Minister Donohoe welcomes Irish airports’ success in aviation awards

2nd October, 2014

Cork, Shannon and Dublin secure awards in recognition of the hard work and efforts of the sector


The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, has today (Thursday) welcomed the latest win for an Irish airport in international aviation awards.  The Airport Achievement Award 2014/2015, which was presented to Shannon Airport last night by the European Regions Airlines Association (ERA) at a ceremony in Barcelona, comes on the back of a number of awards secured in recent weeks and months.


Congratulating Shannon Airport, Minister Donohoe, said: ‘This award, together with other awards recently won by Dublin and Cork, recognises the very positive developments happening at Irish airports in recent years. Previous winners of the award include London City, Budapest and Munich.


“This follows Shannon and Dublin Airports’ success last week at the World Routes Conference in Chicago. These awards, which are voted by airlines worldwide and are divided into four categories based on airport size, are for excellence in marketing. Dublin Airport won the World Routes Award for airports that handle between 20 million and 50 million passengers per year.  In doing so, Dublin defeated the other shortlisted contenders including Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Munich and Seattle Tacoma. At the same conference Shannon Airport won the award for best marketing of airports in the under 4 million passengers category, beating airports in Bremen and Cuneo in Italy.


“Cork Airport has also been successful recently and in June this year won the Customer Service Award at the inaugural Aviation Industry Awards, sponsored by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).  The award was to recognise customer service excellence in the Irish aviation sector.  This award is the second Customer Service accolade given to Cork Airport over recent months, as it was placed first for overall customer satisfaction in a respected global survey of passengers carried out by Airports Council International (ACI). This saw Cork Airport beat 61 regional airports worldwide to be ranked as the world’s best regional airport for customer service by business and leisure travellers.


“As an Island nation, we punch well above our weight when it comes to international recognition for the quality of our airports. Aviation access infrastructure is of strategic importance to Ireland as around 84% of all passenger movements into and out of Ireland are by air.  Our airports are the gateways to our country and have a significant role to play in supporting our small, open economy. I commend all involved in bringing home these accolades on their hard work and effort and look forward to more to come in the future.”