GCAS, ACI collaborate on airline executive training

The Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS) will offer Airports Council International (ACI) conducted training programmes from its Al Bateen hub in Abu Dhabi.

An official statement yesterday said ACI, the industry's leading international association, has developed a number of courses related to operational and management training and executive education.

A subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Airports Company, GCAS has signed a partnership deal with ACI to conduct courses such as the Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme and the Airport Executive Leadership Programme, which are considered as the world's only course-based accreditation programmes for airport executives. These courses will also complement the Abu Dhabi-based training centre's Emiratisation and personnel development programmes.

Recognised as a centre of excellence by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, GCAS was established at the end of 2008 to support and contribute to the rapid advancement of the Middle East aviation industry, through the development of the region's human capital.

Angela Gittens, Director-General, ACI, said: "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," she said.

Mohammed Al Bulooki, General Manager, GCAS, said: "With billions of dollars invested in airport infrastructure projects across the GCC and the wider Middle East, GCAS projects strong demand for highly-skilled and well-trained aviation executives."

 

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