Airport Regions Council (ARC), founded in 1994, is the European Association of regional and local authorities with an airport situated within or near their territories. Our members represent more than 70 million residents all over Europe and beyond. 


ARC brings together a wide range of expertise at the interface of air transport and airports, and local and regional administrations. A common concern is to promote and to balance at the same time the benefits generated by the airports (revenues, jobs, transport network...) and their environmental impact (noise, air quality, urban limitations). A balance that can only be reached with the foundation of a direct and honest relationship between the local and regional administrations and the airport authorities, supported by a shared common vision and with best practice proposals.


OUR VISION is to bring together a region and an airport and to facilitate their interaction and cooperation on all levels, ranging from governance, economy, environment, urban planning and mobility, allowing them to work together to improve residents’ quality of life, to avoid, prevent, minimise and compensate the negative impacts of airport activities and providing its members with tools and knowledge to plan, invest, share and maximise the benefits of the aviation sector. 

OUR MISSION is to communicate and disseminate airport regions’ interests towards the European institutions and key airport and aviation stakeholders. We maintain solid relationships with several members of the European Parliament who care about the same goals and share the same vision. ARC is also present in numerous conferences and political forums where policy is being discussed together with the main aviation stakeholders. ARC is building a professional network and a platform to foster knowledge building and sharing. ARC helps its members to be updated with the state of art and to anticipate aviation changes by enabling fast and extensive access to research studies, EU projects, press releases, trainings and news on current issues.


OUR VALUES are quality of life of citizens neighbouring airports, the lowest possible impact on the environment and  economic growth of airport regions and care about the human factor which is inseparable from this evolution. 


Erich Valentin

ARC President

Image by Annie Spratt

Our Membership


is diverse, ranging from members that have on their territories the main airport hubs in Europe (Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid, Vienna) to members that have small, but important regional airports bound for development (Oulu, Iasi, Malta and Eilat).


ARC membership is divided between full members and associated members. The full members are public authorities who have an airport within or close to their territory. Other organisations that are active in areas related to airports may become associated members.


ARC Offices

Rue Montoyer 21

1000 Brussels