The Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ) and Airports Council International (ACI) have launched a new three-year strategic partnership to facilitate activities in research and development and build the future technology roadmap for CRIAQ, ACI and their respective members in the field of civil aviation.

This partnership aims to promote an increased collaboration between airports and the entire aerospace and aviation sector in Quebec and Canada to encourage technological initiatives and advances. The main areas on which this collaboration will focus on are:

  • The joint participation and furthered collaboration in initiatives or committees concerning topics of common interest, covering themes such as sustainability, environmental protection, safety, security, technology and digital change, innovation, customer experience, training, passenger and baggage handling, and any other topics of common interest and their application to airport planning and operations.
  • The joint exploration and planning of collaborative research projects in areas of common interest.
  • The exchange and sharing of relevant information relating to collaboration on specific projects or activities.
  • The facilitation of joint activities for the dissemination and transfer of knowledge regarding scientific and technological advances supported by ACI and CRIAQ with members and partners of each organisation.


“We are delighted with this new partnership with ACI, this is an important step in driving innovation in airports, particularly in passenger experience and safety, but also in the sustainable management of flight operations. This will facilitate new and innovative partnerships to achieve Quebec and international objectives for a sustainable and prosperous recovery of the aviation and aerospace sectors,” said Alain Aubertin, CEO of CRIAQ.


“This new partnership with the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec will allow greater collaboration on crucial issues for our members including sustainability, safety and security, technology and innovation, and customer experience, at a time when these topics have never been of more importance for airports. Industry partnerships like this, that facilitate the exchange and sharing of information, experience and collaboration on scientific and technological advances supported by ACI and CRIAQ, will be central in supporting a globally-consistent recovery from the pandemic and beyond”, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, ACI World Director General.