Eleftherios Venizelos named the best in Europe

Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” named the best European airport in 2021 and awarded for excellence during the pandemic.

Athens’ Eleftherios Venizelos was the best this year in the category of airports with 25-40 million passengers, in the framework of the award of the Airports Council International ACI-Europe. Athens Airport honored for its overall performance during the pandemic, the introduction of innovative digital services for passengers, and its commitment to environmental goals.

Every year the prestigious award is given to European airports with outstanding achievements and initiatives. This year’s assessment focused on innovation and digitization of passenger services, and success in meeting the challenges of sustainable airport development.

The jury included figures from the European aviation industry. Among them are EASA CEO Patrick Kai, Eurocontrol CEO Eamonn Brennan, and Henrik Hololei, CEO of the European Directorate General for Transport. The jury noted that the Athens airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”, in the most difficult conditions of the pandemic, used artificial intelligence and the most modern technologies to provide innovative services to passengers, based on the basic principle of Greek hospitality.

The competent jury praised Athens airport’s continued commitment to reducing carbon emissions and maintaining a carbon neutral (level 3+) impeccably, despite the protracted crisis. The progress of Athens International Air Harbor towards achieving the ambitious target of zero CO2 emissions by 2025, as well as the unprecedented efforts to increase the use of renewable energy sources, was overwhelmingly positive.

The awards ceremony took place in Geneva, as part of the ACI Europe Annual Conference and General Assembly. Its participants first met face-to-face after 2019. As noted, the award reinforced the efforts that the AIA is tirelessly making to tackle the global pandemic problem, according to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency.

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