AAAE and IAAE partner with Indian Aviation Academy and GMR Aviation Academy to bring an array of professional development and training programs to airport executives

Alexandria, VA, 2018-Nov-06 — /Travel PR News/ — The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and International Association of Airport Executives (IAAE), an affiliate organization of AAAE, are proud to announce a major new agreement with the Indian Aviation Academy and GMR Aviation Academy to bring a wide-ranging array of professional development and training programs to airport executives throughout India.

This historic agreement, which was formalized today with the signing of a “Memorandum of Understanding” at the Indian Aviation Academy in New Delhi, marks the first comprehensive partnership between IAAE and India to provide a variety of benefits to airport executives in India, including a widely-respected accreditation program, interactive training sessions and additional professional development opportunities. With nearly 70 years of experience, AAAE is the world’s largest provider of interactive training for employees at airports of all sizes throughout the United States.

“AAAE and IAAE are extremely proud and honored to sign this Memorandum of Understanding with the Indian Aviation Academy and GMR Aviation Academy to provide important membership and training services to the country’s dedicated airport executives and professional staff,” AAAE Chair Jeanne Olivier, A.A.E., ACE, Assistant Director, Aviation Security and Technology at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and IAAE Co-Chair Jeff Mulder, A.A.E., Executive Director at the Lee County Port Authority in Fort Myers, Fla., said in a joint statement. “We are excited to continue this important partnership in the months and years to come.”

Douglas Webster, COO, and Ashok Madhu Reddy, GM, Airport Operations of GMR Delhi International Airport, and Nandita Bhatt, Joint GM and Aman Saini, DGM from the Airports Authority of India, contributed toward bringing AAAE/IAAE to India and said in a joint statement, “We are hopeful this training program will be very helpful to Indian airport executives and also to those who are aspiring to become airport professionals.”

“We are very pleased to be part of this collaboration with IAAE and look forward to implementing these top-notch benefits and training for our growing airport workforce,” Hareendranathan E.P., Executive Director of the Indian Aviation Academy, and Meloth H Krishnan, Head of GMR Aviation Academy, said in a joint statement.

Also in attendance at the MOU signing ceremony were S Suresh, Member – Finance, Airports Authority of India, and General Council, India Aviation Academy, and PS Nair, CEO – Airport Sector, GMR Group, as well as representatives from the Commercial Service Office, U.S. Embassy in Delhi and the U.S.-India Aviation Cooperation Program.

Under the agreement, airport staff throughout India will be eligible for the following benefits and professional development opportunities, which will be provided through IAAE:

  • IAAE-India membership program for individual airport executives and professional staff;
  • The Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) program, which will award the A.A.E.-India designation to candidates who successfully demonstrate a high level of expertise in the airport management profession, and accreditation academies in India organized by IAAE;
  • The International Aerodrome Certified Employee (IACE) online training and certification program, which is based on International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 14;
  • Video training delivered through AAAE’s Digicast system on every aspect needed to run an airport, including operations, maintenance, security, aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) and more; and
  • Training courses held in India on airport security and ARFF.

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Founded in 1928, AAAE is the world’s largest professional organization representing the men and women who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE’s 6,000-plus members represent some 875 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support the airport industry. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., AAAE serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington, D.C., and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities, including training, conferences, and a highly respected accreditation program.

IAAE, an affiliate organization of AAAE, was founded in 1992 to effectively address the challenges of managing airports in a global economy, including advanced airport management education and professional development around the world.


Indian Aviation Academy (IAA) is a premier institute for Education, Training and Research in Aviation. The academy fosters a culture of continuous learning. With three organizations under its umbrella – Airports Authority of India (AAI), Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), the Academy has constantly endeavoured to empower aviation professionals by enhancing knowledge and honing their skill. A full member of ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS (TPP) program, IAA has collaboration with IATA, ACI and many renowned management institutes to foster training activities on global aviation arena. IAA also sponsors India-ICAO Fellowship program for Developing Countries. The collaborative pursuit has helped IAA carve a niche for itself on many national and international platforms. Additional information about IAA is available at


GMR Aviation Academy (GMRAA) is the training arm of GMR Group which operates airports in India and overseas. The inception of GMR Aviation Academy (GMRAA) took place in the year 2009, with the objective of providing professional training and enhancing the knowledge & skills of GMR Airport’s personnel. The academy conducts ACI, IATA, ICAO and DGCA approved training programs for the Asia Pacific, Middle East and African regions. It is a Full Member (Gold Member) of ICAO’s Trainair Plus Programme and is Regional Training Center of Excellence (RTCE). It is also conferred with ACI’s Global Training Hub (GTH) and IATA’s Approved Training Centre. Additional information about GMR Aviation Academy is available at

Adam Snider
Director of Public Affairs


Source: AAAE