Brussels Airport’s 2018 Aviation Awards – anna.aero attends ceremony
On 27 February, Brussels Airport hosted its annual aviation awards ceremony, the 12th time that it has hosted the prize giving evening. The airport bestows these awards to honour those airlines and partners that have distinguished themselves over the preceding year in terms of network and cargo development, environment and safety, and punctuality and performance. The evening also proved to be a great networking event, with all of the airport’s partners able to mingle and talk developments for the coming year. To celebrate the awards even more, Brussels Airport invited anna.aero to be part of the evening’s festivities, with Aviation Development Editor Jonathan Ford flying to the Belgian capital to take part.
Before revealing the identity of the award winners, here is a background summary of the developments that took place at Brussels Airport in 2018. The Belgian hub welcomed 25,675,939 passengers, with this representing a 3.6% increase versus the levels it processed in 2017. Looking at the cargo sector, the airport in total, across belly, full freighter, trucked and integrator cargo operations, processed 731,613 tons, with this representing a 5.8% increase in cargo handled in 2018 versus the previous year.
The biggest network developments last year included the arrival of Cathay Pacific Airways and Georgian Airways, with the two airlines launching new routes from Hong Kong and Tbilisi respectively. A long-haul route to Shenzhen was also inaugurated by Hainan Airlines, complementing its existing services to Beijing and Shanghai Pudong. Flights to Mombasa and Puerto Plata were also introduced by TUI Airlines Belgium, otherwise known as TUIfly, while new European and Middle East connections in 2018 included Amman, Rennes, Kavala and Lesbos. Overall, nine new destinations were added to Brussels’ departure boards in 2018.
Short-Haul Airline Network Development: WINNER – Georgian Airways and TUI fly
This year, the award for short-haul airline network development was won by two airlines. Georgian Airways was one of the winners, being presented with the prize for the commencement of a twice-weekly service from Tbilisi, while the other award-winner was TUIfly, with it being handed the trophy for the further expansion of its holiday flight network from Brussels Airport to new destinations including Kalamata and Lesbos, while the airline itself also saw passenger growth from the airport in excess of 10% in 2018. The other nominees in this category were Air France, Brussels Airlines and Iberia.
Long-Haul Airline Network Development:WINNER – Cathay Pacific Airways
Since the summer season of 2018, Cathay Pacific Airways has operated a four times weekly service from Hong Kong using their state-of-the-art A350-900s, with the service being a year-round operation. Other nominees in this category at this year’s awards were: Ethiopian Airlines, Hainan Airlines, RwandAir and TUIfly, with Ethiopian Airlines going non-stop to Addis Ababa, Hainan Airlines opening direct flights from Shenzhen, RwandAir expanding its passenger numbers to Kigali, and TUIfly adding more long-haul leisure destinations to its network from the Belgian capital.
Cargo Airline Network Development Award: WINNER – LATAM Cargo
LATAM Cargo launched new cargo flights from the South American continent via Miami to Brussels Airport in 2018. The other nominees in this category were Asiana Airlines, Avianca Cargo, DHL Aviation and Turkish Airlines.
Short-Haul Airline Punctuality Award: WINNER – Eurowings
Eurowings was the most punctual airline in 2018, with an on-time performance of 86% for its three daily flights to Stuttgart. Eurowings also operated flights to Berlin Tegel and Salzburg in 2018. The other most punctual short-haul airlines were Aeroflot, Iberia, Finnair and KLM.
Long-Haul Airline Punctuality Award: WINNER – All Nippon Airways
All Nippon Airways was the long-haul flight winner for the second consecutive year, achieving an on-time performance of 88% for its daily flights to Tokyo Narita in 2018. The other nominees in this category were Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Thai Airways. All Nippon Airways has served Brussels since 25 October 2015, with it operating the route today using 787-9s, upgraded from the 787-8s that were used during the first few years of the route’s operation.
Cargo Airline Performance Award: WINNER – Singapore Airlines Cargo
Singapore Airlines operates an extensive network from Brussels Airport to America and Asia. The other nominees in the category were Asiana Airlines, Avianca Cargo, DHL Aviation and Turkish Airlines.
BRUcargo Award: WINNER – Worldwide Flight Services (WFS)
Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) pursued an open and constructive collaboration with the airlines and invested in new state-of-the-art facilities last year, with its investment landing them the BRUcargo Award for 2018. The other nominees were Brinks, Brussels Airlines, Nallian and YAN – Young Airfreight Network.
Logistics Provider Award: WINNER – DHL Global Forwarding
In 2018, DHL Global Forwarding assumed a leading role in new pharma and BRU Cloud digitisation projects. The other nominees were Bpost, Freight4U Logistics, Kuehne + Nagel and Skyfas.
Environment Award: WINNER – Thai Airways
Thai Airways International bagged this year’s environment award in recognition of its modern A350-900, which flies to Bangkok five times a week, and has the best per passenger performance in terms of noise and emissions.
Safety Award: WINNER – Tec4Jets
Tec4Jets demonstrates a particularly positive and pro-active attitude towards aviation safety and thus scarcely features in the accident and incident statistics at Brussels Airport. Tec4Jets is ‘best in class’ for audits and support in training and sharing of expertise.