Bastiaan de Bruijne has been appointed as the new general counsel at Airports Council International (ACI) Europe. He will succeed Gérard Borel who is retiring in early October.

A Dutch national, Bastiaan studied law and political science in Leiden, Paris and Bologna. He obtained a post-graduate degree from the College of Europe (Bruges) and joins ACI Europe from Royal Schiphol Group, where he served as Competition and Regulation Counsel. He also worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and with two international law firms.

“I am delighted to be joining the team at ACI Europe, just as Europe is embarking on a new five-year political cycle. The continued business transformation of Europe’s airports and the increasingly complex economic, political and regulatory environments in which they evolve mean that this is an exciting time to be part of the Voice of Europe’s airports – working for our members and advancing the industry,” said Bastiaan, commenting on his appointment.

Olivier Jankovec, ACI Europe’s director general, added: “These are increasingly testing times for airports – with sustainability, security, safety, capacity economics and market access all at the forefront of ACI Europe’s agenda. As we prepare to say farewell and thank Gérard Borel for 19 years of impeccable service and dedication to our industry, Bastiaan will ensure continued legal expertise for our organisation and its 500-strong airports membership and World Business Partners.”

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