[April 19, 2016 – Gold Coast, Australia] The 11th ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly, Conference & Exhibition opened today in Gold Coast, Australia hosted by Queensland Airports Limited and organized by ACI Asia-Pacific. Over 600 delegates representing 238 organizations gathered in Gold Coast for the three-day conference to discuss some of the most critical issues, opportunities and challenges facing the aviation industry.
At the official opening today, Queensland Airports Limited and ACI Asia-Pacific warmly welcomed the delegates to the event, followed by a keynote address from Mr. Mike Mrdak, Secretary, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Australian Government. Mr. Mrdak shared with the delegates the history and future directions of Australia’s airport privatization. The opening concluded with a special address from Mr. Arun Mishra, Regional Director of ICAO Asia and Pacific Office, sharing on the subject of “Challenges for sustaining the growth of aviation in Asia Pacific region”.
In welcoming the delegates, Mr. Chris Mills, CEO of Queensland Airports Limited said, “Queensland Airports Limited is delighted to host our industry colleagues on the Gold Coast for the annual Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly. This event provides the opportunity for the aviation industry to come together with the aim of strengthening partnerships and sharing ideas.”
Mr. Dennis Chant, President of ACI Asia-Pacific thanked Queensland Airports Limited and sponsors for their gracious support. “On behalf of the ACI Asia-Pacific Region, I would like to extend my most sincere thanks to the host, Queensland Airports Limited, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Australian Government, ICAO and our sponsors for their tremendous support and hospitality.”
“Much has changed over the years in the airport industry. However, one thing about airport operation has not changed, that is, ensuring a safe and secure airport environment for the travelling public. In this regard, ACI has been working very closely with our partners such as ICAO and IATA. ACI’s industry collaboration does not limit to industry organizations, we also work closely with authorities and national airports associations to continuously strengthen our influence in the region by fostering partnerships and we are pleased to have their support and presence in our conference, both as delegates and speakers,” he concluded.
The conference kicked off yesterday with a new forum, Aviation Talks which gave an opportunity for airports to take center stage and shared on topics including Airport Development & Financing; Commercial Development and Route Development and Tourism and concluded with the Welcome Reception and Exhibition Opening.
Today, discussions will continue on the topics including Leaders Shaping Aviation’s Future, Transforming Passengers’ Experience and Expectations and Preparing and Facilitating for World Events.
The conference will conclude with a full day dedicated as “Technical Day” to explore operational issues around the four core elements namely, safety, security, airport IT and environmental sustainability.
Queensland Airports Limited is a specialist owner and operator of airports in Australia. The Australian owned and operated business owns Gold Coast, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach Airports.
The next ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly will be held in Qatar, Doha, hosted by Hamad International Airport. For further details about the next Assembly, please visit ACI Asia-Pacific website at www.aci-asiapac.aero.
About Airports Council International Asia-Pacific
ACI Asia-Pacific, one of the five regions of the Airports Council International (ACI), is based in Hong Kong and represents 101 members operating 574 airports in 48 countries in Asia-Pacific and the Middle-East.
As the only global trade association of the world’s airports, ACI represents airports’ interests with governments and international organizations, develops standards, policies and recommended practices for airports, and provides information and training opportunities to raise standards around the world. In 2014, ACI Asia-Pacific airports have handled 2.48 billion passengers and 46.3 million tonnes of cargo.
For further information, please contact:
ACI Asia-Pacific Region
Tel: (852) 2989 8006