At the 16th Regional Assembly, Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific welcomed three new airport members from Australia, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia and confirmed five new board directors. Airport membership now stands at 120 members operating 606 airports in 49 countries and territories. The new board directors are:
- Nicolas Claude, Airport International Group, Jordan;
- Jerry Dann, Taoyuan International Airport Corporation Ltd., Chinese Taipei;
- Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, Malaysia;
- Quoc Phuong Nguyen, Airports Corporation of Vietnam, Vietnam;
- Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, Delhi International Airport Ltd, India.
“The challenge before the regional board is to drive the strategic direction of ACI Asia-Pacific during the restart and recovery phase while at the same time positioning our industry to resume its growth trajectory,” said Seow Hiang Lee, president of ACI Asia-Pacific and CEO, Changi Airport Group, Singapore. “Each new board director brings a unique background and perspective to this task at hand and we warmly welcome them on board.”
Joining 12 existing ACI Asia-Pacific members in Australia is Albury Airport, located in New South Wales. The regional airport handled 250,000 passengers in 2019 and plays an important role in the facilitation of economic growth, job creation and investment in the region.
In New Zealand, Papa Rererangi i Puketapu Limited, the operator for New Plymouth Airport joined ACI Asia-Pacific. Handling 448,000 passengers in 2019, New Plymouth Airport opened a new terminal building in March 2020 as part of its expansion plans.
Owned by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Dammam Airports Company, operator of King Fahd International Airport in Saudi Arabia, also joined the association. In 2019, the airport served more than 10 million passengers from more than 43 destinations and handled more than 136,000 tonnes of cargo.
“In these ongoing challenging times, it’s important for our airport community to come together and stand together. We are thankful for the opportunity to represent Albury Airport, Papa Rererangi i Puketapu Limited and Damman Airports Company and support their business goals and objectives,” said ACI Asia-Pacific Director General Stefano Baronci.