The ACI-ICAO Partnership

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)Airports Council International (ACI)The Global ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP) is a strategic initiative born from a partnership between ACI and ICAO, launched in March 2007. In recognizing the challenges and complexity that constitute airport management, AMPAP seeks to develop a new generation of airport leaders in all functional areas of the airport business, promote the adherence to the highest professional standards and effective sharing of best managerial practices—all in a cross-cultural, highly interactive learning environment.

AMPAP is universally available to airport executives. Successful completion provides its candidates with the opportunity to broaden their career horizons as they earn the ACI-ICAO International Airport Professional (IAP) designation. The IAP designation has quickly earned a reputation as a hallmark of excellence among the global airport professional community. AMPAP participants are spread across all continents, currently in over 100 countries.

Ms. Angela GittensMs. Angela Gittens
Director General
Airports Council International

“Developing professionalism in airport management is a core priority for ACI. The Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP), jointly launched and directed by ACI and ICAO, is a best-of-class programme for committed airport managers. In today’s increasingly complex and global airport business, AMPAP offers a unique international context to expand their skills and broaden their horizons. At the same time, successful candidates will acquire an international support network of key professional contacts that will serve them throughout their careers.”


Dr. Fang Liu
Secretary General
International Civil Aviation Organization

“ICAO recognizes airports as significant generators of economic activities, which have direct and multiplier impacts. Effective airport development and management should embrace the Global ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP) as a strategic initiative to address the challenges and complexities that airports face throughout the world. As the entire UN system now embarks on an ambitious project to realize 17 new Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, our Organization’s efforts under the No Country Left Behind initiative to supporting the development and modernization of airports and other civil aviation infrastructure, and to fostering the development of technical and managerial competencies for skilled airport professionals, across all ICAO Strategic Objectives, including aviation Safety, Security and Facilitation, Air Navigation Capacity and Efficiency, Economic Development and Environment Protection, contribute to the realization of these Goals.”


Dr. Pierre CoutuDr. Pierre Coutu
AMPAP Program Executive
President, Aviation Strategies International

“A programme for airport management professionals of this calibre and nature has long been due. The concept was discussed many times in as many years but it needed strong institutional support to come to life and now it has, thanks to the visionary leadership of ACI and ICAO. Having been directly involved in this fascinating industry as an executive, consultant, and educator, I see this as the opportunity for us to make tremendous strides in the field. We owe it to ourselves and to the people we serve.”


Kevin Caron
Mr. Kevin Caron
AMPAP-ACI Team Leader

(Mr. Caron was appointed the AMPAP-ACI Team Leader in 2011 taking over the reins from Mr. Paul Behnke who had presided in the role since AMPAP’s inception in 2007.)

“I feel privileged to be appointed the AMPAP ACI Team Leader, following Paul Behnke who passionately served in this role since the beginning of the programme. I have served in the airport industry for almost two decades and having worked both for an airport authority as well as an international aviation organization, throughout these years I remain impressed with how the airport industry continues to adapt and evolve in leading and managing complex global challenges.

AMPAP is an excellent example of the cooperation that I see on a daily basis between ACI staff and its airport members. The best benefit for AMPAP participants and graduates is a lifelong network tied in with a knowledge base and global best practices imparted via the classroom and online courses, its unique community of airport professionals, its instructors, ICAO and ACI who all share a common goal of increasing excellence in the airport industry.”

Mr. Meshesha Belayneh
AMPAP-ICAO Team Leader

(Mr. Belayneh was appointed the AMPAP-ICAO Team leader in 2016 taking over the reins from Capt. Hoummady who had presided in the role from 2010-2016. Previous to this, Dr. Ruwantissa Abeyratne had presided in the role since AMPAP’s inception in 2007 until 2010.)

“As Chief of the ICAO Global Aviation Training Office and throughout my extensive career in the aviation industry, I know the importance of providing targeted assistance in training and human resources capacity-building. AMPAP offers such specialized training by providing today and tomorrow’s airport leaders worldwide with an executive-level curriculum that leads to a joint ICAO-ACI accreditation. This ground-breaking initiative has come a long way since its inception in 2007 and continues to enhance airport management competencies.”