Angela Gittens has become the global ambassador for the flagship ACI-ICAO Airport Professional Programme

Airports Council International (ACI) World and ICAO, have announced the appointment of Ms. Angela Gittens, former Director General of ACI World, as the programme ambassador for the renowned ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP)  AMPAP, a joint initiative between ACI World and ICAO, is the longest-running training cooperation between the two global aviation organizations. The aim of the programme is to develop a new generation of airport management professionals through a curriculum that covers all functional areas of the airport business. Successful completion of the Programme leads to the issuance of the globally recognized International Airport Professional (IAP) designation or AMPAP Associate diploma award.

ICAO and ACI World work together to offer the highest quality of training through ICAO’s global network of TRAINAIR PLUS members. By integrating training activities, better services can be provided to ACI members and ICAO Member States that not only improve the competencies of airport professionals worldwide, but contribute towards the continuous improvement and development of the entire aviation ecosystem.

The ICAO-ACI dual recognition process is designed for training organizations that serve as training arms of airports, or have the delivery of airport operations and management training as their primary mandate. Organizations that achieve this dual recognition gain access to a strong framework that enables them to strengthen the organizational development of their staff, and ultimately improve the competencies of airport professionals.


The new Programme Ambassador of AMPAP

In addition to leading ACI World for 12 years, Ms. Gittens was formerly airport CEO for Miami and Atlanta and Deputy at San Francisco International Airport. Before this, she led HNTB Corporation’s airport business and strategic planning practice, and at TBI Airport Management, she oversaw the transition to private ownership of London Luton Airport and managed operations contracts at several airports in the US and Canada. She is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and has served on numerous aviation industry boards and committees. She currently sits as Chair of the board of Schiphol USA.

Her appointment as Programme Ambassador of AMPAP aims to further promote the Programme as the premier global airport management accreditation.

ACI World Director General Mr. Luis Felipe de Oliveira said: “Angela possesses vast experience, is an active member of the airport community, and brings a wide array of knowledge and expertise to her position. AMPAP is adapting to serve the leadership development needs required by airport managers worldwide. It provides the only global ACI-ICAO management accreditation that develops innovative, customer-centric, sustainable, safe, and secure air travel leadership skills. I am confident that Angela will leverage her background to advance AMPAP’s visibility and its objective to support our airport members around the globe and across the aviation ecosystem.”

ICAO Secretary General Mr. Juan Carlos Salazar said: “AMPAP is an excellent example of what ACI and ICAO can accomplish together when they pool their expertise and resources. Angela Gittens’ very distinguished professional reputation and accomplishments on behalf of global airports make her a perfect new AMPAP Ambassador, and I look forward to working with her for the benefit of promoting and developing this important Program supporting and enhancing airport management globally.”

Incoming AMPAP ambassador Ms. Angela Gittens said: “It is an honour and a pleasure to associate with ACI and ICAO in promoting the excellence of airport management and operation through AMPAP, the pre-eminent educational resource for both aspiring and established aviation professionals—a dynamic Program for a dynamic industry.

“I pledge to work with leadership to continue AMPAP’s curriculum development to help practitioners meet the current and emerging challenges they face, for the benefit of the travelling public and the communities aviation serves.”

If your training organization looking to enhance its airport training using the latest technologies and in accordance with airport best practices, the ICAO-ACI dual recognition process is designed for training organizations that are either the training arm of an airport, or have the delivery of airport operations and management training as their primary mandate. Organizations achieving this dual recognition will gain access to a strong framework enabling them to strengthen organizational development of staff, and ultimately improving the competencies of airport professionals. Learn more about the ICAO-ACI dual recognition process, here

To find out more about ICAO-ACI Partnership Training Packages, including airport operations and management courses (and programmes) click here.



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