Airport International Group (AIG) which owns Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) in Jordan and sits under Groupe ADP – the Paris airports operator – has announced the appointment of its former Chief Operations Officer (COO), Nicolas Claude, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective from today (7 January).
Claude assumes his current role in succession of Kjeld Binger, who will remain associated with Airport International Group as Senior Advisor to the Board.
In his 28-year career Claude has held numerous chief executive positions, most recent of which was CEO of the Nuevo Pudahuel concession in Chile, where he guided the expansion of Santiago International Airport, which registered 23m passengers in 2019.
During his 2010-2015 tenure as COO of Airport International Group, Claude oversaw six key departments representing a total of 330 employees responsible for various operations; maintenance; commercial and real estate; information technology and telecommunications; security; and quality and safety functions.
‘THE SKY IS THE LIMIT’
Prior to this Claude acted as COO of Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte – a group operating and managing 13 airports in Mexico – and previously contributed to multiple projects at Aéroports de Paris, namely devising planning studies on several French and global airports.
“I am delighted to be returning to Jordan – a country I called home for five years – and to the Airport International Group family with whom I have witnessed some of the most pivotal stages of the QAIA New Terminal project,” said Claude.
“I would like to thank my colleague Kjeld Binger for his exemplary leadership over the past eight years, and I look forward to building on the proud achievements the team has marked since being assigned the project in 2007.
“We have many new plans to implement, milestones to reach and records to break, and I am confident that, with the support of the Government of Jordan and the employees, partners and shareholders involved in the project, the sky is the limit.
“We will continue to work together to reaffirm QAIA’s standing as the Kingdom’s prime gateway to the world for the benefit of our passengers and the Jordanian public at large.”