Share the airport’s perspective at international global forums

During the month of May, I had the opportunity to travel to almost all regions of the world: from Latin America to the Middle East, including Asia-Pacific, Europe and America of the North, to support the restart of the industry and meet our needs and aspirations on a global scale. forums. The upsurge in in-person events, the continued easing of COVID-19 travel restrictions and the return of the buzz of terminals full of passengers are widespread signs of an industry in recovery. It’s both a great pleasure and a great responsibility to speak at international events and share the airport’s perspective, and so do our subject matter experts. This requires us, as representatives of ACI World, to both listen to and inform airports and the aviation community about the latest trends, insights and emerging topics to stay abreast of changes and together shape our collective future.

Brazil Airport Day and ACI LAC Sao Paulo Regional Council Meeting

At the beginning of May, I was able to meet our colleagues from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and participate in the very first Airport Day Brazil event. Hosted by Guarulhos Airport, the one-day conference was well attended by key representatives from the Brazilian airport, global business partners and government authorities such as the Brazilian Secretary of Civil Aviation. Led by ACI LAC Board Chair, Ezequiel Barrenechea, the Latin America and Caribbean Board meeting followed and had a very positive agenda. Congratulations to the Director General of ACI LAC and his team for organizing these very successful meetings.

Future Aviation Summit

From May 9-11, I traveled to the beautiful city of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for the Aviation Summit. The inaugural event served as a global platform for the aviation sector to connect and collectively establish a clear vision for how the industry can accelerate growth and business recovery, promote sustainability and improve the passenger experience. I was interviewed by Richard Attias, President of RA&A and CEO of the FII Institute, where we discussed several hot topics, with a focus on the long-term resilience of the aviation ecosystem. There are many commonalities on industry recovery and resilience, and we look forward to working constructively with Saudi Arabia and the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) to promote pro-business policies. airports at the highest levels of government.

Changi Aviation Summit

We had the honor of participating in the first Changi Aviation Summit, jointly organized by the Ministry of Transport of Singapore and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore. Alongside Singapore’s Transport Minister and Trade Relations Minister S Iswaran, ICAO Council President Salvatore Sciacchitano and IATA Director General, I had the pleasure of delivering a keynote address the need to imagine both the future of aviation and actively build it. We know where we want to be and we all need to work together to get there, but the road has yet to be defined. In addressing sustainability and climate change, inclusivity and workforce challenges, I highlighted the need to turn commitment into action for the benefit of travelers and the communities we all serve.

All of these and more were discussed at the conference and are important in accelerating the recovery of aviation. As COVID-19 travel restrictions ease and air travel increases, we must also continue to prioritize interoperable solutions for proof of health and leverage technologies that support health and passenger safety and operational processes. It will also help us to be better prepared for any potential future health events. On this front, the ACI Airport Health Accreditation program has been an optimal tool for airports to benchmark against international standards and reassure passengers returning from air travel.

17e ACI APAC Regional Assembly

I was delighted to attend the ACI Asia-Pacific (APAC) Assembly in Singapore and meet in person with colleagues and friends from the region. The ACI APAC Managing Director and his team did a great job in organizing an amazing event, with very interesting topics and the election of new regional council members. I would like to congratulate Emmanuel Menanteau on his appointment as Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Board of Directors and member of the ICA Executive Committee effective June 1, and to thank Seow Hiang Lee for his leadership during the past four years, especially the past two which have been far from easy for everyone. I am pleased to note that Mr. Lee will continue to serve on the Asia-Pacific Board as Past Chair and continue as a member of the Global Board until the end of 2023.

ITF Summit 2022

From Singapore, I traveled to Leipzig, Germany, for the International Transport Forum (ITF) which had the theme “Transport for Inclusive Societies”. I was delighted to participate in a panel for better collaboration where I talked about seizing opportunities on many fronts.

The opportunity to collaborate to make airports and air transport accessible to people with disabilities; breaking down barriers and building a skilled and inclusive workforce to support the transition of this vital sector; to kick-start the scaling up of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) – a key pillar for air transport to achieve its climate action goals; and, making airports a community hub for the benefit of citizens.

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Airports, supported by ACI, are doing their part in many of these areas – by seeking partnerships, implementing trials, integrating sustainability into their business strategies and sharing best practices for the benefit of the community. airport as a whole, among others. Overall, these efforts are heading in the right direction, but to truly accelerate these goals, we will need this key ingredient of bold collaboration and action.

Our sincere thanks to Dr Young Tae KIM of the ITF and his team for the excellent work and hospitality during the #ITF2022 Summit. Congratulations also to Dr Kim on his re-election for a second term as Secretary-General. We look forward to continuing our collaboration and mutual support to foster sustainable and inclusive transportation for all.

Guest Editor of the International Airport Review Special Edition

Speaking of collaboration, I am also pleased to announce that I will be a guest editor for the next edition of International Airport Review (IAR). I curated the theme and content of this edition with an eye to that future, where travelers are welcomed into a sustainable aeronautical ecosystem. Although we have all been heavily impacted by the pandemic, the aviation industry is emerging more united and with a clear understanding that we need to support each other to fully recover and thrive. To meet future air traffic demand, maintain a long-term recovery, and maximize aviation’s contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, all aviation stakeholders need to work together in a collaborative aviation ecosystem. . After all, a thriving air transport system is the sum of its healthy parts.

The production of this issue was a team effort, made possible by the contributions of our subject matter experts, as well as communications specialists. Additionally, this edition features articles from other ACI member airports and colleagues across the aviation value chain.

Some of the key elements of this edition will be the subject of ACI’s advocacy efforts at the next meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) 41st Assembly this fall. I will lead the ACI delegation and ACI will present several discussion papers covering various topics such as workforce, inclusiveness, sustainability and modernizing global policy frameworks, among others. However, all working papers will be centered around the common theme of #All4One serving the entire aviation ecosystem and we invite you to follow our activities closely this fall.

Ultimately, we all work for the benefit of the end user, the customer and the communities surrounding airports, who reap the social and economic benefits of aviation. Let’s continue to build a sustainable aviation ecosystem for all.

Harry L. Blanchard