At the ACI World and Asia/Pacific assemblies in Seoul May 26-28, 96 IAPs were welcomed in to the Community of AMPAP graduates, bringing to the total number of graduates to some 500 hundred in the seven-year history of the global ACI/ICAO AMPAP Programme. In his opening remarks, AMPAP Administrator Pierre Coutu congratulated the graduates, noting that 45 of them were in attendance, a very high proportion given that many traveled long distances to Seoul for the event. Dr. Coutu briefly outlined the upcoming gateway course schedule and noted that a number of new airport companies were showing interest in hosting the classroom course ‘The Air Transport System”. He specifically singled out Ms. Suning Liu of Macau as being a pioneer in the Asia/Pacific region becoming the first graduate from the region and also the first female graduate in the programme. Since that time, the programme has mushroomed in the Asia/Pacific region. He also remarked that IAPs were increasingly used by the programme as instructors for both the gateway course and the on-line courses. Citing the growing role of the IAP Community of Practice as a portal for continuing professional development for IAPs, he introduced Denise Martinez , an IAP from San Francisco, who was recently elected Chairperson of the IAP Cop Board.
Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World, also congratulated the graduates calling them ‘the next generation of airport leaders’ and noting that the programme had excellent worldwide coverage and had particularly gained traction in the Asia/Pacific region. Speaking for ICAO by video link, Nancy Graham, Director, ICAO Air Navigation Bureau called AMPAP a ‘groundbreaking programme’ and a creative and unique venture supported enthusiastically by both ICAO and ACI. She noted that many senior airport positions opening up had a tag line “IAP-preferred”. She also said that for the first time, an IAP was represented on the ICAO Council in the person of Raphael W. Bokango of Tanzania. In closing, the valedictorian, Tom Ganley of Northern Territory Airports in Australia said that IAPs share a common passion for the industry and that AMPAP provided them with the tools and the confidence and an international network of peers to take their careers to the next level.