ACI World and Routes partner to provide guidance for airports post-COVID-19
The partnership will support the world’s airports in planning for summer 2021, ensuring that they continue to provide the economic and social benefits to the communities that they serve.
An exclusive partnership designed to help airports recover from the most challenging period that the aviation industry has ever faced has been signed by Routes and Airports Council International (ACI) World.
The formal agreement between the two organisations will provide platforms and guidance for airports at a global level, recognising the vital role that they will play in driving economic recovery in a post-pandemic era.
The coming together of Routes, the organiser of the world’s leading route development forums, and ACI World, the association that advances the interests and acts as the collective voice for the world’s airports, demonstrates that the recovery of the aviation industry will have its foundation in collaboration.
ACI World estimates that the airport industry will suffer a 60 per cent reduction in revenues in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, amounting to a decline of more than $100 billion. The complex challenge presented by the pandemic has, therefore, forced airports and airlines to be reactive, meaning that planning for summer 2021 – what will be the industry’s most important season – will be critical for both short- and long-term recovery.
The partnership, forged at a global level between Routes and ACI World, will support the world’s airports in planning for this season, ensuring that they continue to provide the economic and social benefits to the local, national and global communities that they serve.
ACI World’s Director General, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, said: “The partnership we have forged with Routes will help move the industry forward down the path of recovery. Aviation is an interdependent and interconnected industry and partnerships like this will be crucial in supporting a globally-consistent recovery. We look forward to working with Routes during the recovery process and beyond in support of airports and the wider aviation ecosystem.”
Steven Small, Director of Routes, said: “The sustainable recovery of the aviation industry will be driven by the cooperation and alignment between airports, airlines and destination stakeholders. Having worked closely with ACI World for many years, we believe that our first formalised agreement will drive deeper collaboration across the industry and will deliver real value for our airport partners.”