Porto Airport has won, for the first time, the title of Best European Airport 2022 by ACI Europe, the international organisation of airports. Upon awarding, the recovery of activity after the pandemic crisis, the quality of service and the actions implemented within the scope of sustainability included in the environmental commitment of VINCI Airports were highlighted.
In terms of sustainable projects, the creation of Forum dos Stakeholders for Global Carbon Management, the water reuse projects (from rescue vehicles and passenger bottles to the irrigation and washing at airports), the reduction of the water footprint and the innovative waste sorting system with a dedicated centre at the airport. Recently, Porto Airport, as well as 8 Portuguese airports, received the level 4 of carbon accreditation.
The evaluation criteria for this year's awards were mainly related to the quality of service and the implementation of measures during the pandemic crisis in the operational areas, health and safety, commercial management, in the context of the airport's sustainability strategy and its financial recovery. And it was with strong evidence of the implementation of these measures and its quality that Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport has now been granted the award for best European Airport in airports in the category 10-25 million passengers. It should be noted that last year, in the same forum, it was awarded the Highly Commended mention, along with Lisbon Airport.
Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport is once again highlighted by ACI Europe, at a time when it is achieving positive results in the recovery of its activity. The Airport was also repeatedly awarded by the ASQ ACI (Airport Service Quality), receiving different awards in leading positions in the last 15 years.
During the pandemic crisis, the airport maintained its operation, having been highlighted at the time for the effective implementation of health measures and passenger management, Voice of the Customer and Hygiene Awards, accredited by the CLEAN & SAFE of Turismo de Portugal and certified by Bureau Veritas. At the same time, the teams remained committed to resuming activity, working on the development of routes, which, together with the attractiveness of the North region, has enabled to achieve very positive results in terms of connectivity and traffic recovery.
At the moment, Porto Airport has already surpassed the level of connectivity seen in the summer of 2019, with 100 regular routes now being available (in 2019, there were 99).
It should also be noted that, during such a challenging period for the entire aviation sector, the infrastructure was improved with the expansion of the taxiway, new innovative solutions were developed and implemented, and commitments in the field of sustainability were reinforced.