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Oman elected as president of Airports Council International
Shaikh Aymen bin Ahmed al Hosni, CEO of OmanAirports, with ACI's new World Governing Board in Cancun, Mexico on Wednesday.
Shaikh Aymen bin Ahmed al Hosni, CEO of OmanAirports, with ACI's new World Governing Board in Cancun, Mexico on Wednesday.

Cancun: In recognition of the importance of the Sultanate of Oman's civil aviation sector in the world, the 64th annual meeting of the General Assembly of the Airports Council International (ACI), held in Cancun on Wednesday unanimously voted Shaikh Ayman Ahmed Al Hosni, CEO of Oman Airports, as President of the ACI Board for 2022-2024.


Al Hosni succeeded Martin Urenician, CEO of Corporation America Airports. The selection honours Al Hosni's efforts across the boards of directors of the Airports Council International in Asia and Pacific Ocean while he was the vice-president of the Board since 2018. It highlights the great potential of Oman Airports and the tremendous development of Sultanate of Oman's aviation sector after overcoming the direct impacts of Covid-19 pandemic.


Th elevation of Al Hosni as president of the ACI constitutes a new global recognition for Oman. The CEO of Oman Airports served on the Board of Directors of the Asia-Pacific Airports Regional Board in 2016 before being selected shortly in 2016 as a member of the Global Board of Directors of Airports. He became Vice-president of the Board of Directors of the ACI in 2018 in a period considered one of the most difficult times on the world's airports during the Covid-19 pandemic.


In a statement on the occasion, Al Hosni said, "I am pleased and honored to begin my new assignment while our dear country Oman celebrates the 51st National Day. This responsibility comes as an extension of the role of the Sultanate of Oman in supporting the Council through its active membership in the past years. Today, I look forward to working with members of the Council in promoting cooperation between airports, international aviation organizations, and our various partners in finding innovative ways to enhance efficiency in the airports and aviation sector."


Al Hosni thanked the Oman government and Oman Investment Authority for their confidence in him. He said it is a motive to constantly enhance the active presence of Oman’s airports in the ACI and to continue consolidating Oman’s position and great role in the civil aviation sector regionally and globally.


Luis Philippe de Oliveira, General International Director of the Airports Council International ACI, welcomed Al Hosni, President and Candice McGraw as Vice President of the Council.


The ACI was established in 1991 to perform supervisory and coordinating functions in security, energy, safety, technology of aviation. The Council is headquartered in Montreal, Canada, while its regional councils are based in Asia and the Pacific, North, and South America, Africa, and Europe. The Board aims to enhance professional excellence in airport management and operation. It strengthens cooperation between airports, international aviation organizations, and business partners. The council has 701 members and operates more than 1933 airports in 183 countries around the globe. — ONA


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