Jost Lammers, CEO of Munich Airport (MUC) is re-elected president of the Airport Council International (ACI). Lammers has led the umbrella organisation of European airports in this position since July 2019 and will continue to represent the interests of over 500 airports in 45 European countries for another year.
“There has never been a more challenging time for the airport industry,” he says. “And precisely because of this, the role played by ACI EUROPE has never been more important. As the one single voice of Europe’s airports, it has worked strenuously since the start of the pandemic to both support its Members and business partners in a time of crisis, and chart a path towards a recovery despite the uncertain road ahead.”
The Assembly meeting also reconfirmed Javier Marín, airports managing director of Aena for a second term, and elected newly to the Board the following members:
- Armando Brunini, CEO, SEA Milano;
- Marco Troncone, CEO, Aeroporti di Roma;
- Marius Gelžinis, CEO, Lithuanian Airports;
- Vaclav Rehor, CEO, Prague Airport;
- Nicolas Notebaert, president and CEO of VINCI Concessions and president of VINCI Airports.
The Assembly also approved the extension of the geographical scope of ACI EUROPE to include the following countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The extension will become effective as of 1 January 2021.
Olivier Jankovec, director general of ACI EUROPE says: “We are delighted to welcome the airports of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan into the ACI EUROPE sphere. It’s a clear signal of the future direction of our industry, and of air connectivity, that our footprint is not defined by increasingly outdated notions of regional limits. The airport industry of tomorrow will emerge from our ‘Great Reset’ with new priorities and business models. These new additions to the ACI EUROPE membership are testament to this”.
In his keynote speech at the annual congress of the ACI Europe in Brussels, Lammers voiced what the association sees as key issues that political decision-makers in the EU need to address. According to Lammers, crucial decisions must now be taken for the aviation industry to recover as soon as possible.
Provided that appropriate international agreements are in place, existing travel restrictions and quarantine regulations could be replaced by increased use of rapid antigen tests.”Such tests effectively reduce transmission risks and could pave the way for a continuous regeneration of international air traffic,” Lammers says.
Lammers has headed Munich Airport since January 2020. He is chairman of the Board of Management and also holds the office of labour director.