For the first time, the Airport Management Accreditation Programme attended the Airport Cities World Conference & Exhibition held last week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Airport Cities event is the global platform providing thought leadership, best practice, innovation and high-level debate and discussion around the creation and development of airport cities including how they stimulate economic growth and drive commercial benefits, developing both as cities in their own right and as unique business and tourist destinations.

AMPAP Programme Executive Dr. Pierre Coutu, moderated the Stream A Session Two on Wednesday where Tri S. Sunoko, President of Angkasa Pura II, Indonesia, IAP Patrick Ong, CEO Administration of Airports Ltd., IAP Sulaiman Zainul Abidin, Chief Operating Officer of Pioneer Aerodrome Services Co. Ltd., Mr. Caspar Baum Partner, Head of Aviation of Asia E C Harris and Mr. Jeff Pradhan, VP Sales & Marketing of Peregrine presented Case Studies to check in on the Airport City Development projects in the new powerhouse economies and emerging markets in Asia Pacific.

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The 62nd Air Transport System course is wrapping up in Abu Dhabi, UAE graciously hosted by GCAS. The class included 21 participants from Indonesia, Germany, Canada, Ireland, Singapore, Japan, United States, Tunisia and Thailand as well as from SITA  and the Host Organization. The lead instructor was Jean-Marc Trottier, ably assisted by Dr. Kostas Iatrou and Dr. Louis Haeck. 


ATS 62 Abu Dhabi Group, UAE

With the Olympics running, we thought it would be good timing to talk about a speed record.

Herbert Judon, Assistant Aviation Director of Operations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, recently completed his IAP in an astounding five months and four days.  He also became the first IAP in the state of North Carolina.  Herbert began his (short) IAP journey on May 20, 2013 at the ATS in Ft. Lauderdale.  He finished up with the ACF on October 24, 2013.  His time to the IAP eclipses the old mark established by Robert Kennedy, now Aviation Strategies International’s Vice President, Consulting.  Said Paul Behnke, an instructor during Herbert’s ATS:  “When we met Herbert in the ATS, we immediately saw his leadership skills and his commitment to the programme.  We congratulate him on his rapid rise to earn his IAP.”


We want to share some more good news among the AMPAP Community. David I. Ciceo, IAP , currently an IAP CoP Board Member, received on January 29, 2014 a doctoral degree in Management and Industrial Engineering. His thesis was on “Studies and Research Regarding Airport Management in the Context of Air Traffic Liberalization”. The research on which this thesis is based is relevant for regional airports with traffic volumes of less than 5M passengers and offers useful insights on how airport management decision-making can be optimized by using research techniques such as simulation and statistical analyses which had been tested in the case of Cluj-Napoca International Airport. The thesis also opens new avenues for further research. Congratulations David!

David is the Managing Director and President of the Board of Administration, Cluj-Napoca International Airport, he is also a Board Member for the ACI-Europe regional chapter, one of the first  AMPAP Graduates to be nominated as a representative (airports under 10M category) to the Global ACI-ICAO AMPAP Steering Committee from 2010-2012. He also holds two MBA degrees from Open University, Milton Keynes, Great Britain (2003) and from the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University (2006) and has been recognized several times for his significant contribution by winning numerous national awards related to Cluj-Napoca Airport. He has also participated as a guest speaker in numerous national and international conferences.


David Ciceo PHD

Congratulations to Sulaiman Zainul Abidin, IAP on his recent appointment to the position of Chief Operating Officer of Pioneer Aerodrome Services Co., Ltd, the Airport Developer and Operator for Yangon and Naypyitaw Airports of Myanmar, respectively the largest city and the capital of the country.

The first IAP from the island country of Singapore to receive the designation in 2010, Sulaiman formerly served at Singapore Changi Airport [SIN] as an Airport Manager and was instrumental in the successful opening of its Terminal 3 and Budget Terminal. Working with Singapore Airport Terminal Services (SATS) and Singapore Airlines (SIA), he also coordinated the facilitation of the first wide-scale Airbus A380 airport compatibility tests outside of Europe. In 2008, Sulaiman was appointed at King Fahd International Airport [DMM] in Saudi Arabia, to serve as Manager, Performance Standards & Customer Service, contributing to the airport’s ASQ rankings to gain three spots to 4th in the Middle-East region.

As the Founder and Director of Aeroscape, a consulting firm specialized in technical advisory, regulatory compliance and training in the business of aviation, Sulaiman provided assistance in the enhancement of the service quality program at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport [BKK], in the context of the ACI Airport Service Quality (ASQ) initiative for which BKK subsequently saw a marked improvement in its assessment by passengers.

Sulaiman is also currently an IAP Community of Practice elected Board Member. He holds an MBA in Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (2007) and an Aerospace Engineering degree from the University of Michigan (2002). He is concurrently an Instructor for the Global ACI-ICAO AMPAP and an adjunct lecturer for the Diploma of Aviation at Singapore’s Temasek Polytechnic. He occasionally shares his knowledge, personal and professional experiences at local and international conferences, seminars and training courses.


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