Ángel Luis Arias Serrano


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Ángel Luis Arias Serrano

He graduated in Aeronautical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and with a Master’s degree in General Business Management from the Madrid Business School. He was admitted by examination into the Military Corps of Airforce Aeronautical Engineers and the Civil Corps of Aeronautical Engineers.

Since May 2015, he has been the Managing Director of ENAIRE, the Chairman of CRIDA (Reference Centre for ATM Research, Development and Innovation) and a member of the Board of Directors of Aena. From October 2015 to February 2018, he was a member of the Board of Directors of INECO.

He has developed his career in various aeronautical organisations and companies; in 1984 he was a Military Aeronautical Infrastructure Engineer in the Air Force, and later performed a range of duties at the Directorate-General for Civil Aviation.

Since Aena was created in 1991 until 2011, he worked at this organisation, occupying different technical and management posts in air navigation and airports, such as Director of Strategic Planning, Assistant Director to the President's Office, Director of Management Control and Planning, and Director of Strategy, Innovation and Sustainability

From January 2012 until May 2015, he held the position of Director-General of Civil Aviation. During this time, he performed the duties of Chairman of the Governing Board of the Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency (AESA), and was a member of the Boards of Directors of ENAIRE and SENASA and of the Governing Board of INTA, and Vice-chairman of the European Air Navigation Safety Agency (EUROCONTROL).

His career has included involvement in and membership of various international work groups and committees concerning civil aviation: ICAO, EUROCONTROL, EUROPEAN UNION, European Space Agency, etc.

In 1998 the European Commission appointed him Vice-chairman of the Panel of Experts assigned to define the Future European Air Transport System. Between 1998 and 2012, he lectured in Air Navigation to undergraduate students of Aeronautical Management at the Autonomous University of Madrid.

In May 2016 he received the “Engineer of 2016” award from the Official Association of Aeronautical Engineers of Spain. In December 2017 the Council of Ministers awarded him the Aeronautical Merit Grand Cross - White Distinction.

The Spanish Airline Association (ALA) awarded him with its Annual Prize on June 2019.