Shannon Airport is celebrating after winning the Airport Achievement Award for 2014/2015 from the European Regions Airline Association (ERA Airport of the Year).
The award was announced at a ceremony at the Catalunya Congress Centre in Barcelona.
Earlier in the week the airport, which was in decline in public ownership, won a World Routes Award in Chicagobest international marketing in its category of airports with under four million passengers.
In June Shannon won the inaugural Airport Achievement Award at the Irish Aviation Industry Awards.
It is the first time an Irish airport has won overall ERA award previous winners of the award include London City, Budapest and Munich Airports.
Judges said they were struck by how the airport had ended five years of “seemingly interminable decline” by attracting new airline customers and making a profit in its first year as an independent entity.
The aim of the award is to recognise the best achievement(s) by an airport over the previous 12 months, which has had a positive impact on intra-European air transport operations. It also aims to foster airline-airport partnerships and encourage best practice. The Award also provides a significant opportunity for the winner to raise its profile both locally and within the international air transport community.
It is judged by a panel of leading experts drawn from the aviation industry, including past and present CEOs of European airlines and airport consultants.
Last year, in just its first year as an independent entity, Shannon managed to halt five successive years of passenger numbers decline and significant losses by breaking even and marginally growing passenger numbers. This year the airport hopes to achieve double digit growth on the back of securing a range of new routes, particularly across its European network.
Said Shannon Group Chairman Rose Hynes: “Shannon was on a downward cycle when it was made independent. But we not alone convinced Government that independence could work but have been very busy making it work since and we don’t intend there to be any let up.
“We said we would stop the decline in year one and move onto growth mode in year two and we are on target for that. We have delivered on our side of the bargain by securing a wide range of new routes and the region we serve has responded, from Cork right up to the North West, in return.”