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Aberdeen International Airport scoops national award

Aberdeen International Airport has won a prestigious national tourism award.

The Northern Lights Lounge was one of four projects shortlisted in the Working Together for Tourism accolade.

The Scottish Thistle Awards, now in their 27th year, help shine the spotlight on individuals and businesses going above and beyond to create a destination and visitor experience worth talking about amongst our valuable tourism industry. They champion the very best of the Scottish tourism industry, celebrating innovation, success and excellence in the sector.

Winners were announced at the National Final on Thursday (March 5) at Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Jemma Forrest, travel services manager at Aberdeen International Airport, said: “We were delighted to be nominated in the Working Together for Tourism award and to win is simply amazing.

“It was a tough category because there were some great initiatives also shortlisted.

“When we were recognised at the Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards in November it was fantastic.

“Our staff and suppliers work extremely hard and we love being able to showcase our amazing region and all the north-east has to offer.”

Opened in 2017 the Northern Lights Lounge has had more than 250,000 visitors and was recognised at the seventh annual Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards in November.

This was due to its working partnership with local suppliers showcasing the best the north-east has to offer.

Suppliers include Brewdog, Amity Fish Company, Barra Berries, Gordon Castle, Cambus O’May, Dean’s Shortbread, Summerhouse Drinks, Grants, Mackintosh of Glendaveny, The Bay, Rora Dairy, Mackie’s of Scotland, Glen Garioch, Whyte & Mackay and Benzies and many more local whisky and gin companies who feature on the unique Whisky and Gin wall feature in the Lounge itself.

Local suppliers such as Esker and Teasmith frequently showcase their products in the airport and lounge itself to departing passengers. 

The latest win comes after a string of awards at Aberdeen International Airport including Sword of Honour title at the British Safety Awards at the end of November and the Iain Whyte Memorial Award by the Canine Concern Scotland Trust for its popular Therapet canine crew.

Additionally, the airport’s popular ‘Therapets’ canine crew were awarded with the National Geographic Traveller’s Award for innovation in December.

The Scottish Thistle Awards are led by Scotland’s national tourism organisation, VisitScotland, and supported by a panel of industry representatives including the Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards, Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards, the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA), the Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland, Scotland Food and Drink, Scottish Tourism Alliance, the Scottish Licensed Trade Association, sportscotland and Wild Scotland.


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Aberdeen International Airport

Aberdeen International Airport is the north-east of Scotland’s major transport hub and is a vital economic driver for the region, contributing more than £110 million a year to the local economy. It is the gateway to Europe’s energy capital and is Europe’s busiest commercial heliport. Aberdeen International Airport supports 3,400 jobs across the north-east of Scotland.

With 20 airlines serving 40 destinations, the airport handled 3.1 million passengers in 2018. It is nearing the completion of the largest investment programme in its history. The airport’s £20 million terminal transformation programme has resulted in a 50% increase in the size of the terminal building and with it, a comprehensive transformation of current passenger facilities.