This year, Brussels Airport Company continues its annual tradition of presenting the Brussels Airport Aviation Awards. The airport bestows these awards to honour those airlines and partners that have distinguished themselves during the preceding year in terms of network and cargo development, environment and safety, and punctuality and performance.
The Network Development Awards go to airlines that have launched new routes or achieved significant growth.
• Short Haul Airline Network Development Award: TAP Air Portugal The 5 nominees in this category were Aeroflot, airBaltic, Loganair, Ryanair and TAP Air Portugal. TAP Air Portugal was ultimately chosen to receive the Short Haul Network Development Award. This was largely thanks to the new route to Porto and the 18% growth in passengers in 2019.
• Long Haul Airline Network Development Award: Air Canada & United. This year, there was not one but two winners in the Long Haul Network Development category. United Airlines received the award thanks to the introduction of the Boeing 787-10 at our airport and to achieving 5% growth in 2019. Air Canada also operated a new aircraft, the B787-9 to our airport and enjoyed a growth of 9%. Ethiopian, Etihad and Thai Airways International were the other nominees in this category.
This year, we are also presenting a Diamond Award. The Diamond Award is not presented each year, but when it is, it goes to an organisation or person that consistently contributes to the successful development of Brussels Airport. This year, the Diamond Award goes to Belgium Slot Coordination.
They ensure that the demand for available time slots are matched to the capacity of the airport. The employees of Belgium Slot Coordination, under the leadership of Didier Hocq, are known for their proactive attitude and are always prepared to help airlines obtain the best possible time slot. In addition, they ensure that all flights are constantly monitored for punctuality and impact on the environment.