognition Award to recognize airports’ with outstanding achievements in environmental projects

2011, November

Launch of Airport Carbon Accreditation in Asia-Pacific


7th ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Conference in Singapore


8th ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Conference in Phuket, Thailand

2013, April

Inauguration of Regional Environment Committee

2013, July

Launch of HR Excellence Recognition for airports with outstanding achievements in HR management


9th ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Conference in Seoul


10th ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Conference in Dead Sea, Jordan

10th anniversary of the Unification of Asia and Pacific Regions