Routes Asia Awards 2013 Winners Announced

Changi Airport Group crowned overall winner at second regional heat of 2013 
MUMBAI, India, March 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Earlier this evening during a lavish 
networking evening on the lawns of the Renaissance Mumbai Hotel, Changi 
Airport Group was announced as the winner of the Asia heat of this year's 
Routes Airport Marketing Awards. Over 700 aviation professionals were gathered 
to witness the presentation of the awards and to take part in the 11(th) 
Routes Asia - the largest route development event for the entire Asia region. 
The Routes Airport Marketing Awards recognise and reward the highest standards 
of marketing activities undertaken by airports. The 2013 awards will see a 
number of innovations including taking a blended approach to the nomination 
process, meaning the final nominees will include a number of airports who will 
be shortlisted using our online voting form together with a number of airports 
who have been selected by a panel of industry experts drawn from the airline 
network planning community. This year the awards were split into two 
categories based on the size of the airport and also a new tourism award for 
best destination marketing campaign by a tourism authority. 
The winner, Changi Airport Group, continue to demonstrate their detailed route 
development activities and are pushing the boundaries in terms of initiatives. 
2012 was a record breaking year for Changi as for the first time in 31 years 
of operating they welcomed over 50 million passengers through the airport. 
Changi has also managed to secure five new air services in 2012, bringing 
their total of weekly scheduled flights up to 6,482. Their "Changi Connects" 
product, which was launched earlier this year, is a unique product which 
passengers can purchase and allows bags to be through-connected, even if the 
airlines are not partners. 
"It has been a great year for Changi Airport Group. To be recognised by our 
airline partners [with this award] for the hard work our teams have put in to 
secure new air services is a great endorsement of our achievements," said Toh 
Ern Chong, Manager Airline Development for Changi Airport Group after 
collecting the award in Mumbai this evening. 
"We constantly strive to innovate to bring an unparalleled level of service to 
our customers and partners. We believe it is important to understand their 
needs and work closely with them so as to realise their aspirations of growth 
at Singapore Changi Airport," he added. 
Changi were also named as the winner from the over 20 million passengers 
category with Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) ranked top from 
the under 20 million passengers category. Tourism Australia was honoured as 
the winner of the first Routes Asia Destination Marketing Award. 
Nigel Mayes, VP & Commercial, Routes, commented: "We are delighted to announce 
Changi as the winner of this regional heat of our awards and would like to 
congratulate them and all of our winners." Mayes continued: "Over the past 12 
months Changi has achieved some amazing results. With Scoot, Drukair, AirAsia 
Philippines, Shenzhen Airlines and Yangtze River express all commencing 
operations Changi Airport now has 106 scheduled airlines flying to 240 cities 
in 61 countries." 
As overall winner of this regional heat, Changi Airport Group will be 
automatically shortlisted for the World Routes Airport Marketing Awards which 
will take place at the event in Las Vegas, 5(th) - 8(th) October 2013. 
Changi join San Diego International Airport, who were announced as overall 
winner of the Americas heat last month. 
The full list of companies shortlisted under each award category were as 
Over 20 Million Passengers 

    --  Changi Airport Group - Winner
    --  Delhi International Airport Pvt Ltd - Highly Commended
    --  Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CDIA) - Highly
    --  Beijing Capital International Airport Co. Ltd.
    --  Soekarno - Hatta International Airport

Under 20 Million Passengers
    --  Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC)  - Winner
    --  Auckland International Airport - Highly Commended
    --  Bangalore International Airport
    --  GMR Hyderabad International Airport
    --  Juanda - Surabaya International Airport
    --  Kansai International Airport
    --  Siem Reap Airport

Destination Marketing Award
    --  Tourism Australia - Winner
    --  Philippine Department of Tourism - Highly Commended
    --  Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau
    --  Singapore Tourism Board
    --  Tourism New Zealand

Notes to Editors

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