ACI Airport Exchange 2011 opens
ABU DHABI - Abdulla Rashed Al Otaiba, chairman of Department of Transport Abu Dhabi (DoT), and Khalifa Mohammed Al Mazrouei, chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), on Tuesday officially opened Airport Council International (ACI) Airport Exchange 2011 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC).
The event is jointly organised by ACI Europe and ACI Asia-Pacific, and hosted by ADAC, bringing Airport Exchange for the first time to the region.
The exhibition and conference opened with a keynote speech given by Jim Bennett, chief executive of ADAC.
“ADAC is extremely proud to be given this opportunity to play a pivotal role in the exchange of expertise and industry insights by hosting an event of such a multi-faceted nature and international standing. Since its launch in 2006, Airport Exchange has become ACI Europe’s largest airport conference and exhibition, and our close relationship with ACI and active membership in ACI Asia-Pacific demonstrates our commitment to supporting the common objectives of airports across the world,” Bennett said.
This year the jointly-hosted event by ACI Europe and ACI Asia/Pacific has attracted a record number of delegates confirming its reputation as the premier event for the aviation industry, with over 1,000 airport and aviation executives from across the globe coming to Abu Dhabi to discuss key issues and challenges in the industry.
The opening sessions also included speeches from Olivier Jankovec, Director-General of ACI Europe, Patti Chau, Regional Director of ACI Asia-Pacific and Kevin Knight, chief officer of Strategy and Planning of Etihad Airways.