ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi Airports Company’s CEO Bryan Thompson has been appointed to the board of Airports Council International (ACI), the global trade body that represents the world’s airport authorities. The prestigious appointment coincides with the UAE capital hosting the ACI Airports Exchange 2019 exhibition from November 25 to 27.
ACI is a non-profit organisation representing the world’s airports with regional offices in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America-Caribbean and North America. It aims to help airports meet their full economic potential, promotes co-operation across stakeholders, and seeks to influence national and international legislation. Its membership covers 1,960 airports in 176 countries.
The ACI Exchange is the world’s largest event aimed at the aviation industry, with a remit to foster international co-operation and address key issues within the industry. The Abu Dhabi event will welcome more than 1,000 delegates for a broad conference agenda covering sustainability, mobility and technology.
“I’m honoured and delighted to be appointed on the ACI board and look forward to working with other regions to promote the aviation industry’s interests,” Thompson said. “Ultimately, this appointment is a recognition of Abu Dhabi government’s efforts to promote aviation as a key facet of the UAE’s future economy, clearly demonstrated by its investment into the Midfield Terminal Building, which will set the benchmark for airports for the next 20 years.”
Thompson, who was appointed CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports Company in August last year, has more than 25 years’ experience in airport management and operations. Prior to working in the Gulf, he held key executive roles at the Australia Pacific Airports Corporation and Mumbai International Airport, and has sat on several boards for profit and non-profit organisations.
At Airport Exchange, he will holding an opening session on the upcoming Midfield Terminal Building as the ‘Gateway to Abu Dhabi’ as well as sharing his industry insights in a ‘Middle East Airport Leaders Masterclass’.