The winners of the ACI EUROPE Annual Best Airport Award were announced on June 27, in Barcelona, as part of the annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition of the Airports Council of Europe. Hosted by the Spanish Airports Company, AENA, Athens International Airport was awarded as the best airport in the highly competitive category of 25-40 million passengers, at a special ceremony held at the MNAC - National Museum of Catalonia.
With the annual Best Airports Awards, ACI Europe recognizes excellence, achievement and leadership across a range of airport activities for airports of all sizes. Looking to the future in the post-pandemic era, this year's awards emphasized key themes such as sustainability, innovation, operational efficiency and resilience.
The award-winning airports were evaluated by a panel of experts made up of representatives from Aviation Advocacy, ECAC, the European Commission, Flight Global, International Airport Review, the International Transport Forum and the SESAR 3 consortium.
In the 25-40 million passenger category, the winner of this year's award was Athens International Airport, receiving outstanding praise from the judges for its focus on operational resilience and the bold corporate sustainability strategy it implemented.
With its impressive ambition of Net Zero CO2 by 2025, Athens International Airport stood out for its innovative "ROUTE 2025" strategy, which aims to generate energy within the airport. using photovoltaic installations to cover 100% of its electricity needs.
Brussels and Oslo airports also received praise in the same category.