The 2013 Air Transport News Awards Ceremony took place in a spectacular setting in presence of the leaders of the air transport industry.
Turkish Airlines was awarded the Airline of the Year. Dr Temel Kotil, CEO said: “On behalf of Turkish Airlines, I am much honored to receive such a significant award as “Airline of the Year” from Air Transport News since it is a distinguished online information source for our industry.
As a result of our ‘’zero-tolerance for laziness and bad intentions” principle, and of our love and care for our business and passengers, this award once again proves that Turkish Airlines is definitely the world’s rising star in aviation.
We highly appreciate this award as it will boost our ambitions for harder work to be always the best in our business” Istanbul Ataturk Airport was awarded the Airport of the Year category. Dr Sani ŞENER, CEO/Executive Board Member, TAV Airports Holding stated that: "It is a great honor to be selected by a distinguished group of aviation industry experts as the 2013 Airport of the Year.
It is also a great achievement to realize this award at a time when Istanbul Ataturk Airport is growing at an exceptional 20% rate every year - and is therefore a tribute to all our staff that TAV is consistently able to maintain very high industry standards amid increasingly complex operational challenges. I am personally very gratified that although our beginnings as a company was only 13 short years ago, we stand today at the pinnacle of our industry".
In the newly established categories AirAsia was the winner of the Low Cost of Year category and Genève Aéroport Airport of the Year 10-30 Million Passengers. Accepting the awards AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, “We are greatly honoured to be presented the 2013 Air Transport News ‘Low Cost Airline of the Year’ award, one of the aviation industry’s prestigious honours. Our never-ending dedication in providing premium services with low fares, constant innovations and matchless synergy of our short-haul and long-haul networks have greatly contributed to our success as the best low cost airline in the world. It is simply amazing to think that 11 years ago we only had 2 old planes in operation, and now we are operating 120 planes in five countries and continue to be the most profitable airline, despite volatile economic conditions. Thank you for the great honour bestowed upon us. We are deeply flattered and this award is truly a great start to 2013.”
In particular, the winners by category are as follows:
* Regional Aircraft Manufacturer of the Year: Bombardier
* Aircraft Manufacturer of the Year: Airbus
* Engine Manufacturer of the Year: Rolls-Royce
* Ground Handler of the Year: Çelebi Holding
* IT Company of the Year: SITA
* MRO Company of the Year: Lufthansa Technik
* Airline Alliance of the Year: Star Alliance
* Airport of the Year under 10 Million Passengers: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
* Airport of the Year 10-30 Million Passengers: Genève Aéroport
* Airport of the Year: Istanbul Ataturk Airport
* Cargo Airline of the Year: FedEx
* Regional Airline of the Year: SilkAir
* Low Cost Airline of the Year: AirAsia
* Airline of the Year: Turkish Airlines
* George Iatrou Lifetime Achievement Award: Professor Tae Oum, President, ATRS
* Woman of the Year: Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI* Leader of the Year: Raymond Benjamin, Secretary General, ICAO