The trade body representing airports – the Airports Operators Association – awarded Gatwick ‘Best Airport’ on Monday, in a ceremony that also saw the airport’s waste plant awarded ‘Best Solution’ and its airfield safety team win ‘Best Overall Campaign’.
Gatwick won ‘Best Airport’ in the over 10 million passengers category.
The airport’s new waste plant won ‘Best Solution’ as it is the first in the world that can treat Category 1 aircraft waste onsite rather than transport it offsite for specialist incineration or deep landfill storage. The new facility also:
· Converts waste into renewable energy
· Lifts the airport’s recycling rate to 64% (June 2017) – the best rate for any UK airport
· Reduces Gatwick’s water consumption by 2 million litres per annum
· Reduces waste related vehicle journeys by 50%
Gatwick’s airfield safety team also won ‘Best Overall Campaign’ for its safety week after the AOA said it “clearly met all criteria delivering a well-defined and well-executed campaign with clear outcomes”, including delivering 16 separate safety related activities, with over 400 workers from 25 separate organisations visiting the mobile airside safety bus alone.
Gatwick was also commended for its Airport Community App that has enabled effective communication among 10,000 airport staff at Gatwick. The AOA said: “Gatwick’s app informs a wide variety of stakeholders and at the same time stimulates competition in key areas of operation.”
The awards come just days after Gatwick was award Airport of the Year at the National Transport Awards.
Chris Woodroofe, Chief Operating Officer, Gatwick Airport, said:
“These awards are testament to the hard work and commitment of our staff and I would like to thank them for their collective efforts over the last twelve months. I am immensely proud of the way that Gatwick has transformed itself into a world-leading airport and there is more to come. We are only half way through our £2.7 billion investment programme and we will continue to introduce the latest innovations and facilities going forwards so our passengers have the very best airport experience.”
The AOA press release on the awards can be found here.
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