“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire” – Socrates

And participating in the AMPAP certainly lit the fire for me. The experience ignited my commitment to industry excellence and strong desire to grow as a progressive airport leader. While I did explore other executive development programs, AMPAP’s rich curriculum and flexible in-class and online learning options gave me confidence in knowing I was getting high caliber global leadership training.

Centred on peer-to-peer information sharing, the programme is designed for the practical application of airport standards and practices. Throughout the programme, I had the opportunity to work with amazing and talented airport professionals from around the world, many of whom I now consider friends. Moreover, we continue to share best practices and discuss emerging issues and opportunities for our airports and the communities we serve.

With the IAP designation, I am now recognized around the decision making table as a highly informed, focused and effective global airport leader. I’ve encouraged my entire executive team to pursue this accreditation to set the stage for achieving their career aspirations in the airport industry. I also highly recommend this program to current and future airport leaders.


RJ Steenstra MBA, AAE, IAP, ICD.D

President & CEO
Fort McMurray Airport Authority



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.