Abu Dhabi International Airport crowned overall winner

Kuching – Earlier this week Abu Dhabi International Airport was announced as the winner of the Asia heat of this year’s Routes Marketing Awards. The awards ceremony took place during the Routes Asia Networking Evening hosted by the Ministry of Tourism, Sarawak at the Pullman Kuching Hotel and over 700 aviation professionals were gathered to witness the presentation of the awards and to take part in the 12th Routes Asia – the largest route development event for the entire Asia region.

The event was also attended by Datuk Amar Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg, Sarawak’s Minister for Tourism who presented Abu Dhabi International Airport with their award. Commenting on winning the award, Tony Douglas, CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “It is a great honour to receive the Routes Marketing Award for Asia. This accolade only adds to the growing significance of Abu Dhabi International Airport as a state-of-the-art growing transportation hub in the Asian region.

The award is a result of the commitment of our airport team and airline partners in providing our passengers with the highest levels of services. It also motivates us to continue developing and enhancing our facilities and products to ensure we provide a unique travel experience to all segments of passengers whether arriving, departing or transiting through Abu Dhabi International Airport.”

The annual Routes awards are highly regarded as the most prestigious awards in the industry as they are voted for and judged by the airline network planning community. They provide the airline community with the chance to have their say as to which airport or tourism authority they think provides the best overall marketing services to them whether this relates to their particular relationship, effective results, provision of data and information or innovative techniques to establish new or maintain and develop existing routes.

“We are delighted to announce Abu Dhabi as the winner of this regional heat of our awards and would like to congratulate them and all of our winners,” commented Katie Bland, Director Routes, UBM Live continuing: “In the past 12 months Abu Dhabi has achieved some great results. The airport recorded double digit growth for the fourth year in a row, at 12%, in 2013 and welcomed six new carriers with 49 additional weekly flights operated by foreign airlines.”
Abu Dhabi were also named as the winner from the 4-20 million passengers category with Changi Airport Group ranked top from the over 20 million passengers category. From the under 4 million passengers category Darwin International Airport were honoured and the Destination Award went to Tourism Australia.

As overall winner of this regional heat, Abu Dhabi International Airport will be automatically shortlisted for the World Routes Marketing Awards which will take place at the event in Chicago, 20-23 September 2014. Abu Dhabi joins Tampa International Airport, who were announced as overall winner of the Americas heat last month in San Salvador.

The shortlisted finalists were nominated by airlines and a respected panel of judges made up of senior members of the airline network planning community from the region then reviewed the lists and submissions from the nominated airports in order to determine the winners.

The full list of companies shortlisted under each award category were as follows:

Over 20 Million Passengers

–  Changi Airport Group – Winner
–  Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport – Highly Commended
–  Kunming Changshui International Airport – Highly Commended
–  Melbourne International Airport

4 – 20 Million Passengers

–  Abu Dhabi International Airport – Winner
–  Christchurch International Airport – Highly Commended
–  Bangalore International Airport
–  Nanning Wuxu International Airport
–  Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport

Under 4 Million Passengers

– Darwin International Airport – Winner
– Cambodia Airports Sihanoukville International Airport – Highly
– Clark International Airport
– Ras Al Khaimah International Airport

Destination Marketing Award

– Tourism Australia – Winner
– Philippine Department of Tourism – Highly Commended
– Singapore Tourism Board
– Tourism Malaysia
– Tourism New Zealand

Routes was founded in 1995 as part of the Manchester UK‐based ASM Ltd., a consultancy specialising in the field of route development for airports. www.asm‐global.com. Routes and ASM are part of the UBM Live division of UBM plc.