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Industry leaders speak at ACI World/Latin America-Caribbean Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition in a panel moderated by CNN en Español’s Gabriela Frías

November 23, 2021

TORONTO, ONTARIO – Deborah Flint, President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), took part in the Aviation Leaders Panel on the opening day of  the ACI World/Latin America-Caribbean Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition. The conversation was moderated by Gabriela Frías, business anchor for CNN en Español, and other panelists included Jost Lammers, President, CEO and Labor Director, Munich Airport; Aimen Al Hosni, CEO, Oman Airport; Juan José Salmon, CEO, Lima Airport; Kelber Meira, CEO, Belo Horizonte International Airport; and Kadri Samsunlu, CEO, IGA Istanbul Airport.

Delegates heard the leaders’ views on challenges and opportunities related to the sustainable recovery of the air transport industry, collaboration among airports and airlines and lessons learned from the pandemic. During the session, Ms. Flint underscored the importance of collaboration for a sustainable industry: “Airports are playing a leading role in environmental sustainability, evidenced by ACI’s continued support and facilitation of member airports’ innovative sustainability efforts,” she said, “but clearly, airports are one part of a much larger ecosystem. We must work better and more closely with our many partners on industry-wide solutions—from sustainable aviation fuels to hydrogen and electric vehicles and much more—that will generate long-term benefits.”

During the Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition, Ms. Flint was also re-elected to the ACI World Governing Board. Comprised of 28 representatives from regional ACI boards, the ACI World Governing Board defines the direction of ACI World’s work with the aim of fostering the capacity and growth of the global airport community.

“I look forward to advancing the industry work on recovery as well as positioning the industry for a green future along with my colleagues in the ACI World Governing Board at such a pivotal time for aviation,” said Ms. Flint. “Collaboration has always been a strength of the airport industry, and will remain so as we continue along a path of recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m excited to bring Toronto Pearson’s unique perspective to the table as Canada’s largest airport, a strong driver of the Canadian economy and a leader in the pandemic response as we work together to build an airport industry that is more agile, resilient and competitive.”

Earlier this year, the GTAA committed to net-zero carbon emissions and waste from its terminal buildings by 2050, releasing a new environmental policy that sets forth ambitious goals in seven key areas, including climate change resiliency, carbon neutrality and emissions, strategic energy use, water management, natural environment, waste management and noise management. Learn more about the GTAA’s new environmental policy. Learn more about the ACI World/Latin America-Caribbean Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition.

About the Greater Toronto Airports Authority

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority is the operator of Toronto – Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Canada’s largest airport and a vital connector of people, businesses and goods. Toronto Pearson has been named “Best Large Airport in North America serving more than 40 million passengers” for four years in a row by Airports Council International (ACI), the global trade representative of the world’s airports. In recognition of its Healthy Airport program, ACI also awarded Toronto Pearson the “Best hygiene measures in North America” award, and Toronto Pearson was the first Canadian airport to receive ACI’s global health accreditation for its response to COVID-19.  

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