Darwin was recognised as demonstrating a clear route development strategy and implementation process in their awards submission and illustrated how they have worked clearly with their airline customers. Darwin has achieved a milestone new route and steady passenger growth to complete a good 12 months work for a regional airport of its size. Winning this regional heat now enables them to be automatically shortlisted for the World Routes Awards due to be held in Abu Dhabi later this year.
The Routes Airport Marketing Awards have become synonymous with recognising and rewarding the highest standards of marketing activities undertaken by airports.
David Stroud, executive VP Airports for Routes said: “We are delighted that Darwin has won this regional heat of our awards. It is amazing what they have achieved in just 12 months, particularly after the delivery of Silk Air, and we feel this acknowledgement is fully deserved.
"Darwin is a first time nominee and it’s great to see them listed here alongside the big players such as Changi and Sydney, this just goes to show that these awards are not about the size of an airport and Darwin will now compete in the World Routes Airport Marketing Awards later this year.”
Speaking just after receiving the award, Jim Parashos, director of airline and airport services for Darwin International Airport said: “Wow! What a fantastic recognition of one of the world’s smaller regional gateways. We are absolutely thrilled with this achievement. Darwin Airport has had a clear strategy that has been focussed on delivering increased full-service airlines to Australia’s top end. We are undergoing a A$50 million expansion, a major investment for a facility of our size which handles around 2.3 million passengers per annum, and this will double our busy hour capacity.
I would like to thank airports in our region for setting the bar high and making us work hard, our hard working aviation development and marketing team and finally UBM Aviation, Routes for recognising and rewarding Darwin International Airport’s hard work.”