AOA Annual Awards 2017 winners announced

At the AOA Annual Conference last night [Monday 30 October 2017], the winners of the AOA Annual Awards 2017 were announced.

Best Exhibition Stand: Telecom Liechtenstein

Best Solution Provider: London Gatwick Airport – in an increasingly challenging environment for waste disposal, London Gatwick Airport’s innovative biomass solution helped the environment and saved costs for the airport.

London Gatwick Airport was also commended for their app that has enabled effective communication, which is vital to the smooth running of the airport. Gatwick’s app informs a wide variety of stakeholders and at the same time stimulates competition in key areas of operation.

Best Innovator: London City Airport, for their plans for a pioneering new digital air traffic control system which will see London City Airport become the first UK airport to install a remote tower. This is a true innovation that could revolutionise the industry not just in the UK but globally

Rohde & Schwarz was commended for the R&S QPS200 scanner that has improved both security and the customer experience at airports across the UK by having no moving parts and is easier to use, improving throughput.

Best Environmental Award: NATS, for a multi-layered solution that improved fuel, water and power consumption that was self-driven against a self-imposed target.

London Gatwick Airport was commended for tackling the cabin waste problem while benefitting the environment by lowering the CO2 footprint – a transferable solution that sets a new standard.

UK Airports Safety Week – Best Single Activity: Doncaster Sheffield Airport, a clear winner for a well-executed activity focused on an area that is critical to airport workers, which could be used as an activity across UK airports

George Best Belfast City Airport was commended for investing time and focus in broad engagement.

UK Airports Safety Week – Best Community Engagement: George Best Belfast City Airport, for engaging a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders, ensuring all parties are engaged. A well-evidenced submission that stood head and shoulder above the rest.

Southampton International Airport was commended for linking into an educational qualification (GCSE) that will ensure longevity beyond UK Airports Safety Week providing an ongoing link with the local community.

UK Airports Safety Week – Best Overall Campaign: London Gatwick Airport, clearly met all criteria delivering a well-defined and well-executed campaign with clear outcomes.

George Best Belfast City Airport was commended in a very close categories, with Belfast punching above its weight in its engagement, promotion in the broadest sense of health and safety issues and activity programme.

Best General Aviation Airport: Denham Aerodrome

Best Airport (Under 3 million passengers): Cardiff Airport

Best Airport (3-10 million passengers): Belfast International Airport

Best Airport (Over 10 million passengers): London Gatwick Airport

Chief Executive of the AOA, Karen Dee said:

“The AOA Annual Awards are a showcase for the best in the aviation and airport sectors. The winners this year show the vibrant and innovative work going on across the country, improving efficiency, reducing the impact of aviation on the environment and delivering an ever-improving passenger experience.

“The UK Airports Safety Week Awards show the success of the AOA UK Airports Safety Week this year, and the relentless focus the sector has on working with all business, operators and passengers across airports to provide a safe work and travel environment.

“Congratulations to them all!”