AOA Awards 2016 winners announced

At the AOA Annual Conference last night, the winners of the 2016 AOA Awards were announced.

Best Exhibition Stand: Vanderlande

Best Innovator: Babcock International Group, for their unique solution from concept to completion, addressing a specific airport issue, creating a single source of real-time information for over 100 stakeholders which dramatically improved the efficiency of communication.

Vanderlande was commended for their impressive submission where the customer praised them for their innovation and creativity, which contributed to a successful project improving capacity by 38%.

Best Business Partner: Hydrock, in recognition of their strong partnership approach across airport processes, their understanding of airport needs and the strong value they add in solving problems.

Wilson James was highly commended in the Best Business Partner category for their impressive engagement with the local community.

Best Consultancy: Osprey Consulting Services, for demonstrating the great operations benefit to airports based on multi-agency working to develop solutions, freeing up staff and protecting airports long-term.

SafeSkys Ltd was commended for a their demonstration of collaborative working to solve problems and provide training to futureproof the solution.

Best Service Provider: Met Office, in recognition of the way they work to the customer’s requirements, improving on the existing product and continuously looking to improve on their offering.

Omniserve Ltd was commended for its impressive demonstration of taking the customer’s values to heart.

Best Small Business:, for the way they have responded and worked closely with customers, adding value through a connected reporting environment that enables the customer to respond quickly.

Flight Calibration Services were commended for their clear demonstration of offering valuable service to the airport environment.

Best Environmental Initiative: Belfast International Airport, for their excellent Light Source project, which is a first of its kind in Ireland. The airport is saving 27% of its previous electricity consumption, with solar power making a valuable contribution to lowering their carbon footprint.

Luton Airport was highly commended in the Best Environmental Initiative category because of its excellent demonstration of wider environmental benefits.

Best Manufacturer: Aebi Schmidt, in recognition of their impressive work with Dublin Airport over the past twelve months.

Cobalt Light Systems was commended in the Best Manufacturer category.

Best General Aviation Airport: Gloucestershire Airport

Best Airport (Under 3 million passengers): London Southend Airport

Best Airport (3-10 million passengers): Glasgow Airport

Best Airport (Over 10 million passengers): Heathrow Airport

Chief Executive of the AOA, Darren Caplan said:

“The AOA Awards showcase the best in the aviation and airport sectors. The 2016 winners demonstrate the vibrant and innovative work going on across the UK and Ireland, improving efficiency, reducing the impact of aviation on the environment and delivering an ever-improving passenger experience.

“Congratulations to them all!”