Sam Samaddar elected Chair of ACI-NA

Kelowna International Airport Director Sam Samaddar assumed the role of Chair of Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), effective January 1, 2022. Samaddar succeeds Lew S. Bleiweis, executive director of the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority. “Our industry’s recovery is underway, but a clear path forward remains elusive as we continue to navigate the […]

ACI World and Duty Free World Council form new training partnership

Airports Council International (ACI) World and the Duty Free World Council (DFWC) this week signed a Memorandum of Under-standing fostering a closer strategic partnership for training of front-line and management staff. The strategic cooperation will include the hosting of DFWC Academy online training courses in ACI’s Online Learning Centre to provide new staff training and […]

ACI World reveals need for trillions in capital expenditure for recovery and long term growth

New Airports Council International (ACI) World forecasts for the global airport sector show that approximately US$2.4 trillion in airport capital investments will be needed to address the long-term trend in passenger demand to 2040. The Global Outlook of Airport Capital Expenditure – Meeting Sustainable Development Goals and Future Air Travel Demand, published on Wednesday, shows that significant […]

ACI reports on the impact of COVID-19 on the airport business: Faltering traffic recovery, deepening revenue shortfall, but strong hopes for a vaccine

Airports Council International (ACI) World has published its fifth COVID-19 economic impact analysis, which reveals the devastating effect on the airport industry and the prospects for recovery. The study developed several scenarios exploring the potential recovery trajectory and, under the baseline scenario, domestic passenger traffic is expected to recover to 2019 levels by 2023 with international […]

The EU looks at benefits of arrivals duty and tax free airport shopping as a key element of recovery plan

Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe) and the European Travel Retail Confederation (ETRC) are calling on the European Union to review current legislation to allow passengers traveling from third countries to buy duty and tax free on arrival in EU airports. An independent report commissioned by ETRC from York Aviation was launched on Wednesday. The […]

Americas: regional airports win ACI Health Accreditation

Boston Logan, Toronto, Miami lead the way in North America Airports in the U.S., Canada and Mexico are leading the rush to obtain ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation, which are designed to promote the harmonization of health measures and facilitate the recovery of aviation, with clear industry standards and good practices. Boston Logan International Airport, operated […]

ASUTIL’s Donagaray promises “We are Walking” as he pledges assistance to LA industry at latest regional webinar

Speakers at the latest monthly webinar hosted by South American Duty Free Association ASUTIL continued to paint a dire picture of the travel industry in Latin America and the impact of COVID-19, with forecasts of air traffic for the full year predicted to be down more than 50%. But ASUTIL Secretary General José Luis Donagaray […]

Aviation industry groups look for alternatives to restrictive quarantines to control spread of COVID-19

Industry organization ACI is calling on governments to replace quarantine measures with robust testing programs to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus through air carriers. Airports Council International (ACI) World is requesting a “robust and consistent protocol for testing,” which the group says should be implemented only when necessary and as an alternative to […]

ACI predicts global airport business could lose half its value and passengers in 2020 as impact of COVID-19 on airport industry escalates

Airports Council International (ACI) World has released updated modeling showing the worsening economic impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the global airport industry. The forecasts now predict prolonged – and more widespread – traffic and revenue losses for airports across all regions. ACI World estimates a loss of more than two billion passengers […]

Moodie & Gittens discuss Survival and Revival at North American Airport Concessions Forum

More than 950 North American airport personnel and concessionaires tuned in on Wednesday to hear two global industry leaders offer insights into the latest developments in the COVID-19 crisis and what the re-emerging airport business models may look like. Speaking at the seventh Call-in Forum for the Airport Concessions Industry, hosted by the Airport Restaurant […]

ACI and IATA jointly call for urgent financial assistance to protect aviation jobs and ops

Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have come together to call for governments to urgently grant financial relief to assist airport operators and airlines during the COVID-19 crisis. The joint statement says that the industry is united with governments around the world in efforts to stop the spread of […]

ACI: Global passenger traffic continues to moderate in 2019; North America best-performing major market

Airports Council International (ACI) World reports that global passenger traffic grew by +2.3% in October, slightly less than the +2.6% rate recorded in September. The figure remained in line with the moderation pattern observed since June, when growth rates for the industry began hovering between +2% and +3%. Year-to-date growth was recorded at +3% with […]

ACI World data: global passenger growth moderated in first half of 2019

Airports Council International (ACI) World reports that global passenger traffic moderated in the first half of 2019 while the air freight industry continued to experience downturn. The global passenger market grew by +3.9%, year-over-year, up from +3.1% in May. Year-to-date growth reached +3.6%, almost one percentage point below its 12-month rolling average. Total freight volumes […]