David Stewart, Head of Airports at IATA is the new – and first international – member of Airport Infra Expo Advisory Committee. The director had great prominence in the first edition of the show, held last year at Congonhas airport in São Paulo, being the key-note speaker on two panels on the International Seminar on Airport Infrastructure in Latin America. Stewart's participation was formalized this week.
The Advisory Committee's role is to contribute to the identification of the most relevant subjects to compose the seminar agenda. Members are also Airport Infra Expo spokesmen to national and international press. In order to cover all sectors of airport infrastructure, the committee has a multidisciplinary team comprising government, academia and private companies.
“David Stewart taking part of the Advisory Committee reveals how Airport Infra Expo platform is growing, not being restricted to nationwide airport industry. With international members, we have a more intense performance in other countries”, said Paula Faria, founder of Airport Infra Expo.
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David Stewart has almost 30 years’ experience in airport master planning, terminal area planning and design on major international airport projects in North America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Europe. He has been responsible for the management of an impressive range of airport projects from specialised studies for component infrastructure to world-class airport “mega-projects”.
As Head of Airports for IATA Mr. Stewart is responsible for the Association’s interface with airports world-wide. IATA’s main activities include professional contributions to major airport projects, ensuring that the aviation industry receives value for money for the investments being made in airport infrastructure.
Previously, as the airline community’s representative at Heathrow Airport in London. Mr. Stewart’s main activities involved overseeing the activities of BAA, enhancing the airline community’s ability to do business at Heathrow Airport. Priorities included review of the BAA 5-year 4.6 Billion Pound Sterling Capital Investment Plan and the associated large infrastructure projects such as the replacement Terminal 2 and the Third Runway project.
Prior to his work with IATA, Mr. Stewart directed major airport projects in the Middle East and Australia. Throughout 2000/2001, Mr. Stewart supervised a Project Management team in Athens, Greece, overseeing the design and construction of major Olympic Airways operating facilities prior to the opening of the New Athens Airport.
Mr. Stewart also spent 6 years with the Airport Authority Hong Kong, first as Design Manager overseeing the design of the Chep Lap Kok air terminal building, and then as Terminal Operations Manager, tasked with the implementation and start-up of the new terminal facility.
Prior to working in Hong Kong, Mr. Stewart was Director of Properties and Facilities for Canadian Airlines International, based in Vancouver and Calgary, Canada. Mr Stewart’s familiarity with both planning and operation of airports has proved beneficial to international airport and aviation clients.