Robert Kennedy, assistant general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, shared with a delegation of officials from China’s Civil Aviation General Administration June 20 his insights about how the airport operated during the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta.

Alex Meija, executive director of the United Nations agency CIFAL Atlanta, and Doug Blissit, vice president of public affairs of Delta Air Lines Inc., welcomed to the airport the delegation that was led by Huang Dengke, director general of China’s civil aviation administration.

The 14-person delegation was in Atlanta to discuss airport security and logistics in preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games that will be held in Beijing.

Mr. Kennedy offered examples of how Hartsfield-Jackson dealt with passenger management and airport security, hosted international VIPs, worked with foreign media and provided customer service to visiting spectators.

Last November, Hartsfield-Jackson and CIFAL Atlanta teamed up to host some 30 Chinese airport officials here to discuss issues surrounding Olympic preparedness.

Hartsfield-Jackson and CIFAL Atlanta have worked together to host best practice sharing conferences for international airport officials since 2005 and recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Airports Council International the worldwide association of airports.

CIFAL Atlanta is a division of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research and hosts best practice sharing conferences for government officials from around the world.

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