- Air Europa, Thai Airways International and Saudi Airlines Cargo best performing airlines.
- Elie Bruyninckx, Jetair, receives Diamond Award.
During the seventh edition of the Brussels Airport Aviation Awards on Thursday 20 March 2014, the awards for the year 2013 were handed out.
Since 2007 Brussels Airport hands out the Awards to airlines and partners that stand out in terms of punctuality and performance, environment and safety and network and route development.
Punctuality and performance
For passenger airlines, the punctuality criterion is the best on-time performance for arrivals and departures at Brussels Airport, i.e. an actual arrival or departure time within 15 minutes of the scheduled time.
For cargo airlines, the performance criterion refers to the number of weekly flights, the number of destinations, the total volume of flown cargo, the volume per flight and the growth in cargo volume.
Punctuality Award Short Haul Airline
Air Europa operates a twice daily service to Madrid and in 2013 achieved a punctuality rate of 94%.
Punctuality Award Long Haul Airline
Thai Airways International carries out four flights a week to Bangkok. In 2013 THAI operated with a punctuality rate of 87%.
Performance Award Cargo Airline
Saudi Airlines Cargo operates an average of 11 flights a week to 7 destinations around the globe and has been the largest cargo airline at Brussels Airport for several years now.
The biannual Diamond Award goes to Elie Bruyninckx, CEO of TUI Belgium, for his important contribution to the development of Belgian aviation through Jetair, the major tour operator in Belgium, and Jetairfly, the second largest airline in the country.
Environment and safety
The environmental and safety awards are granted to partners who in 2013 distinguished themselves in terms of environmental awareness and who contributed to the continuous improvement of safety standards and awareness.
Jetairfly wins the environmental award for the renewal of its fleet with the quietest and most environment-friendly aircraft in its class and for the implementation of new and quieter landing procedures at Brussels Airport.
The safety award goes to Paul McManus, airport manager for Etihad Airways, for the important contribution he made to the improvement of the safety performance and culture on the airport tarmac.
Network and route development
The nominees for the network development awards are airlines that have distinguished themselves by opening new routes or by the growth in passenger numbers or cargo volume carried.
Network Development Award Short Haul Airline
Croatia Airlines, for the frequency increase to Zagreb following Croatia's entry into the European Union and the 41% growth in passenger numbers.
Network Development Award Long Haul Airline
Qatar Airways, for the frequency increase to a daily flight, the introduction of the first B787 Dreamliner on a scheduled service, and the 34% passenger growth.
Network Development Award Cargo Airline
Finnair Cargo for opening a base at Brussels Airport with flights to North-America and Asia.
This award for partners at Brucargo is handed out for the second year. The award winner in this category is FASFC - Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain for the successful cooperation with Brussels Airport in speeding up the cargo flows.