The finalists of the prestigious Best Airport Awards 2024 have been announced. Get ready to join us at the awards ceremony during the Gala Evening on the 3rd of July at the stunning Esma Sultan Yalısı. This is when the category winners and highly commended airports will be announced. Good luck!


Under 5 million passengers

Belfast City Airport

Rovaniemi Airport

Torino Airport

5-10 million passengers

Brussels South Charleroi Airport

Malta International Airport

Seville Airport

 10-25 million passengers

Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernández Airport

Brussels Airport

London Luton Airport

25-40 million passengers

Athens International Airport

Oslo Airport

 Over 40 million passengers

Heathrow Airport

iGA Istanbul Airport

Rome Fiumicino Airport 


Eco-Innovation Award

Göteborg Landvetter Airport

Heathrow Airport

Toulon Hyères Airport

 Digital Transformation Award

Ljubljana Airport

Rome Fiumicino Airport

Zurich Airport

 HR Excellence Award

Copenhagen Airport

Hermes Airports

Royal Schiphol Group


Andreas Boschen

Executive Director, SESAR Joint Undertaking

Filip Cornelis
Director for Aviation, DG MOVE, European Commission
Young Tae Kim
Secretary General, ITF
Mark Pilling

Aviation Journalist & Editor, AMP Mark Pilling Ltd

Raúl Medina Caballero
Director General, EUROCONTROL
Graham Dunn
Executive Editor, FlightGlobal

The ACI EUROPE Best Airport Awards 2024 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 across-the-board airport resilience encompassing all its aspects, such as strategic, financial, operational, environmental, social, and more. In addition, airports can compete for three area-specific Awards, including Eco-InnovationDigital Transformation, and HR Excellence.

Best Airport Award

A special focus on across-the-board airport resilience 


The ACI EUROPE Best Airport Awards aim to identify excellence and best practices from across its vast membership, from the busiest hubs on the continent to smaller and regional airports punching above their weight. 

The Award winners will have implemented strategies pushing the airport business model into new territories, fostering new value creation models, and embracing transformation and flexibility while taking care of their people and the planet. The winning airports will have demonstrated a forward-thinking approach to airport management, considering external developments without allowing them to dictate their business strategies.

Airports are divided into five categories according to 2023 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, decarbonisation strategies, 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.

2023 Winners:


IN THE 10-25 MILLION PASSENGERS CATEGORY - Helsinki Airport (Porto – Francisco SA Carneiro Airport was also highly commended in this category)

IN THE 25-40 MILLION PASSENGERS CATEGORY - Athens International Airport (Brussels Airport and Avinor Oslo Airport were also highly commended in this category)

IN THE OVER 40 MILLION PASSENGERS CATEGORY - Rome Fiumicino Airport (iGA Istanbul Grand Airport, Barcelona El-Prat Airport and Madrid-Barajas Airport were also highly commended in this category)

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 sub-disciplines: Climate Change, Noise Management, Biodiversity and Wildlife Management, and Circular Economy.

2023 Winner: Gatwick Airport (Vienna International Airport was also highly commended in this category).

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Digital Transformation Award                                 


The Digital Transformation Award, an initiative of the SESAR 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 the implementation of a solution that matches the SESAR vision of the Digital European Sky.

2023 Winner: Prague Airport (Rome Fiumicino Airport was also highly commended in this category).

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HR Excellence Award


ACI EUROPE in partnership with its Leadership and Human Resources Forum, wishes to recognise an HR department from amongst ACI EUROPE Regular Members that has demonstrated excellence in managing human resources and developing the airport workforce for the future. The award aims to give exposure to initiatives that will help the airport community better assess and implement the new procedures and skills needed to develop its workforce. In assessing the applications, the judging panel will consider the various challenges facing HR directors and airport leaders, such as employee mobility, succession planning, training, well-being, change management, sustainability, and digitalisation.

This year, the focus of the award is on Leadership Competence: How HR is Supporting Leadership Capability and Transformation in the Changeable Workplace.

2023 Winner: Bologna Airport (Prague Airport was also highly commended in this category). 

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