ACI EUROPE Activities
In October, ACI EUROPE’s longstanding General Counsel, Gérard Borel steps down after a distinguished career in aviation law and policy.
Through the support of ACI EUROPE’s SESAR Related Deployment Airport Grouping (SDAG), Aeroporti di Roma (ADR), the operator of Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino airports, is participating in EU-funded projects that are deploying SESAR solutions. The aim is to streamline airports operations and, ultimately, offer a better passenger experience. Luc Laveyne sits down with ADR to hear their impressions of the work done so far.
As the second decade of the 21st century draws to a close and as he prepares to move on to pursue new challenges, Robert O’Meara looks back at some of the key moments, significant trends and unforgettable changes that emerged and anticipates what’s coming in the 2020s.
The 29th ACI EUROPE Annual Assembly & Congress, hosted by Hermes Airports, took place in Limassol on 25-27 June 2019. The theme was Transform or die – Airports & the Sustainability challenge. The event attracted more than 350 aviation executives from over 40 countries. Significantly, the event saw the announcement of a NetZero2050 commitment, ACI EUROPE’s new Sustainability Strategy for Airports, and the 15th ACI EUROPE Best Airport Awards.
The issue of climate change had significant political visibility in mid-noughties, until the economic & financial crisis pushed it from the front pages. Nevertheless, airport operators have been engaged in climate action since 2009, notably through Airport Carbon Accreditation, but in the past 5 years, climate change has gone from being about mitigation to the need to urgently address the climate emergency. So, what’s the next step? Written by Robert O’Meara & Marina Bylinsky