Shannon Airport scoops international award

Shannon Airport scoops international award

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Shannon Airport has scooped a major international award in China beating off stiff competition from other shortlisted entrants including and Belfast City and Cork Airport’s.

For the second time in three years the airport claimed the ‘Best Marketing of Airports’ award at the World Routes Marketing Awards 2016 in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China.

Others shortlisted in the airports under 4 million passengers category were Halifax International, Aruba, Belfast City Airport and Cork Airport.

The annual Routes Marketing Awards are widely regarded as the most valuable awards in the industry and Shannon’s second win in three years keeps up a remarkable record since the airport was separated in 2013.

Both last year and in 2013 Shannon was ‘Highly Commended’ in the category, giving the airport four podium finishes in four successive years since it was separated.  The global awards are voted on exclusively by airlines and recognise the marketing and promotional activities of airports and tourism destinations globally. 

They are held at the World Routes Networking Evening – one of the premier networking events for the airline industry at the annual World Routes event, which is this year taking place over three days in China and ends tomorrow.  Over the three days, 3,000 high profile delegates take part in over 15,000 face-to-face meetings at World Routes, which will shape the future of the world’s air services.

Speaking after receiving the award, CEO of Shannon Group Matthew Thomas said:  “This is a great moment for Shannon and really is testament to the team for their hard work. These are very prestigious awards and to be on the podium each of the last four years and win the category outright in two of those speaks volumes about Shannon’s standing in global aviation.  There’s no airport of its size quite like it in the world and clearly we are not the only ones that think that.”

Declan Power and Andrew Murphy (both centre) and Shannon Group CEO Matthew Thomas (right)
Declan Power and Andrew Murphy (both centre) and Shannon Group CEO Matthew Thomas (right)

Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Murphy said:  “This is an incredibly proud achievement for Shannon.  To have such a record in a top international awards programme in any sector is a fantastic achievement.  We may not be the biggest airport but we strive to work harder and more creatively than our competitors and this award win very much recognises that.”

Said Head of Aviation Development for Shannon Airport Declan Power, who is also attending the World Routes event and was at the overnight awards ceremony, “This is a great boost for all of our team at Shannon. We are in a hugely competitive market and we have to work very hard to achieve this level of ranking in global awards annually. It is huge validation of our efforts and strategy to promote the airport.”

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.