Routes World 2023

As the industry continues to recover from the impact of the pandemic, the Routes Awards will celebrate the outstanding achievements of our community in restoring global air connectivity.

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About the Routes Awards

As the recovery continues to highlight, the partnerships between airlines, airports and the destinations they serve have never been more important. The Routes Awards celebrate this collaboration and highlight best practice within the route development community.

From individual leadership to results-driven marketing support, the awards are voted for and judged by members of the route development community. This is your opportunity to recognise the individuals and organisations that are innovative in their approach and leading the way.

What are the categories for the Routes Awards?

Airport Awards


The Airport Awards highlight the organisations which have excelled in route development marketing. Split into new size categories, they showcase the marketing support that airports have provided to their airline partners in the past twelve months.

This category will be voted for by airlines. 

Destination Award

Tourism Authorities

The Destination Award champions the marketing support provided by destinations to their airline partners. The award acknowledges tourism authorities whose marketing activities have had a real impact on their future network development plans.

This category will be voted for by airlines.

Airline Award


The Airline Award celebrates the carriers that have provided significant support to airports and destinations in generating economic growth to regions. The accolade focuses on the importance of partnership in achieving successful and profitable routes.

This category will be voted for by airports and destinations.

Individual Leadership

Individual Leadership

The Individual Leadership Award celebrates the lifetime achievement of an individual within the route development community, recognizing their contribution to the industry during the course of their career.

This category is open to applicants in a leadership role. It will be on a self-nominating basis, where they can put themselves forward or be nominated by a colleague.

Rising Star

Rising Star

The Rising Star Award recognises the potential of individuals who are in the early stages of their career, who may be young but are already making an impact in the industry.

This category is open to applicants with five years or less experience in the route development industry. It will be on a self-nominating basis, where they can put themselves forward or be nominated by a colleague.

Routes Awards Schedule

Voting opens Monday 10 July 2023
Voting closes Friday 11 August 2023
Companies and individuals shortlisted Tuesday 15 August 2023
Deadline for submissions to be received by Routes Friday 15 September 2023
Results announced at Routes World in Istanbul Monday 16 October 2023

Frequently asked questions

Who makes the shortlist?

When voting closes, airports and destinations are split into their relevant categories and their scores are calculated, based on the airline votes they have received. For the airline category, the number of votes is calculated and those carriers with the most votes from airports and destinations are shortlisted. For individual categories, initial nominations are reviewed by an editorial panel looking for evidence of the judging criteria. 

How will I know if I am shortlisted?

A member of the Routes team will contact you with details of the submission requirements and judging criteria on Tuesday 15 August. 

Who scores the submissions?

The judging panel for the airport and destination categories is drawn from key figures from the airline network planning community. The judging panel for the individual leadership, rising star and airline categories is an editorial panel from industry publications.

When are the winners announced?

The winners will be announced at the Routes World Networking Evening in Istanbul.

Ellie Wells

For further information about the Routes Awards

Ellie Wells
Head of Marketing