Montreal, April 6, 2021 – AMPAP acknowledges SITA for its unwavering support in renewing its Premier Sponsor status.

SITA, the world’s leading IT provider to the air transport industry, recently reaffirmed its unwavering support for AMPAP, despite turbulent economic times. The Global ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP) is a joint initiative of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Airports Council International (ACI).

David Lavorel, CEO SITA AIRPORTS & BORDERS, said: “SITA’s mission includes being an active community partner for key programs such as AMPAP, so we are proud to continue the relationship with ACI, ICAO and ASI. In addition to investing in the next generation of talent to ensure that the aviation industry recovers stronger, the AMPAP program has proven to be an important part of our own employees’ career development. They have gained invaluable knowledge about airports and key stakeholders, as well as making new connections with other participants around the globe.”

ACI World Director General, Luis Felipe de Oliveira commented: “We have appreciated the close support that SITA has provided to AMPAP since the programme was launched in 2007. In this time, the programme has benefitted more than 1,100 participants. This is a testament to the ongoing commitment to support this important programme and for the development of the industry, especially as we confront these unprecedented times and plan for recovery. We are grateful to SITA for this partnership which allows us to enhance the AMPAP experience for the world’s airport management professionals.”

ICAO’s Technical Cooperation Bureau (TCB) Director and AMPAP Team Leader, Mr. Jorge Vargas also noted: “The airport of the future, even after the pandemic is behind us, will face public attitudes and management priorities which will take us far beyond the boundaries of traditional airport management. SITA’s support, for which we are grateful, enables AMPAP to better assist the current and next generation of airport professionals who shall be leading an industry that is rapidly and continuously evolving.”

Dr. Pierre Coutu, the AMPAP Administrator, added: “The world and our industry have experienced immense challenges and fallout over the past 12 months forcing everyone to revisit their business models. SITA’s undisputable support is validation of the value of the executive competency development AMPAP provides through a unique curriculum and we take pride in knowing that airport management professionals located across the globe who have benefitted from the Programme are now key contributors that airport enterprises are already relying on, to build back better.”

The executive development that AMPAP provides covers all the functional areas of the airport business and promotes adherence to uniform industry standards and best recommended practices. It is available only to airport management professionals and industry stakeholders. Graduates receive the ACI-ICAO award of the International Airport Professional (IAP) or AMPAP Associate diploma and designation.

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On Monday, August 24, 2020 AMPAP launched the first ever virtual classroom course delivery of its “gateway” mandatory course, Air Transport System (ATS).

Conducted more than 100 times in 66 cities across the globe face-to-face/in-class up to February 2020 in Kilimanjaro, this milestone course week is being run by AMPAP veterans, led by Mr. Jean-Marc Trottier, AMBA, AVSEC-PM and joined by Dr. Pierre Coutu, A.A.E., Ed.D., FRAeS, (AMPAP Administrator) and Dr. Ruwantissa (Tissa) Abeyratne, DCL, PhD, FRAeS (Aviation Law and Policy) and to mark this AMPAP milestone Dr. Coutu welcomed ICAO’s Chief, Global Aviation Training, Technical Cooperation Bureau, Diego Martinez and ACI’s Kevin Caron, Director, Capacity Building Programmes to address the cohort while other ICAO, ACI and AMPAP Team representatives also joined in.

From the onset the cohort comprising 18 airport and civil aviation management professionals from 11 countries located on 4 continents has been enthusiastically and fully engaged in the course activities and discussions. Since ACI and ICAO launched the Programme in March 2007, AMPAP has reached airport management practitioners in hundreds of airports worldwide.

Montreal, July 31, 2020


Congratulations Nandita Bhatt, IAP+, Airports Authority of India, Airport Director Maharana Pratap Airport, Udaipur, Rajasthan India.

We want to congratulate IAP Nandita Bhatt who was recently promoted to the position of Airport Director at Udaipur. This regional airport welcomed over 1.2 million passengers in 2019 and is a gateway for tourism in Rajasthan.

Nandita kindly provided us with some of her career highlights: “I joined AAI in 1996 as an architect, immediately after finishing my Post Graduation in Landscape Architecture.  Over a decade later I had a breakthrough in my career; I was selected to enrol in the Global ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Program (AMPAP). The modules and learning experience make this a 360-degree program and enabled me to be a more diversified and proficient airport professional.

“After earning my IAP, I had the privilege to continue the learning experience by shifting into training, working as a course developer at Indian Aviation Academy and creating training modules for AAI employees. I subsequently became a qualified Course Developer and Instructor through the ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS Programme.”


“As the saying goes: “TO MOST PEOPLE, THE SKY IS THE LIMIT. TO THOSE WHO LOVE AVIATION, THE SKY IS HOME.” I firmly believe there is truly no other place embodying so much love as an airport.”


Nandita’s achievements bear testament to the joint ACI-ICAO designation award she received in 2014. The Global ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP) has to date welcomed approximately 25% female airport management executives, and counting, with roughly the same proportion who are graduates. AMPAP is available to airport management personnel and candidates must complete the 4 mandatory and 2 elective course curricula to receive the International Airport Professional (IAP) or AMPAP Associate designation and diploma. The AMPAP community is located across the globe in more than one hundred countries.


From the AMPAP Administrator and the instructors’ homes to yours; as the aviation world adapts and changes to weather the current storm, we want to take the time to share our thoughts and best wishes with the #AMPAP & #IAP community. Now more than ever, we are committed to shaping and helping the #aviation leaders of today and tomorrow.

From Jorge Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of AvPorts:

As a person of many interests, I fit the definition of a “jack of all trades and master of none.” My incursion into the airport industry was serendipitous. I come from a family of medical professionals and seamen. However, airports always intrigued me.

Growing up in both Mexico and US, I was always interested in the intersection of business, policy and economic and international development. Airports more than satisfy my intellectual curiosity and professional interest as they sit in the middle of this intersection and are one of the most powerful engines of economic development that exists today. Airports are perpetually dynamic entities and function like mini cities and airport management allows me to oversee many functions with no day being the same.

My initial exposure to aviation was during my tenure at Merrill Lynch’s Investment Banking in London where I covered transportation companies. After the financial crisis, I moved to Houston to join the global airport investor and operator ADC & HAS Airports (today Airports Worldwide), an airport investment and management platform between the Canadian pension OMERS, the pioneering airport P3 company ADC, and Houston Airports (HAS).

The competency development I received during the AMPAP courses have been key to my successful progression in management roles at various companies such as at CCR, a large Brazilian transportation concessionaire, and the Carlyle Airport Group, the successful developer of the new $7 billion Terminal One at JFK Airport.

Today, I am the CEO of AvPORTS, the largest privately-owned airport operator in the US which started as a division of Pan Am World Airways in 1927 and is currently owned by West Street Infrastructure Partners III, a family of infrastructure investment funds managed by the Merchant Banking Division of The Goldman Sachs Group.

In my role as CEO I not only use my AMPAP training to oversee the management of nine airports and over 650 employees, but I also benefit from the AMPAP alumni network to gain additional and diverse perspectives and build long-lasting professional relationships. For example, through the AMPAP network, I met Arturo Garcia (AMPAP 2011), whom I recruited as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of our company.

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