Ángel Luis Arias Serrano


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Ángel Luis Arias Serrano

Born in Madrid in 1960, Ángel-Luis Arias has a Master´s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and a Master Business Administration from Madrid Business School (ESDEN).

He belongs to the Military Corps of Aeronautical Engineers of the Spanish Air Force and to the Civil Corps of Aeronautical Engineers of Spain. 

Currently, and since May 2015, he is the Director General of ENAIRE, President of CRIDA (Reference Centre for ATM Research, Development and Innovation) and Board Member of AENA. From October 2015 to February 2018 he was a Board Member of INECO.

He has worked professionally in a variety of aeronautical organisations and companies. Since 1984, he is a Military Aeronautical Infrastructures Engineer in the Spanish Air Force. Later, he held several posts with the Spanish Civil Aviation Authority.

From its creation in 1991 until 2011, he worked professionally for AENA, holding a variety of positions of technical and management responsibility in air navigation and airports, such as the Director of Strategic Planning, Assistant Director of the Office of the Chairman and Director of Strategy, Innovation and Sustainability. 

From January 2012 to May 2015, he held the post of Director General of Civil Aviation. During this period, he also had duties as Chairman of the Board of the Spanish Air Safety Agency (AESA), member of the Boards of Directors of ENAIRE, SENASA and INTA, and Vice Chairman of the European Agency for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL).

In May 2015, he was appointed Managing Director of ENAIRE, and holds the post still today. He is also Chairman of CRIDA (ATM R&D+I Centre of Reference) and a Member of the Board of INECO.

Throughout his career, he has participated in and been a member of a number of international working groups and committees related to civil aviation: ICAO, EUROCONTROL, EUROPEAN UNION, European Space Agency, etc. In 1998, the European Commission appointed him Vice Chairman of the Group of Experts for the definition of the Future European Air Transport System. He was professor of Air Navigation in the Aeronautical Management bachelor’s degree programme at the Autonomous University of Madrid.

In May 2016, the Official Association of Aeronautical Engineers of Spain recognised him with the “2016 Aeronautical Engineer of the Year” award. In December 2017, the Council of Ministers awarded him the Grand Cross of Aeronautical Merit-White Distinction. Finally, the Spanish Airline Association awarded him its Annual Prize on June 2019.