Aberdeen International Airport wins prestigious National Geographic award

National Geo Awards Dec 4 2019

Aberdeen International Airport has been awarded the National Geographic Traveller’s Award for innovation.

Presented with the award at a ceremony in London last night (4 December 2019), Aberdeen Airport joined globally recognised organisations and experiences including; Eurostar, Emirates, and the Tianmen Skywalk in China.

The airport’s Therapets project, a partnership with Canine Concern Scotland Trust, is designed to reduce anxiety associated with travelling through interaction with therapy dogs and has now been internationally acknowledged as industry leading.

The National Geographic Traveller Readers Awards 2019 are voted for by its readers. Now in its fifth year, the 2019 awards represent the last word on the best places, experiences, hotels and personalities that make our travels meaningful and memorable.

Steve Szalay, Managing Director at Aberdeen International Airport, said: “Being awarded for innovation from the readers of National Geographic Traveller is a huge honour.

“Some of the people and organisations being awarded at the ceremony last night are household names and iconic locations. Being mentioned in the same breath as some of them is a privilege itself.

“Our Therapets dogs are already much-loved by our regular passengers, but it’s great to see the work they – and of course their human colleagues – do recognised by such a prestigious globally-read travel magazine.”

To find out more about Aberdeen International Airport, please visit: aberdeenairport.com  

To see the full list of National Geographic Traveller Readers Award winners 2019, please visit: https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/2019/06/national-geographic-traveller-reader-awards-2019


Issued by Frame on behalf of Aberdeen Airport.

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. Approximately 300 people are employed directly by Aberdeen International Airport which 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.


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