ACI Europe: Entries for Best Airport Awards 2023 Now Open
ACI Europe, the European branch of the trade association of the world’s airports Airports Council International, recently launched the call for submissions for this year’s edition of its high-profile Best Airport Awards.
The prestigious awards recognize excellence in airport activities across a range of categories, including resilience in recovery, innovation, accessibility and environmental performance. The winners will be celebrated at the ACI Europe / World Annual Congress and General Assembly (WAGA) in Barcelona on June 27.
The focus of this year’s awards is on operational resilience and sustainability, in line with the airport industry-wide commitment to achieving Net Zero CO2 emissions by 2050.
The Best European Airport award will be presented to the airport that has shown outstanding achievement in these areas, with airports competing in five different categories based on passenger traffic volumes in 2019.
The deadline for airports to submit applications is April 28.
“Airports are entering a new era, advancing across an interconnected spectrum of resilience, leadership, innovation, digitization and sustainability. This brings airport management to the next level, with the widest range of complex stakeholder engagement at the fore,” said ACI Europe Director General Olivier Jankovec.
In addition to the Best European Airport award, the awards portfolio includes dedicated accolades for airports that excel in specific areas of their activity.
These include the Eco-Innovation award, which recognizes outstanding environmental performance and innovative approaches to environmental management, the Digital Transformation award for embracing digitalization and improving operations, the Accessible Airport award for providing accessible services to travelers, and the Human Resources Excellence award for first-class practices and processes in workforce development.
“Each year, our judging panel is struck afresh by the levels of achievement displayed by our industry. I encourage all our members to enter, and allow your partners, passengers and peers to celebrate your vision,” Jankovec added.
The judging panel for the awards comprises representatives from top European and global institutions, aviation bodies and commentators.
ACI Europe represents over 500 airports in 55 countries, facilitating over 90 percent of commercial air traffic in Europe.
Air transport supports 13.5 million jobs, generating 886 billion euros in European economic activity (4.4 percent of GDP). In June 2019, ACI EUROPE members committed to achieving Net Zero carbon emissions for operations under their control by 2050, without offsetting.