ACI EUROPE BEST AIRPORT AWARDS 2023

The ACI EUROPE Best Airport Awards 2023 recognise excellence and achievement across a whole range of disciplines of airport activity. This year, the main award category, the Best European Airport, will focus on operational resilience and sustainability in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 recovery and in line with the airport industry-wide commitment to Net Zero CO2 emissions by 2050. In addition, airports can compete for four area-specific Awards, including Eco-Innovation, Digital Transformation, Accessibility and HR Excellence.

The award entries will be assessed by a panel of expert judges from the European Commission, ECAC, EUROCONTROL, EASA, SESAR JU, ITF and other key institutional stakeholders. Winners will be announced on the 27 June 2023 during the Gala Dinner of the ACI EUROPE / World Annual General Assembly, Conference & Exhibition in Barcelona, Spain.

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MEET THE JURY

Andreas Boschen, Executive Director, SESAR

Andrew Charlton, Managing Director, Aviation Advocacy Ltd

Filip Cornelis, Director for Aviation, DG Move

Graham Dunn, Editorial Director, Flight Global

Holly Miles, Editor, International Airport Review

Mark Pilling, Aviation Journalist & Editor, AMP Mark Pilling Ltd

Patricia Reverdy, Executive Secretary, ECAC

Young Tae Kim, Secretary General, ITF

Best Airport Awards

A special focus on operational resilience and sustainability

This year our Best Airport Awards will reflect and recognise airport operational preparedness and resilience in gearing towards full recovery to pre-pandemic traffic levels, while focusing on the airport industry’s sustainability goals, in particular its ambitions and actions as regards decarbonisation in line with the Net Zero by 2050 commitment.

Airports are divided into five categories according to 2019 passenger traffic (under 5 million, 5-10 million, 10-25 million, 25-40 million and over 40 million) and will be judged on excellence and achievement in the areas of operational management, leadership and crisis communications, adaptability and resilience-building at every level of the organisation, staff training and best practice and commercial management, within the context of the airport’s sustainability strategy and financial recovery.

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Eco-Innovation Award

The ACI EUROPE Eco-Innovation Award, in association with Airport Carbon Accreditation, will be presented to the airport that has demonstrated outstanding environmental performance and an innovative approach to environmental management.

To compete for this award, airports need to provide details of one innovative project in one of the following subdisciplines: Climate Change, Noise Management, Biodiversity and Wildlife Management, Circular Economy.

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Digital Transformation Award

The Digital Transformation Award, an initiative of the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking in collaboration with ACI EUROPE, will recognise a European airport that has embraced digitalisation, adopting innovative technologies and procedures to improve the safety, capacity, efficiency and environmental footprint of its operations.

To compete for this award, airports are required to provide details of implementation of a solution that matches the SESAR vision of the Digital European Sky.

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Accessible Airport Award

This award aims to recognise the most accessible airport for persons with disabilities and persons with reduced mobility. ACI EUROPE is once more partnering with the European Disability Forum this year to identify an exemplar airport in providing accessible services to travellers. This means managing their facilities in strict compliance with the EU Regulation 1107/2006 and going the extra mile in the quest to remove the barriers that persons with disabilities still face when travelling by air.

 

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HR Excellence Award

Recognising that Human Resources management is crucial for the strategic development of an airport, this award aims to reward airport HR departments implementing first-class practices and processes to develop the industry’s workforce. Created in close partnership with the ACI EUROPE Leadership and HR Forum, the HR Excellence Award looks at various challenges facing HR directors and airport leaders, such as employee mobility, succession planning, training, wellbeing, change-management, sustainability and digitalisation.

This year, the award will focus on the social pillar of sustainability, with airport HR departments requested to demonstrate their projects and initiatives aimed at improvement in this area.

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BEST AIRPORT AWARDS WINNERS 2022

For more information regarding the ACI EUROPE Best Airport Awards, please contact Alison Grinter at alison@aviationmedia.aero