North and South American airport leaders examine the importance of concession partnerships

In one of the critical information sessions held during the Summit of the Americas in April, two influential regional aviation leaders shared their insights on the dynamics and changing developments facing airports across North America, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean.Kevin Burke, President and CEO of Airports Council International – North America, and […]

ACI forecasts global passenger traffic to reach 92% of 2019 levels this year

Airports Council International (ACI) World latest quarterly airport traffic outlook (released on Feb. 22, 2023 shows an upsurge in air travel demand across many markets amidst heightened macro-economic risks. The quarterly update is released in tandem with the annual ACI World Airport Traffic Forecasts, revealing expected air traffic to 2041. 2022 and short-term outlook One of […]

ACI: retail concessions suffered steepest financial drop during first year of the pandemic

Airports Council International (ACI) World this week launched its Airport Economics Report and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for 2020, providing the first in-depth global breakdown of airports’ financial activities during the first year of the pandemic. Although all non-aeronautical sources declined in 2020 compared with 2019, those directly affected by passenger volume suffered the most, […]

ARRA invites airports and concessionaires to examine industry impact “Two Years In”

The Airport Restaurant and Retail Association (ARRA) has been taking a hard look at the impact of the pandemic on the aviation business, most recently hosting member forums entitled “Two Years In.” In April, ARRA examined the Airport Perspective, and this week, it approached the topic from the Concessionaire experience. The sessions were hosted and […]

MIA ranked as America’s busiest international airport

Miami International Airport became the busiest U.S. gateway for international passengers while retaining its position as the busiest for international freight in 2021, according to preliminary 2021 airport rankings published in April by Airports Council International (ACI). MIA welcomed more than 13 million international passengers in 2021, moving it from 2nd place in 2020 to the top ranking […]

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 […]