Arnaud Feist receives Man of the Year Award 2016 from Aviation Press Club 

October 12, 2016

The Aviation Press Club of Belgium and Luxembourg has conferred the title of Man of the Year 2016 on Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company. Feist has received the award for the remarkable development Brussels Airport underwent in 2015 under his leadership and for the good contacts he has with journalists.


I am very honoured to receive the Man of the Year Award from the Aviation Press Club. 2015 was a remarkable year for Brussels Airport, with the opening of Connector and a record 23.5 million passengers. This year, Brussels Airport is facing different challenges. After the attacks on 22 March, we had to rebuild the airport and regain the confidence of passengers. The award may have been conferred for 2015, but I would like to dedicate it to all airport staff who, in 2016, gave of their best to make Brussels Airport even stronger and better than it was before, says Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company.


The Aviation Press Club conferred the Man of the Year 2015 on Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company, for the accomplishments of the airport in 2015 under his leadership.  2015 was an exceptional year for Brussels Airport. Early in the year, the Connector Building was opened, the above-ground connection between the terminal and Pier A, it was the largest investment made by the airport in the past 10 years. The airport received a record number of 23.5 million passengers and freight transport saw a vigorous growth of nearly 8% compared with 2014.


In 2015, Brussels Airport welcomed airline ANA, a new Star Alliance partner, which operates daily direct connections between Brussels and Tokyo.  The airport innovated its own cargo services with the air-side pharma transporter for temperature-sensitive cargo. A new reception building was opened for welcoming ceremonial and formal guests to the airport.


The annual Man of the Year award from the Aviation Press Club of Belgium and Luxembourg honours a person from the aviation industry who has distinguished themselves in the sector in Belgium or Luxembourg and at the same time has contributed to smooth contacts with the press. The decision to confer the Man of the Year award on Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport, was taken before the attacks on Brussels Airport on 22 March. The presentation of the Award was also delayed until now because of this.

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