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Athens Airport Among Most Efficient in the World

Athens International Airport (AIA) was included among the most efficient airports in the world at the 2020 ATRS Global Airport Efficiency Awards, held virtually in July by the US-based Air Transport Research Society (ATRS) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Award winning airports were decided by efficiency rankings as measured by residual Variable Factor Productivity (R-VFP) Index in their respective region and size categories.

“Efficiency is particularly of vital importance now as airports embark on their journey of recovery from the dramatic downturn inflicted by Covid-19,” ATRS said.

AIA topped the list of efficiency performers in 2019, among airports in Europe that serve 15-25 million passengers per year.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol was again ranked first among airports with over 40 million passengers in Europe in 2019. Other winners included Copenhagen Airports  (25-40 million passengers) and EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (under 15 million passengers).

Most efficient airport in the world

Photo source: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), for the 17th year in a row, was named the most efficient airport in the world at the 2020 ATRS Global Airport Efficiency Awards. As the busiest airport in the world, ATL served more than 110 million passengers in 2019.

The ATRS is a worldwide research network headquartered in the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

The results of the ATRS awards were based on the 19th edition of the ATRS Global Airport Benchmarking Report, which provides a comparison of airport performance worldwide, focusing on productivity and operating/management efficiency, unit cost competitiveness and comparison of airport charges. Service quality is not considered in the performance measurements.

The 2020 ATRS Global Airport Benchmarking Project report includes 204 airports and 24 airport groups of various sizes and ownership forms in the Asia Pacific, in Europe and in North America.

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