The global ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP) welcomed 117 new International Airport Professionals (IAPs) into it ranks at a graduation ceremony in Istanbul on June 10, 2013. The graduation was held in conjunction with the ACI World Annual General Assembly. AMPAP, founded six years ago, now counts airport professionals from some 90 nations with 329 airport executives who have earned their IAP designation and another 20 persons who have earned the AMPAP Associate diploma, reserved for ACI and ICAO personnel as well as other managers from the world’s Civil Aviation Authorities and ACI World Business Partners. Beyond the graduates, hundreds of other airport professionals are currently progressing through the AMPAP curriculum.

AMPAP Graduation 2013 in Istanbul

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Honouring the graduates, Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World observed:

“This moment is a beginning, not an end, since we want today to mark the start of lifelong membership in an international network of airport professionals, a community without borders. I hope that all AMPAP graduates will continue to serve as ambassadors for professional education and that their remarkable achievements will encourage other industry colleague to pursue the IAP, the global hallmark of excellence in airport management.”

Following with his remarks, ICAO’s representative at the ceremony, Mohamed Elamiri, Deputy Director, Safety Management & Monitoring, Air Navigation Bureau commented:

“The 117 new International Airport Professionals and 5 AMPAP Associates confirm the great success of AMPAP in serving the aviation community. The programme has come a long way since its inception in 2007 and continues to enhance airport management competencies.  Airport managers worldwide increasingly see the IAP as the benchmark for achievement in professional training.”

A record number of over 50 new graduates travelled to Istanbul to attend the ceremony. Dinesh Kumar, Director, Indian Aviation Academy and the 2013 IAP Class Valedictorian stated:

“The recognition of International Airport Professionals is a testimony to the efforts of ACI and ICAO which have had the vision to create such an aviation management education programme and to the engagement of airport authorities to build capacity in human resources and prepare qualified management personnel to propel the growth of civil aviation and prepare for the forecasted high rate of growth in our industry.”

The IAP community is committed to career-long professional development recently forming a non-profit organization, the IAP Community of Practice (IAP CoP) which aims to be the premier global network where IAPs contribute to the advancement of airport management as a profession through peer-to-peer collaboration for sharing best practices and contributing to their development for the benefit of aviation industry users and stakeholders. In addition, the IAP CoP intends to build a vehicle for life-long professional development and seeks to expand the community’s international network of contacts.

In his closing remarks, the AMPAP Programme Executive, Dr. Pierre Coutu noted:

“The hard work, drive and determination of the IAPs has led us to today’s celebration. Everyone involved in AMPAP knows what it takes to keep the momentum of the wheels turning so I also want to extend my gratitude to the instructors, the AMPAP administrative and support teams, SITA, our premier sponsor, and all the host organizations who contribute to making our engagement in this wonderful programme a privilege for us all. “