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European airports rewarded at the third regional Heat Of The Routes Airport marketing awards

European airports rewarded at the third regional Heat Of The Routes Airport marketing awards ( Athens Airport was declared the overall winner in the third regional heat of the internationally accredited Routes Marketing Awards held in Prague earlier this week. The awards were presented at the gala dinner of the 4th Routes Europe.

There were four categories: Scandinavia&the Baltics, Western Europe, Mediterranean&Southern Europe and Central&Eastern Europe. Riga International Airport (Latvia) triumphed in Scandinavia&the Baltics. Brussels Airport (Belgium) was crowned winner of the Western Europe category. The Mediterranean&Southern Europe saw Athens International Airport (Greece) the winner, and Hamburg Airport (Germany) won the final category of Central&Eastern Europe.

As the overall winner for the entire Europe region Athens Airport will now be automatically entered into the shortlist for the Routes World Airport Marketing Awards, to be held at World Routes in Beijing from the 13th to the 15th of September 2009. There they will compete against winners from other regional Routes events: Routes Americas (Dallas/Fort Worth), Routes Asia (Christchurch) and Routes Africa (to be decided in Marrakech, 7-9th June).

Routes Marketing Awards are internationally accredited and deemed to be the most prestigious in the industry. This is because they are the only award based purely on rewarding excellence in route development and nominated only by airlines.

Routes is pleased to announce the full list of winners:

Scandinavia&the Baltics

Winner: Riga International Airport (Latvia)

Highly Commended: Copenhagen Airport (Denmark) and Stockholm Arlanda Airport (Sweden)

Western Europe

Winner: Brussels Airport (Belgium)

Highly Commended: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (The Netherlands) and Dublin Airport (Ireland)

Mediterranean&Southern Europe

Winner: Athens International Airport (Greece)

Central&Eastern Europe

Winner: Hamburg Airport (Germany)

Highly Commended: Munich Airport (Germany) and Zurich Airport (Switzerland)

Overall winner

Athens International Airport (Greece)

About Routes

- Routes – The World Route Development Forum – is the world renowned annual airline and airport networking event. Routes facilitates and encourages the role of airports in the development of air services through organising global and region specific airline/airport networking forums.
- This year’s World Route Development Forum will take place in Beijing, China, 13th-15th September.
- Routes Regional events include Routes Americas, Routes Asia, Routes Europe and Routes Africa.
- Routes was founded in 1995 by Chairman Mike Howarth as part of the Manchester UK-based ASM Ltd., a consultancy specialising in the field of route development for airports.
- Both companies are now subsidiaries of RDG –The Route Development Group – which is the leading global solutions provider in the strategically important ‘route development’ sector of air transport.
- In April 2007, Routes also won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2007. The award, for outstanding business performance and commercial success, recognised Routes’ sustained contribution to aviation route development through its innovative Regional and World Route Development Forums.

For further press information please contact Nadine Wenn at:

The Route Development Group (RDG)
T: +44 (0)161 234 2711
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113-115 Portland Street
Manchester M1 6DW

Thomas Steinmetz Email: Telefon: 1-808-536-1100

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