ACI EUROPE BEST AIRPORT AWARDS 2024 


Applications are now closed for the ACI EUROPE Best Airport Awards 2024. 
We wish all of the applications luck in their submissions.


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 four area-specific Awards, including Eco-Innovation, Digital Transformation, and HR Excellence.

The award entries will be assessed by a panel of expert judges from the European Commission, SESAR JU,  and other key institutional stakeholders. Winners will be announced at the Conference Dinner at the ACI EUROPE Annual Congress and General Assembly, on Wednesday 3 July in Istanbul, Türkiye.


MEET THE JURY


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


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 5-10 MILLION PASSENGERS CATEGORY - Milano Linate Airport

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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