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Aci Europe reveals "Best Airport Award" winners for 2021

In all categories

Aci Europe announced the "Best Airport Awards" winners yesterday during the Conference Dinner of its 31st Annual Congress and General Assembly, taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, hosted by Génève Aéroport. 

Airports in this section are divided into five groups according to 2019 passenger traffic. 

This year’s Award in the ‘under 5 million passenger’ category went to Romania’s Cluj Avram Iancu International Airport for its unswerving focus on safeguarding jobs throughout the COVID-19 crisis, with significant measures taken to repurpose the workforce to adapt to the pandemic conditions. 

Toulon-Hyères Airport was highly commended in this category.

The winner of the ‘5-10 million passenger’ category was "Falcone-Borsellino" Palermo Airport. 

Milan-Linate Airport was highly commended in this category.

This year’s Award in the ‘10-25 million passenger’ category went to Vnukovo International Airport. 

The winner of the ’25-40 million passengers’ category was Athens International Airport. 

Lisbon Airport was highly commended in this category.

‘This year’s Award in the ‘over 40 million passenger’ category went to iGA Istanbul Grand Airport in recognition of its leadership position among the continent’s hubs. 

Barcelona and Madrid Airports were highly commended for this Award.

This year’s Eco-Innovation Award went to Stockholm Arlanda Airport, the busiest one operated by Swedavia, world’s first airport operator to achieve net zero CO2 emissions. 

As part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Aci Europe and the European Disability Forum (EDF) in 2016, the Accessible Airport Award honours the best airport in Europe in terms of its level of accessibility as well as the range and the quality of the assistance services offered. 

The judging panel for the Accessible Airport Award comprised EDF Executive Committee Members and Andras Mogyoro, Legal Officer at Social Affairs Unit, Passengers Rights & Equal Opportunities at DG MOVE, European Commission. 

This year, Europe’s most Accessible Airport is iGA Istanbul Grand Airport. 

Aci Europe has partnered with the SESAR Joint Undertaking to set up the Digital Transformation Award. This Award recognises a European airport that has embraced digitalisation, adopting innovative technologies and procedures to improve the safety, capacity, efficiency and environmental footprint of its airside operations. 

This year’s winner is Aeroporti di Roma SpA, the operator of Rome-Fiumicino and Ciampino airports. The judges recognised that the focus on innovation and digital solutions has become an inextricable part of the Italian airport operator’s DNA. 

This award recognises an Aci Europe World Business Partner, either individual or company, who has made significant contributions to the airport industry. This work comes through active participation in committees, sharing of best practices and experience, research and special initiatives. 

This year’s winner is Tine Haas, Principal at Dornier Consulting International. The winner has been an active member of Aci Europe since April 2018 and has made a valued contribution to its Commercial Forum, as well as the Technical and Operational Safety Committee.

The Award ceremony closed with a Special Recognition Award, given by Aci Europe in partnership with their Leadership and HR Forum. The award recognises longstanding commitment to the work of the Human Resources Forum, and outstanding leadership. 

This special award was given to Marco Verga, Director People and Organisation Development, Aeroporto "Guglielmo Marconi" di Bologna SpA. The judges praised his “exceptional engagement” and described him as a “recognised leader in his field and a vibrant communicator”.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency
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