MONTREAL, May 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Airports Council International (ACI) is inaugurating its World headquarters in Montréal today, in collaboration with Montréal International. The international organization (IO), which comprises 580 member airport authorities operating more than 1,650 airports in 179 countries, will thus be closer to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and other air transportation IOs already established in Montréal. ACI World's mission is to promote excellence in airport management and operations around the world and to represent airports interests with Governments and international organizations.

"We are delighted that ACI is joining some 70 international organizations already present in the Montréal region and further enhances our city's international status," says Jacques St-Laurent, President and Chief Executive Officer of Montréal International. "The relocation of such an organization from Geneva to Montréal confirms the attractiveness of Québec's metropolis for international organizations and further enhances our region's status as the world capital of civil aviation."

"The inauguration of our new headquarters in Montréal is an important milestone in our organization's development," says Angela Gittens, ACI World Director General. "We are confident that this move will enhance our ability to represent the interests of airport authorities to ICAO, its member states and its permanent delegations. We will also be better able to coordinate our actions with ICAO's initiatives in the areas of safety, security, the environment, training and operational efficiency."

The assistance Montréal International provided for the relocation of ACI to the Montréal metropolitan region has been made possible by the concerted efforts and financial contributions of its partners: Canada Economic Development, the ministère des Relations internationales du Québec [Québec Department of International Relations] and the City of Montréal.

ACI World Headquarters are located at 800 rue du Square Victoria, Suite 1810, Montréal.

About ACI

Airports Council International (ACI), the only worldwide association of airports, has 580 member airport authorities, which operate over 1,650 airports in 179 countries. ACI's mission is to promote professional excellence in airport management and operations, and this mandate is carried out through the organization's multiple training opportunities, as well as the customer service benchmarking programme, a wide range of conferences, industry statistical products and best practice publications.

About Montréal International

Montréal International (MI) was created in 1996 as a result of a private/public partnership. Its mission is to contribute to the economic development of metropolitan Montréal and to enhance its international status. Its mandates include attracting foreign investment, international organizations and qualified foreign workers, as well as promoting the competitive and international environment of Greater Montréal. Montréal International is funded by the private sector, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (Montréal Metropolitan Community), the City of Montréal and the Governments of Canada and Québec.

Since its creation, Montréal International has helped to attract more than $8 billion in foreign investment to Greater Montréal. From these investments, close to 45,000 jobs have been created or maintained. To date, MI's activities have also allowed almost half of the 70 international organizations to establish themselves in the city and, attract and retain, close to 5,500 qualified foreign workers. To learn more, please visit MI Web site at:


For further information:

Benoît Lefèvre
Communications Advisor
Montréal International Tel.: +1 514 987-9323 
Cell: +1 514 677-2498
Nancy Gautier
Director Communications
ACI World
Tel: +1 514 373 1224
Cell : +41 79 427-3302


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