- Ekaterinburg Koltsovo Airport crowned overall winner in final regional
heat of 2013
DONETSK, Ukraine, July 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Ekaterinburg Koltsovo 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 in the grounds of the Donbass Arena, Donetsk hosted by
International Airport Donetsk Sergey Prokofiev. Almost 300 aviation
professionals were gathered to witness the presentation of the awards
and to take part in the 3rd Routes CIS - the only route development event for the entire CIS
The Russian airport, host of last year's Routes CIS forum, was
recognised for its strong passenger growth in 2012 and a submission
that clearly illustrated how they worked closely with their partner
carriers on the introduction of new services. During the last calendar
year the airport attracted a plethora of operators including Aegean
Airlines, Alitalia, Ukraine International Airlines, Azerbaijan
Airlines, Orenburg Airlines and lesser known carrier such as Air
Bishkek, East Air, Severstal and Kogalymavia.
"Ekaterinburg Koltsovo Airport has delivered true route development
results over the past year," said Nigel Mayes, VP Commercial - Routes,
UBM Live, during his awards presentation. "The airport achieved a
passenger growth of 13 per cent in 2012 and the judges felt that with
their working relationship with all of their partners that they were
worthy as overall winner from the CIS region."
The award was collected by Andrey Klimenko, Deputy Commercial Director
of Koltsovo Airport's parent group, Airports of Regions, and Ilona
Fominykh, Head of Marketing at the company. "This is just awesome,"
said a clearly delighted but shocked Fominykh after discovering the
results. "I can't put into words just how excited I feel that we have
been recognised for this prestigious award. It was quite a surprise
for us, but a great one."
"I would like to thank all the airlines that voted for us. This is a
clear sign of appreciation for the efforts our whole team has put into
our airline relations and air service development and shows that what
we are trying to achieve at Ekaterinburg and now also at the other
airports under the Airports of Regions banner, is a successful
formula," she added.
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
those who were shortlisted by airlines using Routes' 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 two categories based on the size
of the airport.
Alongside the overall award, Ekaterinburg were also named as the winner
from the 'Under 4 Million Passengers' category with Pulkovo Saint
Petersburg Airport ranked top from the 'Over 4 Million Passengers'
category. Tbilisi International Airport and Kyiv - Boryspil
International Airport were also highly commended by the panel of
airline judges who studied this year's entries. These included Tony
Whitby, Director of Planning, Air Arabia; Ignacio Bosch, Network
Planning Analyst, Vueling and Angelika Perepelova, Deputy Head of
Network Development, Rossiya Airlines.
The full list of companies shortlisted under each award category was as
Over 4 Million Passengers
Pulkovo Saint Petersburg Airport - Winner
Kyiv - Boryspil International Airport - Highly Commended
Domodedovo International Airport
Sheremetyevo International Airport
Vnukovo International Airport
Under 4 Million Passengers
Ekaterinburg Koltsovo Airport - Winner & Overall Winner
Tbilisi International Airport - Highly Commended
Almaty International Airport
Astana International Airport
Karagandy International Airport
As overall winner of this regional heat, Ekaterinburg will be
automatically shortlisted for the World Routes Airport Marketing Awards
which will take place at the event in Las Vegas, 5-8 October 2013.
Ekaterinburg join San Diego International Airport, Changi Airport
Group, Munich Airport and Kilimanjaro International Airport who were
announced as overall winners of the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa
heats respectively, earlier in the year.
Notes to Editors
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. http://www.routesonline.com
Routes was founded in 1995 as part of the Manchester UK-based ASM Ltd.,
a consultancy specialising in the field of route development for
Routes and ASM were acquired by UBM Aviation Worldwide Ltd in August
2010. From 1st August 2012 Routes, ASM and the Airport Cities Conference and
Exhibition become part of the UBM Live division of UBM plc.
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five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new
products, promote their brands and expand their markets. Through
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programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies
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