Airports Council International (ACI) will relocate its headquarters to Montréal. This is the seventh international civil aviation organization to set up headquarters in the city.
Airports Council International is the only global airport association. It represents over 1,600 airports in 179 countries. ACI’s decision was in part motivated by the fact that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is located in Montréal. As a result, the two entities will be able to better coordinate their activities and will be operating alongside the International Air Transportation Association (IATA).
According to the Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, incentives implemented by the government have helped increase Québec’s drawing power. She pointed out that Montréal currently ranks third among North American cities that are home to international organizations. There are approximately 70 such organizations in Montréal.
The President and CEO of Montréal International believes that ACI’s move to Montréal will generate significant benefits, including the creation of some 30 jobs by 2014, in addition to raising the city’s international profile.