ASIA PACIFIC. Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific has named Northern Territory Airports’ Andrew Warrender as its Young Executive of the Year 2018.

Warrender is Head of Commercial – Terminals at the airport company.

The ACI Asia-Pacific Young Executive of the Year Award is a research paper competition and was introduced in 2009. It aims to encourage and promote innovative ideas and solutions to challenges facing the aviation industry.

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A total of nine submissions were received this year and the papers were reviewed by a judging panel chaired by Kansai Airports Co-CEO and ACI Asia-Pacific Secretary Treasurer Emmanuel Menanteau.

The panel said Warrender’s submission “demonstrated substantial research effort and provided thoughtful recommendations on airports’ response to the trend of e-commerce”.

“I would like to congratulate Andrew Warrender for his outstanding work on how airport commercial offerings can maintain competitiveness in the era of e-commerce,” said ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Director Patti Chau.

“His research also discussed case studies across different industries, which can serve as valuable references to the dynamic field of airport business.

“I am proud that we have many young talents in our region as we received very high standard research papers this year. I wish to congratulate all other participants as well for demonstrating their innovative ideas in tackling our industry challenges through their research papers.”

The judging panel unanimously decided to give honourable mentions to Narita International Airport’s Kyoji Fukuda and GMR Hyderabad International Airport’s Manish Agnihothri.

The award presentation ceremony will be held on 24 April 2018 at the ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly in Narita, Japan.