Airports Council International
Macau International Airport Co. Ltd. (CAM) has joined Airports Council International (ACI) since December 1995. ACI is an international airport organization. As of 1 December 2010, ACI counts 580 members operating over 1650 airports in 179 countries and territories. ACI’s headquarter is set in Montreal, Canada, with five regional divisions in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America / Caribbean and North America.
CAM always supports and participates in ACI’s annual conferences and exhibitions. Besides arranging staff to participate in Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP) organized by ACI and ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization), CAM also actively recommends friendly Mainland airports to join ACI. In May 2008, CAM’s Executive Director Ms. Liu Suning was also elected as a new Board Director of the ACI Asia-Pacific.
Airport Council International (ACI) Asia Pacific Region held its Board Meeting, Regional Assembly, Conference and Exhibition in Singapore from 22nd to 25th May 2012. CAM sent Executive Director Ms. Liu Suning to attend the aforesaid Meetings, Conference and Exhibition in Singapore, and she took this opportunity to discuss in the Board Meeting with other ACI Asia Pacific airports the operational impact of low cost carriers (LCC) on airports.
The theme of this year’s ACI Asia Pacific Conference is “Transforming Airports: Innovations and Opportunities”. Guest speakers pointed out in the Conference that the social and economic development of a city is inevitably connected to the development of the local airport, which links a city to the world. Airports act as platform for economic, tourism and cultural exchanges, therefore constant growth and innovation are needed. Although the aviation industry in the Asia Pacific region is experiencing rapid growth, airports are facing constant pressure of rising operation costs and yet to provide better infrastructure, to secure safe operation, to improve customer services, and to take measures for protecting the environment. In addition, the rapid development of low cost carriers, new technologies, changing demands and passenger structures, etc. bring impacts to the traditional airport operation mode. Therefore, airports need to transform themselves continuously with innovative ideas, so as to cope with the business trend of airlines and stakeholders, to improve operational flow, increase efficiency and enhance passenger experience, and to prepare ahead for future development. CAM and ACI Asia-Pacific co-organized the “2015 ACI Asia-Pacific Small and Emerging Airports Seminar (SEAS)” during 25th to 27th November 2015 in Macau, as one of the activities to mark the 20th anniversary of Macau International Airport (MIA), and aligned with the 10th anniversary of the unification of Asia and Pacific regions of ACI. CAM hoped that the seminar will broaden international perspective, not only facilitating a deeper cooperation between aviation partners throughout the region, but also allowing Macau one step closer towards becoming a World Center of Tourism and Leisure. The SEAS event comprised networking workshop, panel discussion, and case studies analysis; over 100 airport representatives from the Asia Pacific regions attended the 3 days event. In which, ACI invited well-known specialists to deliver speech in fields such as challenges and opportunities of managing airport business, competition and collaboration between airports, how airports engage with airlines decision makers, and etc.; exploring route development opportunities for small and emerging airports through case analysis.
Dr. Deng Jun, Chairman of the Executive Committee of CAM, extended warm welcome to the delegates in the opening remarks, and wished the seminar a great success. He briefed the road to build MIA into a medium to small size airport over the past 20 years. Mrs. Patti Chau, Regional Director of ACI Asia-Pacific expressed appreciation to MIA’s support at her opening welcome speech.
Even though the Aviation industry in Asia Pacific is in faster development, under the circumstance of unstable economic growth of the world, airports have to face the stress of increasing operation cost, at the same time setting target to improve the service standard, for example: improving of infrastructure, enhancing operation safety, energy conservation and environmental protection. The rapid development of budget airlines, change of tourist structure on new technology usage and their request of personalization, have brought certain impact on airports running in the traditional way. Therefore, airports need to change continuously, be innovative, to match the development direction of airlines and operating partners, improve service logistics and efficiency, as to enhance passenger’s experience and fit the need of the industry.