GUANGZHOU, 19 September 2018: Brussels Airport won the top marketing award at the World Routes 2018, held in Guangzhou China, 15 to 18 September.
The annual World Routes Marketing Awards took place at the China Import and Export Fair in Guangzhou Monday.
Nominated and judged by airlines, the prestigious ceremony recognises outstanding marketing services that have supported the launch of new air routes, or the development of existing airline services.
Brussels Airport was named the overall winner and also topped the 20 to 50 million passengers category. It was recognised for passing the 25 million-passenger mark for the first time in the airport’s history, despite being located in the most competitive region of Europe.
The Individual Award for Outstanding Contribution to Route Development was presented to Gabriel Schmilovich of the Spanish airline Vueling, who was nominated for the second year in a row and commended for his work in leading a team whose goal was to drastically improve punctuality and the operational model without affecting the productivity or profitability of the company.
Cork Airport, which took home the award for an airport under 4 million passengers, was congratulated for its third consecutive year of growth. 2017 saw the launch of the airport’s first intercontinental route, with a new year-round Norwegian service to Boston/Providence.
Albrecht Dürer Airport Nürnberg was awarded the prize for an airport of 4 to 20 million passengers, having seen growth of 20% p in 2017/18 despite the demise of Air Berlin.
The award for an airport with over 50 million passengers went to Singapore Changi Airport, which has enjoyed a milestone year – passing the 60 million passenger mark in 2017 and seeing double-digit growth from China and India (12% and 16% respectively), gaining 11 new city links as well as opening their fourth terminal in August and being named the Skytrax World’s Best Airport Award for the sixth consecutive year.
The destination award went to Canary Island Tourist Board – Promotur, which oversaw a record 151 new routes in 2017.
Airports and individuals were shortlisted either though the number of airline votes they received via Routesonline, or by achieving passenger and seat capacity growth based on schedules data were asked to prepare a submission to be judged by a panel of airline representatives.
Winner: Gabriel Schmilovich, Vueling
Airport under 4 million passengers
Winner: Cork Airport
Highly commended: Shannon Airport
Airport 4-20 million passengers
Winner: Albrecht Dürer Airport Nürnberg
Highly commended: Prague Airport
Airport 20-50 million passengers
Winner: Brussels Airport
Highly commended: Dublin Airport
Airport Over 50 million passengers
Winner: Singapore Changi Airport
Highly commended: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Winner: Canary Islands Tourist Board – Promotur
Highly commended: Cape Town Air