Airports Company South Africa Chief Executive, Bongani Maseko, has been appointed to a two-year term as Chair of the world governing boards of Airports Council International (ACI), the trade representative of the world’s airports.

He was formally voted in by members at the recent ACI Africa/World General Assembly in Mauritius.

Maseko is 49 years old and 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 Acsa in 1999 and he became Acting Managing Director in October 2011, until his appointment as CEO is 2013.

“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 Maseko.

“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.”