Airports Council International (ACI) World has streamlined its resources for small and emerging airports, to foster their continued growth and sustainable development.

The streamlining of resources, which includes certain programmes and services at a lower rate, follows the ACI World Resolution Support and assistance for small, emerging and regional airports, approved at the 32nd World Annual General Assembly. The resolution recognises the positive externalities and financial challenges of small and emerging airports. Furthermore, it calls on governments and industry to support their capital and human resource development plans and facilitate their transition to renewable energy.

Small and emerging airports play a crucial role in the lives of millions of people

Luis Felipe de Oliveira, ACI World

The importance of small and emerging airports

Despite these challenges, ACI World said, the viability of small and emerging airports remains crucial to the development of local and global connectivity, cohesion and territorial equality, social and economic development, as well as the potential for growth of their individual regions—in turn, supporting many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, they are intrinsically linked to the growth of the tourism sector. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, travel and tourism contributed 10.3% to global GDP in 2019.

ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira said: “In many communities, small and emerging airports play a crucial role in the lives of millions of people – as employers, facilitators of tourism and trade, and even as key lifelines that support critical services. They also play an important role in feeding traffic into larger hub airports for onward journeys to other major national and international destinations.
“And as the largest segment of the ACI membership, ACI World is fully committed to ensuring that their needs and expectations are met, both on the global stage and in the development of tools that promote their excellence and sustainable growth.”

The resources also include the long-standing ACI Fund that continues to provide financial support for airports in developing nations for career development and capacity building. In addition to seminars and scholarships, the ACI Fund offers targeted assistance for ACI World safety and security reviews as well as accreditation programmes.

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