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ACI selects GCAS as training hub for Middle East

United Arab Emirates: Sunday, February 28 - 2010 @ 12:22

ACI, the airport industry’s leading international association, has a number of developed courses related to operational and management training and executive education.

Courses such as the Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP) and the Airport Executive Leadership Programme (AELP) are the world’s only course-based accreditation programmes for airport executives and, through this agreement, will soon be available to GCAS students. These courses will also complement the Abu Dhabi-based training centre’s Emiratisation and Personnel Development programmes.

GCAS, an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recognised centre of excellence, was established at the end of 2008 to support and contribute to the rapid advancement of the regional aviation industry, through the development of the region’s human capital.

Director General of ACI, Angela Gittens said: “ACI looks forward to extending its partnership in the Gulf region with the establishment of a new training hub in Abu Dhabi. GCAS has taken a leadership position by ensuring that the development of executive and staff expertise will advance hand in hand with the rapid expansion of the aviation industry in this dynamic region. They are set to grow their business and this step shows that they are not only investing in infrastructure, but also in human capital. ACI firmly believes that performance excellence will be a key to a sustainable future for aviation.

“The establishment of this partnership is fully aligned with ACI’s mandate to promote airport excellence by providing high quality, comprehensive training solutions to our members. As the needs of the industry grow, ACI will continue to enhance competency based training programmes that address those needs through committed partnerships with our ACI members in regional training centres around the world,” added Gittens.

Following this latest announcement, Mohammed Al Bulooki, General Manager of GCAS said: “This partnership with ACI represents a key milestone as GCAS strives to provide its large customer base with the best airport executive training available. With several billions of dollars invested in airport infrastructure projects across the GCC, and the wider Middle East region, GCAS projects strong demand for highly-skilled and well-trained aviation executives.

“GCAS’s commitment lies in designing, developing and delivering the best training solutions to meet the existing and future needs of airports in the region and will continue to seek beneficial partnerships with leading international aviation bodies to realise this vision,” added Al Bulooki.

GCAS has a purpose-built, state-of-the-art, facility at Al Bateen Executive Airport in
Abu Dhabi city which provides rare benefits to students as, in addition to the theory, they get the opportunity to gain real, hands on, experience of a live airport operation.

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