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.


Sulaiman 2

AIG-Jordan hosted the ATS in an eventful week marked by two days of heavy snowfall. Pictured in the front-row centre is Kjeld Binger, CEO of AIG. The class included 17 participants from 5 airport companies in Jordan, Oman, Thailand and India. the lead instructor was Paul Behnke, ably assisted by Dr. Kostas Iatrou and Dr. Ruwantissa Abeyratne.


60th ATS Course. Amman, Jordan

The 59th AMPAP gateway course, the Air Transport System, was hosted this week by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, operator of the Jacksonville International Airport. The class included 12 participants from airports in Accra (Ghana), Vancouver, Montreal, Atlanta, San Francisco as well as from the host airport and SITA.

Course leader Robert Kennedy was joined by instructor Paul Behnke and aviation legal expert Louis Haeck.



59th AMPAP Gateway Course Held in Jacksonville-Jacksonville International Airport
From left to right: Paul Behnke (ASI) –front, John Quacoe Amedior (Ghana) – Back, Mike Nakornkhet (SFO), Cynthia Avakian , SFO), Jason Terreri (ATL), Louis Haeck (ASI), Rolf Riechmann (JAX), Brett Patterson (YVR) – Back, Patrick, Gendreau (YUL), Greg Hegarty (DEN) – Back, David Jones (JAX), Deven Judd (ATL) – Front, Paul Gerrety (JAX) – Back, Alan Burgess (SITA) – Middle, Robert Kennedy (ASI) – Back, Steve Grossman (JAX – CEO)