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ACI Asia-Pacific Grows With New Airport And Associate Members


[July 12, 2021 – Hong Kong SAR]
Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific has added
three airports from the Maldives, New Zealand and Vietnam to
its membership. The association’s membership now stands at
122 members operating 609 airports in 49 countries/ areas.
The China-based Air Transport Institute joins as an
associate member.

“Our association’s advocacy work
and portfolio of safety, security, health, and environment
programmes and extensive repository of content and guidance
material hold wide appeal to airports and organizations
across the region who are ramping up for post-pandemic
sustainable growth,” said Stefano Baronci, Director
General, ACI Asia-Pacific. “We warmly welcome our new
airport and associate members to the ACI Asia-Pacific
family.”

New member Addu International Airport (Pvt)
Ltd, established in 2012, is the operator for Gan
International Airport in the Maldives. The one-runway
airport serves as the second international gateway to the
Maldives and served 175,000 domestic, regional and
international passengers in 2019. The airport started out as
a Royal Air Force (United Kingdom) base in the
1940s.

In New Zealand, Waikato Regional Airport
Limited (WRAL), operator of Hamilton Airport, has become ACI
Asia-Pacific’s eight member in New Zealand. Hamilton Airport
started scheduled domestic services in the 1950s and today
offers services to Christchurch, Nelson, Palmerston North
and Wellington. The airport served 380,000 passengers in
2019.

Situated near the popular tourist destination of
Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, Van Don International Airport is the
first private airport in the country which officially opened
for operations in December 2018. The airport has seven
aircraft parking stands, four jet bridges, four baggage
carousels, eight security gates and 31 check-in counters.
The runway, 3600 meters long by 45 meters wide, is certified
for Cat II Instrument Landing System operations. In 2019,
the airport handled 260,000 passengers, mainly domestic, and
has an annual handling capacity of 2,5 million passengers
and 10,000 tons of cargo.

The Institute of Air
Transport, a unit of the China Academy of Civil Aviation
Science and Technology, has joined as an Associate member.
Its broad remit includes market research and analysis for
the civil and general aviation industry and offering
training programmes. The Associate membership, which now
stands at nine members in eight countries/ areas, is open to
non-commercial organizations, including national or regional
airport associations, governmental or non-governmental
organisation and academic
institutions.

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