Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world's airports, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China's HNA Airport Group Co. Ltd.
The MoU covers enhanced cooperation between both organisations on various programmes and initiatives, including airport safety reviews, customer experience solutions and training, to promote and
facilitate excellence at operations and management at HNA's airports.
Hahn Airport is expected to benefit from the cooperation
HNA Airport Group Co. Ltd. currently operates 15 Chinese airport as well as Frankfurt-Hahn Airport in Germany, in which the conglomerate earlier this year acquired a majority stake of 82.5% from the state of Rhineland-Palatinate for €15.1mn (US$17.7m). HNA received over €70 million in subsidies for the Hahn airport deal, in which up to €25.3 million came from the European Commission.
"We are honoured to become the first Chinese airport operator to sign this important MoU, which will serve to enhance our operations and access ongoing training and insights from the various programmes that ACI offers," said Liao Hongyu, Chairman, Hainan HNA Airport Management Co. Ltd.
HNA Airport is a unit of HNA Modern Logistics, the Chinese conglomerate’s logistics and industrial arm whose assets includes Swissport International, a Zurich-based air cargo handler that HNA acquired for $2.8 billion in 2015.
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