Airports are critical economic growth engines at national, regional and local levels. The quality of services and competitiveness of airports have a strong impact on surrounding regional economies. Enhancing the connectivity, quality of services and competitiveness of airports can create jobs and spur the economic growth of the surrounding region. Cooperation and coordination between central government, local government, airport management and the business community are key factors of success for initiatives that position airports as optimal city and country gateways, air cargo hubs, and business zones.

Airports also play a key role in sustainability. In many areas including energy efficiency, waste management, and more, airports are implementing innovative sustainability strategies to achieve net zero carbon. Integrating sustainability into airport operations will help strengthen not only their economic position, but it will also increase social benefits while reducing negative environmental impacts. Airlines alike are committed to achieving net zero carbon by 2050. 

The Airports for Economic Development Training Programme offers training seminars that provide an international platform for dialogue on key issues related to airports, aviation, and economic and sustainable development.

Target Audience


Delegates from the Americas, Africa, Asia–Pacific, and the Middle East regions, as follows:

  • Airport and airline executives
  • Civil aviation authorities
  • Businesses and key stakeholders
  • Economic Development Officials 


Key Benefits

Participants will benefit from learning and exchanging good practices on the following topics:

  • Economic development 
  • Airport competitiveness
  • Technological innovations
  • Safety management systems
  • Security preparedness
  • Terminal and airside operations
  • Strategies to generate non-aeronautical revenue 
  • Cargo logistics
  • Airport service quality 
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Preparedness for mega events
  • Disaster preparedness and service recovery


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