Airports Council International (ACI) is the association of the world’s airports. It is a non-profit organization, whose prime purpose is to advance the interests of airports and to promote professional excellence in airport management and operations. By fostering cooperation amongst airports, world aviation organizations and business partners, ACI makes a significant contribution to providing the traveling public with an air transport system that is safe, secure, efficient and environmentally responsible.

As the international association of the worlds’ commercial service airports, ACI represents the collective positions of its membership, which are established through committees and endorsed by the ACI Governing Board. These views reflect the common interests of the global airports’ community.


ACI Organizational Goals:

  • Maximize the contributions of airports to maintaining and developing a safe, secure, environmentally compatible and efficient air transport system.
  • Achieve cooperation among all segments of the aviation industry and their stakeholders as well as with governments and international organizations.
  • Influence international and national legislation, rules, policies, standards and practices based on established policies representing airports’ interests and priorities.
  • Advance the development of the aviation system by enhancing public awareness of the economic and social importance of airport development.
  • Maximize cooperation and mutual assistance among airports.
  • Provide members with industry knowledge, advice and assistance, and foster professional excellence in airport management and operations.
  • Build ACI’s worldwide organizational capacity and resources to serve all members effectively and efficiently.


As of November 2012, ACI accounts for 573 regular members operating 1,751 airports in 174 countries. In 2011, airports worldwide welcomed 5.44 billion arriving and departing passengers and handled 93.1 million metric tons of cargo and 77 million movements. ACI regular members represent over 95 percent of the world’s passenger traffic and are owners or operators, other than airlines, of one or more civil airports with commercial air services.

ACI Regions

ACI has five geographical regions. To better serve this structure and its work with ICAO, ACI moved its headquarters to Montréal. To pursue the work with regional governmental and non-governmental organizations they are supported by specialized committees and task forces.

International Organizations

ACI is the “voice of the world’s airports” in interacting with world bodies and advocate for the global airports industry before the media and opinion leaders. International partner organizations include the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and other specialized UN organizations such as the World Health Organization and the UN Institute for Training and Research. ACI is one of only a few organizations having observer status with ICAO and it also has consultative status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (UN/ECOSOC).