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Tan Sri Bashir Re-Elected As The ACI Asia-Pacific President

28 June 2012

Sepang, 28 June 2012 - Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad's Managing Director, Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad has been unanimously re-elected for the second term as the President of the Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific Region during the ACI Regional Assembly meeting held on 23rd May 2012 in Singapore. In the President's capacity Tan Sri Bashir also sits in the ACI World Executive Committee Meeting apart from being a member of the World Governing Board, the highest decision making body in the ACI organization.

ACI is the only association of the world's airports. Being the 'Voice of the World's Airports', the organization speaks on behalf of 1679 airports in 177 countries and territories worldwide including over 500 airports in Asia-Pacific Region. Tan Sri Bashir is currently leading the 7th ACI Asia Pacific Regional Assembly and Conference being held at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, Singapore.

The Asia-Pacific Region airports handled 1.43 billion passengers in 2011 and is now almost at par with North America and Europe. The theme for this Year's Conference is 'Transforming Airports: Innovations and Opportunities'. The Asia-Pacific region is the fastest growing region in the world with passenger traffic forecasted to reach 4.6 billion by 2029. As such airports in this region are aggressively increasing their capacity to handle this growth. Currently, 10 of the top 30 busiest airports are already in this region and this number is expected to increase. In terms of service standards, the top 5 airports in the world are also in this region. This region is seen as the most important region for aviation in the coming years.

The membership of this Association is continuously increasing as more and more airports are becoming members. At the Assembly this year, the Association has come up with new initiatives such as working together to handle crisis and natural disasters, attracting best talents and supporting smaller airports.

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