Regional expert speaks at aviation safety seminar today

POSTED: 04/18/12 1:41 PM

St. Maarten – The Princess Juliana International Airport hosts an aviation seminar today with the theme ‘Growing the air transport business with a focus on safety’. The session, which begins at 8:00 a.m, includes the presentation of two safety awards and a keynote address by Michael Nicolaas who specializes in airport administration management.
Nicolaas’ principal areas of concentration are airport operations, air service development and marketing and airport security and planning. He has been involved in civil aviation for the past four decades and spent the past 12 years in developing airport projects at privatized and concession airports in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Nicolaas, who has on the world governing board of Airports Council International (ACI) and was the 1st Vice President of ACI Latin America & Caribbean, has been the Managing Director of the Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba, the Director General of Aeropuertos Dominicano Siglo XXI in the Dominican Republic, the COO of the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, Peru and the COO of the Eldorado International Airport in Bogota, Colombia and recently served as the Corporate Director of Business Development with Aerodom in the Dominican Republic. He’s also been employed by major international airport operators like YVRAS – Vancouver Airport Services, Fraport – Frankfurt Airport, Unique – Zurich Airport/IDC and Aerodom /Advent International.

Nicolaas, who has a degree in Air Traffic Management from the Civil Aviation Training School in the Netherlands Antilles, is a regular speaker at many International Conferences of ACI, AAAE, ICAO and IATA and has done extensive Advanced Professional training in Airport Management in the U.K. and with the FAA in the USA as an UNDP & ICAO Fellow. He also did a Postgraduate in Air Transport Planning and Economics at the MIT and has a Certified Professional Management Diploma in Civil Aviation Security from the Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

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