PRESS RELEASE: Routes Europe Awards 2013 Winners Announced

Munich crowned overall winner at second regional heat of 2013

14thMay 2013, Budapest, Hungary

Munich Airport was announced as the overall winner of the third heat of this year’s Routes Awards last night at a spectacular networking evening which took place at Terminal One of Budapest Airport.  Over 1,000 aviation professionals were gathered to witness the presentation of the awards and to take part in the 8th Routes Europe – the largest route development event for the entire Europe region to date.

“We are really looking forward now to the World Routes awards and we are very optimistic,” said Alexander Schroll, Director, Traffic Development for Munich Airport, speaking just after receiving the award.  “We are very happy to receive this award and very excited because the competition in Europe is becoming very fierce between the airports so it’s great to be number one again after a couple of years!”

Nigel Mayes, VP Commercial, Routes, UBM Live commented:  “After much deliberation our panel of judges felt that Munich should take the overall winner crown due to quality of their submission combined with their consistent growth and ability to continually attract new airlines including Ukraine International Airlines and Vueling.”

The Routes Awards recognise and reward the highest standards of marketing activities undertaken by airports and tourism authorities.  The 2013 awards will see a number of innovations including taking a blended approach to the nomination process, meaning the final nominees included a number of the fastest growing airports in Europe, those who were shortlisted by airlines using our online voting form together with a number of airports who were selected by a panel of industry experts drawn from the airline network planning community.  This year the awards were split into three categories based on the size of the airport and also a new tourism award for best destination marketing campaign by a tourism authority.

A complete list of companies shortlisted under each award category is below:

Over 20 Million Passengers

Munich Airport - Winner

Rome FCO Airport - Highly Commended

Vienna International Airport - Highly Commended

Frankfurt Airport

Istanbul Ataturk Airport, TAV

4 – 20 Million Passengers

Athens International Airport - Winner

Dublin Airport - Highly Commended

Marseille Provence Airport - Highly Commended

Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport

Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport

Prague Airport

Under 4 Million Passengers

Aberdeen International Airport - Winner

Krakow Airport – Highly Commended

Tallinn Airport – Highly Commended

London City Airport

London Southend Airport

Destination Marketing Award

Turismo de Tenerife - Winner

Malta Tourism – Highly Commended

Valencia Tourism – Highly Commended

Wonderful Copenhagen

Tourism Ireland

As overall winner of this regional heat, Munich Airport will be automatically shortlisted for the World Routes Airport Marketing Awards which will take place at the event in Las Vegas, 5th – 8th October 2013.  Join San Diego International Airport and Changi Airport Group who were announced as overall winner of the Americas and Asia heats respectively, earlier in the year.

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Notes to Editors

About Routes

  • Routes organises world-renowned airline and airport networking events through its regional and global Route Development Forums. Each year, there is one global event and one regional event in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and CIS respectively.
  • 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‐
  • Routes and ASM were acquired by UBM Aviation Worldwide Ltd in August 2010.  From 1stAugust 2012 Routes, ASM and the Airport Cities Conference and Exhibition become part of the UBM Live division of UBM plc.
  • UBM Live connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets.  Through premiere brands such as MD&M, CPhI, IFSEC, TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show, the Routes portfolio of events, Airport Cities and many others, UBM Live exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.

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