During a recent meeting of the Romanian Association of Airports in Bucharest, ECAC’s President, Radu Catalin, expressed his support for the International Airport Professional Community of Practice (IAP CoP).
Mr. Catalin said he appreciated the creation of the IAP CoP to keep IAPs at the top of their game, adding he would publicize the CoP at the European level.
The IAP CoP was launched in September 2012. The IAP CoP is a non-profit organization registered in Canada, founded by a group of International Airport Professionals (IAPs). IAPs are graduates of the internationally acclaimed Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP), jointly offered since 2007 by Airports Council International and the International Civil Aviation Organization. The programme has seen steady growth and now counts some 800 participants from 86 nations, about of 225 of whom have already earned the highly coveted IAP accreditation.
The vision for the IAP CoP is to be the premier global platform in a dedicated web-based space for IAPs to interact. In the CoP, IAPs will advance the practice of airport management through interdisciplinary networking and developing and spreading best practices in airport business for the benefit of airports and their stakeholders. The CoP is a product conceived, designed and refined by the IAP Community; a CoP Leadership Council comprising IAPs from ACI’s five geographic regions has been working for more than a year to create a globally connected platform and put it in operation. The IAP CoP offers members, instructors and other stakeholders a ‘active and live’ space for airport professionals to network, collaborate and share experiences and opinions among world-class experts. The IAP CoP platform provides IAPs a ‘full service’ forum to access industry perspectives and expertise beyond that of their local management team and, like ECAC, to encourage efficiency and harmonisation across international aviation.
Commenting on ECAC’s recognition of the IAP CoP, Dr. Pierre Coutu, AMPAP Programme Executive, noted: “This recognition of the CoP from ECAC is very encouraging. ECAC is an organization with tremendous influence, often serving as a regional precursor of policies and best practices through its links to ICAO, where these policies become standards. The IAP CoP was founded just four months ago, but we are already witnessing its global impact.”