The event was hosted by The Airport Operators’ Association (AOA), a trade organisation founded to represent the voice of UK airports and to influence governments, regulators and opinion formers at national and international level in order to drive the industry forward.
The AOA Awards Dinner is an annual occasion that takes place on the first evening of the AOA Annual Conference, Exhibition & Awards Dinner. The ceremony took place at the Royal Lancaster in London on 30th October and was hosted by esteemed travel writer and broadcaster Simon Calder.
The prestigious event is one of very few aviation focused events that bring many key players together under one roof, including senior representatives from the UK airports sector, government officials and regulators, industry stakeholders, the media and aviation solution providers and suppliers.
Cardiff Airport beat competition from other UK regional airports to be named Best Airport (under 3 million passengers).
Roger Lewis, Chairman of Cardiff Airport, said: “This is a great tribute from our airline colleagues which recognises the hard work of the team at Cardiff Airport over this past year. Most importantly we thank our passengers for their fantastic support. On behalf of the Board, I send our congratulations to everyone who has helped deliver this outstanding accolade.”
Deb Barber, CEO of Cardiff Airport, added: “To be recognised in this way by a leading industry body really is testament to how far we have come. We’ve been on a real journey of transformation in recent years, which continues, and with many more exciting developments still to come. It seems so fitting that Qatar Airways which was named the World’s Best Airline in 2017 will soon be joining the UK’s Best Airport in its size category!”