Chief Executive of Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), Bongani Maseko, has been appointed Chairman of Airports Council International (ACI).
Maseko will serve at the helm of the organisation for two years, where he will have a glorious opportunity to advance the interests of South African airports and promote professional excellence in airport management and operations around the world.
He was voted in by the members of ACI Africa, during a World General Assembly, held in Mauritius earlier this week.
“The confidence that the ACI Assembly has placed in me speaks to the role of African airports in ensuring that they are competing with the best in the world in terms of best practice on airport development, management and operations,” said a delighted Maseko.
African aviation is not on the same level as the top countries in Asia and Europe, but its role is becoming increasingly important.
Maseko wants Africa to feature more prominently as a contributor to economic growth in the industry.
“Aviation in Africa is slowly becoming a strong contributor to global economic growth as the tourism industry grows. The next 20 years will see the most growth in passenger numbers coming from Africa,” added Maseko.
Maseko, 49, has 24 years of experience in airport management having first joined the industry at San Francisco Airport. He has a degree in Aviation Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Airport Systems Planning and Design and Airport Ground Transportation Planning from the University of California.
He joined Airports Company South Africa in April 1999 and was Acting Managing Director from October 2011 until his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in 2013.
Prior to that, he was Group Executive of Airport Operations from September 2004. His earlier positions included three-and-a-half years leading O.R. Tambo International Airport as its General Manager.
“I am honoured to work in collaboration with leading airport professionals on the World Governing Board so that that the voices of airports globally continue to contribute meaningfully. This will ensure that ACI continues to help our member airports perform well in terms of operational efficiencies which ultimately contributes to the value chain, providing a smooth end-to-end process to a passenger’s experience,” he said.