Airports Council Announces Leila Lahbabi as New Deputy General Counsel

WASHINGTON – Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), the trade association representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada, today announced the appointment of Leila Lahbabi​ as its new deputy general counsel, effective January 1, 2023.

“As a knowledgeable and well-respected legal authority in the industry, Leila brings enormous value to ACI-NA and all of our members,” ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke said. “Her advice and counsel — informed by years of experience with airports and our partners — will be an incredible value-add to the entire organization and will help guide our efforts to continue moving the industry forward. We are thrilled to welcome Leila to the team.”

Lahbabi currently serves as lead counsel for Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She will remain in this role through the end of 2022. At CLT, she provides legal counsel on issues related to airline affairs, concession agreements, business diversity plans, public art, ground transportation, leases, non-aeronautical land development, federal grant assurances, and federal regulations. Lahbabi also manages the Legal and Regulatory team for the City of Charlotte’s Aviation Department. Additionally, she serves as a vice chair of the Steering Group for ACI-NA’s Legal Committee.

Prior to her work at CLT, Lahbabi was a prosecutor for the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office. She earned her J.D. and a B.A with honors in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



About ACI-NA

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) represents local, regional, and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA member airports enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America. Approximately 380 aviation-related businesses are also members of ACI-NA, providing goods and services to airports. Collectively, U.S. airports support more than 11.5 million jobs and account for $1.4 trillion in economic activity – or more than seven percent of the total U.S. GDP. Canadian airports support 405,000 jobs and contribute C$35 billion to Canada’s GDP. Learn more at