There is good reason why both the International Civil Aviation Organization and Airports Council International conduct AMPAP under their aegis and award AMPAP graduates the title International Airport Professional (IAP): the entire AMPAP curriculum – both its face to face and online components – are based on principles, examples and case studies of operational excellence and strategy.  While operational excellence stands for doing what other companies do but doing it exceptionally well, strategy stands for charting a direction with influence.  AMPAP dispels the misconception that the success of a company lies only in strategy and exposes the participant to the value of both operational excellence and strategy, paving the way for upward mobility of the graduate, from management to leadership.

AMPAP shows the participant that core management practices cannot be taken for granted: they help the manager achieve growth and productivity that lead to profitability and longevity and bring to bear the reality that operational excellence is the precursor to strategy.

AMPAP was developed by ICAO and ACI upon the realization that operational excellence is a significant challenge to many airports across the world which were struggling to inculcate in the minds of their management staff the core management practices that were essential for successful airport operations.  Additionally, it was thought necessary to enable managers evaluate how well or badly their airports are run and break away from the optimistic prism through which they perceived their leadership and strategy.

All this in a rich and stimulating environment of curious minds in the airport industry across the world.


Ruwantissa Abeyratne, DCL, PhD, LLM, LLB, FRAeS

Instructor, AMPAP

More good news from a recent graduate! In May 2019, Captain Yadudu was named Managing Director of FAAN, the highest aviation authority in Nigeria. During an official ceremony, he took over the position from Mr. Saleh Dunoma.

Find out more on FAAN’s official press release 

In the past month alone, IAPs Jacqueline Yaft and Jason Terreri were both named to run major U.S. airports.

Those of us who are involved with AMPAP are always gratified to hear such positive news about our graduates. It validates the talents of our participants and affirms the career-enhancing value of the Programme.

Both Yaft and Terreri bring solid credentials to their new positions. Jacqueline was named Executive Director for Aviation at Austin Bergstrom International Airport and she brings over 20 years of aviation experience to the job including senior positions at JFK, Denver International and, more recently, as Deputy Executive Director for Operations at LAX, where she earned high praise for her leadership during a time the airport was conducting a series of major infrastructure projects.

Jason Terreri was selected in April to lead the Syracuse Hancock International Airport as its Executive Director. He was confirmed unanimously by the airport authority board after a nationwide search. Jason has more than 15 years of airport experience, most recently as Senior Operations Project Director for Airports Worldwide, where among other assignments, he was a primary interface with two AWW-run airports in Costa Rica. Previous to that assignment he had been Assistant Director at Horry County airports (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina) and had spent several years as Interim Director of New Business Development at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airports.

Join us in congratulating both on their promotions!

Our latest Air Transport System course was hosted by Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). Course leader Jean-Marc Trottier was joined by Paul Behnke and Diana Stancu-Godet. The class includes participants from Australia, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates and Zambia.

The 2019 AMPAP graduation ceremony was conducted on April 4 and each year, it is a distinct honor and privilege for me, the ACI, ICAO and SITA representatives to have a front-row, personal opportunity to commend and applaud the new AMPAP graduates. It would be remiss not to mention that the overall success of AMPAP would not be possible without the high caliber and professionalism of our instructors and the dedicated support team behind the scenes.

ICAO and ACI, partners for the Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP), established four strategic objectives that continue to withstand since launching the Programme in 2007:

  1. Encourage adherence to uniform standards and awareness of best practices at the world’s airports;
  2. Increase the professional knowledge and capability of airport management personnel worldwide in order to improve the performance of airports in their core missions (safety, security, efficiency, quality, social/environmental responsibility, etc.);
  3. Expand communication among airport executives globally to optimize knowledge sharing; and
  4. Promote the recognition of professional excellence in airport management.

Those of us who are involved in AMPAP consider ourselves fortunate to encounter many prodigious minds. The participants are often already highly motivated people with a curiosity and enthusiasm for aviation and the passion and professionalism among all the players have enabled AMPAP to accomplish some significant milestones throughout the years: the recognition of the AMPAP mandatory courses for elective credits in the MBA Programmes of the Toulouse Business School in France, and Southern Cross University in Australia; welcoming airport executives from more than 350 airports spread in over 110 countries; and surpassing 100 gateway course deliveries in all the regions.

In 2012, passion inspired AMPAP graduates to incorporate their Alumni as a global community of practice. Known as the International Airport Professional Community of Practice (IAP CoP), its elected Board of Directors has a truly global representation and this group has been quietly contributing to the advancement of best practices through “Airport Lab” presentations and white paper publications; promoting AMPAP; and providing input for the AMPAP re-accreditation process that ACI-ICAO initiated at the start of 2019.

The AMPAP team is committed to doing better with ambitious goals, namely, to boost the participation of women beyond the current 25% intake; to make the Programme more universally available to participants from LDCs; for the Programme to become an integral part of the competency building master plans in airport enterprises worldwide.

Montreal, April 18, 2019

Pierre Coutu, A.A.E., Ed.D., FRAes

Programme Executive

Global ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP)