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Aviation Industry Pulsates at Istanbul and Hosted by TAV Airports

Representatives of Airports Council International (ACI) which manages more than 96% of the global passenger traffic met at Airport Exchange 2010 held in Istanbul. Hosted by TAV Airports, Airport Exchange 2010 has started with a glorious opening ceremony held in Istanbul Lutfi Kirdar Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Airports Council International (ACI) which is regarded as the major common platform for the representatives of global aviation sector gathered in Istanbul at Airport Exchange 2010 hosted by TAV Airports. The General Manager of the General Directorate of State Airports Authority (DHMI) Orhan Birdal, TAV Airports Chief Executive Officer M. Sani Şener, ACI Europe General Director Olivier Jankovec, ACI Europe Chairman Ad Rutten and 225 airport representatives across the globe and other authorities were amongst the guests at the opening ceremony.

DHMİ General Manager said; “I hope that the ACI Conference will open us new horizons and we will increase our awareness by sharing our experiences and developments in aviation sector. Due to the global economical crisis in 2009, many countries have experienced a forceful decrease in their air traffic. Air traffic in Turkey on the other hand, has increased by 5.4% with 1,066,553 movements. The rate of increase has reached to 15% by the end of August 2010”.

TAV CEO and ACI Europe Board Member M. Sani Şener said; “ACI is the voice of the world’s airports.  It handles more than 5 billion passengers and 77 million flights with its 575 members from 179 countries. ACI offers an excellent platform for dialogue within the industry, and as TAV we are very proud to be an active member of this dynamic and successful international organization. Despite the global economical and financial crisis of the last two years, Turkey demonstrated that it has a potential of becoming a rapid growing market in the world. Sharing experiences and information is key to our success as an industry. As airports, we all face similar opportunities and challenges, and it is in our collective interest to collaborate together in order to find solutions to many challenges we face as well as capitalizing on new opportunities that await us. Here we are having this collaboration…”

ACI Europe Chairman Ad Rutten remarked; “Collaboration, sustainability and innovation are of the essence for our future – and many of the issues that will be dealt with over the next two days revolve around these concepts. This is what AIRPORT EXCHANGE is about. The fact that so many airports, business partners and industry stakeholders have chosen to come to Istanbul comforts us in the relevance of AIRPORT EXCHANGE.”  

ACI Europe General Director Olivier Jankovec expressed: “Although air traffic across our continent is in recovery mode since the beginning of the year, 2009 was indeed a devastating year for European airports. Collectively, we lost close to 100 million passengers and saw freight tumbling by more than 13%. This was really unprecedented. But while most of our members were losing traffic, airports in Turkey were booming, posting an 8% increase in passengers for the full year. By directly operating and developing Istanbul Ataturk, Ankara, Izmir and Antalya Gazipasa Airports, our host – TAV Airports- has been instrumental in facilitating the growth of the Turkish aviation market. It is also clear that in doing so, TAV has been making a very significant contribution to the economic development of Turkey.”

Within the context of Airport Exchange 2010, the industrial authorities will participate into five leading industry conferences; “Airport Operations”, “Airport Development and Environmental”, “Economic & Market Regulation”, “Security Summit”, “IT, Facilitation & Customer Service”. Besides conferences, 32 international organizations will take part in the fair section with their stands. Airport sector executives will hold their ACI Committee Meetings in Istanbul, during this organization.

Organized by the cooperation of ACI Europe and ACI Asia- Pacific, Airport Exchange 2010 will continue till 6th October with the participation of 800 executives from aviation industry. International Airports Council ACI representatives who are following up problems of the sector in detail and contributing to the formation of civil aviation rules came together at Barcelona prior to Istanbul, the meeting point of Europe and Asia, during Airport Exchange 2009. This year, with the participation of nearly 1.000 executives from England to Germany, from Kenya to Australia, Canada and U.S.A., in meetings where over 100 speakers will take place, all problems and developments regarding aviation sector will be determining the agenda of aviation.

TAV Airports Co., hosting Airport Exchange 2010, is the leading airport operator with its 48 percent market share, according to State Airport Administration’s 2009 report. TAV is operating Istanbul Atatürk, Ankara Esenboğa Domestic and International flights Terminals, İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport International flights Terminal and Antalya Gazipaşa Airports in Turkey. In international scale, Georgia’s Tbilisi and Batumi, Tunisia’s Monastir and Enfidha, Macedonia’s Skopje and Ohrid International Terminals are being operated by TAV. TAV Airports also operate in other fields of airport operations like duty-free, food and beverages services, ground services, IT, security and management services. TAV and its affiliated companies annually provide services for approximately 375,000 flights of 300 airline companies and 42 million passengers.

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