The 2019 AMPAP graduation ceremony was conducted on April 4 and each year, it is a distinct honor and privilege for me, the ACI, ICAO and SITA representatives to have a front-row, personal opportunity to commend and applaud the new AMPAP graduates. It would be remiss not to mention that the overall success of AMPAP would not be possible without the high caliber and professionalism of our instructors and the dedicated support team behind the scenes.

ICAO and ACI, partners for the Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP), established four strategic objectives that continue to withstand since launching the Programme in 2007:

  1. Encourage adherence to uniform standards and awareness of best practices at the world’s airports;
  2. Increase the professional knowledge and capability of airport management personnel worldwide in order to improve the performance of airports in their core missions (safety, security, efficiency, quality, social/environmental responsibility, etc.);
  3. Expand communication among airport executives globally to optimize knowledge sharing; and
  4. Promote the recognition of professional excellence in airport management.

Those of us who are involved in AMPAP consider ourselves fortunate to encounter many prodigious minds. The participants are often already highly motivated people with a curiosity and enthusiasm for aviation and the passion and professionalism among all the players have enabled AMPAP to accomplish some significant milestones throughout the years: the recognition of the AMPAP mandatory courses for elective credits in the MBA Programmes of the Toulouse Business School in France, and Southern Cross University in Australia; welcoming airport executives from more than 350 airports spread in over 110 countries; and surpassing 100 gateway course deliveries in all the regions.

In 2012, passion inspired AMPAP graduates to incorporate their Alumni as a global community of practice. Known as the International Airport Professional Community of Practice (IAP CoP), its elected Board of Directors has a truly global representation and this group has been quietly contributing to the advancement of best practices through “Airport Lab” presentations and white paper publications; promoting AMPAP; and providing input for the AMPAP re-accreditation process that ACI-ICAO initiated at the start of 2019.

The AMPAP team is committed to doing better with ambitious goals, namely, to boost the participation of women beyond the current 25% intake; to make the Programme more universally available to participants from LDCs; for the Programme to become an integral part of the competency building master plans in airport enterprises worldwide.

Montreal, April 18, 2019

Pierre Coutu, A.A.E., Ed.D., FRAes

Programme Executive

Global ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP)