ACI DNA Seminar

The latest Airports Council International Developing Nations Airport Assistance Programme (ACI DNA) Seminar took place in Auckland, New Zealand from 3-5 December 2014. The ACI DNA Programme’s objective is to support member airports in developing countries as the accelerating growth of aviation worldwide also increases the need for airport excellence in the fields of management, economics, safety, security and operations in developing countries.  A number of ACI DNA seminars have taken place with more scheduled in the future, each focussing on different topics relevant to achieving the required airport excellence.

ACI DNA Auckland was attended by staff from ten Pacific nations and two smaller New Zealand airports. Through a number of interactive presentations and workshops, the main topics explored were Air Service Development and Airport Economics. Airbiz was a sponsor of this event and was invited to discuss three topics with the participants, being:

  • Revenue Growth Strategy – what are the avenues for growth, presented by Iain Munro
  • Master Planning – why and how, presented by Sebastian Hawken
  • Air Service Development – it’s relevance to participant nations and airline needs, presented by Diane Hansen.

A number of other topics were covered by experts in their field. Overall, the seminar presented a great opportunity for delegates from the participating nations to not only share their own experiences and views but also to bring back ideas for implementation at their airports.