The European airport’s trade association, Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe) has elected Jost Lammers, CEO of Budapest Airport, to lead the organisation as president.

Lammers was elected to the post at the assembly meeting as part of the 29th ACI Europe Annual Assembly, Congress and Exhibition. Dr Michael Kerkloh, president and CEO of Munich Airport steps down after a double-term of two years as ACI Europe president.

Jost Lammers took up his current role at Budapest Airport in 2007 and has previously worked at Flughafen Düsseldorf Ground Handling GmbH, HOCHTIEF AirPort and Athens International Airport and has also been a Member of the Supervisory Board of Hamburg Airport since 2016.

“I am very honoured to accept the position of President of ACI EUROPE and I thank the members for their trust,” said Jost Lammers, adding, “This comes at a timely moment: it coincides with a new European Parliament and a new European Commission in the autumn, with renewed priorities and a new work programme.”

He continued: “I am confident that our association is well equipped to guide and represent us in the next five years. But there will be no easy wins. These include the escalating capacity crunch at the big European hubs, the steadily rising costs in aviation security, the implications of structural transformation within the airline industry and the need to cut emissions. These issues are at the top of the agenda, and cross-border co-operation among airports will play a key role in addressing them.”

During the general assembly, several people were appointed to the Board of ACI Europe for a first term: Arnaud Feist, CEO, Brussels Airport; Birgit Otto, COO, Royal Schiphol Group; Eleni Kaloyirou, CEO, Hermes Airports; Jonas Abrahamsoon, CEO, Swedavia; Julian Jager, CEO, Vienna Airport; Maurici Lucena, President & CEO, Aena and Thorgeir Landevaag, CEO of Avinor’s Trondheim & Stavanger Airports.

While Thomas Woldbye, CEO, Copenhagen Airports was reappointed to the Board for a second term.

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