Business partners in the limelight during the Schiphol Aviation Awards 2016

Today, the much-sought-after Schiphol Aviation Awards were presented by Chief Operations Officer Birgit Otto and Chief Commercial Officer André van den Berg.

Three business partners were nominated in each category. The winners were presented with the prestigious awards, while the nominees all received a certificate that they can display in the workplace.

Birgit Otto: ‘Each year, Royal Schiphol Group presents aviation awards to business partners who have distinguished themselves through their innovative business operations or positive performance. Royal Schiphol Group is proud to work with such innovative business partners.’

The winners of the six awards were as follows:

Cargo Award

KLM Cargo is the winner of the Cargo Award. They have set up an optimization project to significantly speed up and enhance the efficiency of European supply chains. This project involves using each other’s data, and looking beyond their own business. Even though KLM is the frontrunner in this initiative, the results are open for the entire cargo community. KLM teamed up with Jan de Rijk, Kuehne + Nagel, Swissport, Dutch Customs and Cargonaut. They have made a great step forward in creating a more efficient and transparent supply chain. Planning trucking from Frankfurt to Amsterdam has improved considerably! Schiphol praises this initiative and hopes it will motivate other parties from the Schiphol cargo community to follow suit.

Efficiency Award

The Efficiency Award was won by Delta Air Lines. By focusing on KPIs and remaining actively involved in developments at Schiphol, they made huge gains in efficiency over the past year. In addition, the way Delta Air Lines conducts its operations at our airport has led to the organisation recognising Schiphol as its ‘Station of the Year’. The airline continually examines opportunities to draw attention to its products.

Operational Excellence Award

Transavia was rewarded with the Operational Excellence Award in recognition of its effective operational performance. Transavia has a quick turnaround time and has successfully implemented a new departure control system (GoNow). Furthermore, the airline has lofty digital ambitions and a high number of its passengers check in online with great satisfaction.

Passenger Airline of the YearEurope

After processing 20.2 million passengers in 2016, as well as realising growth of 8%, KLM was the proud recipient of the Passenger Airline of the Year – Europe award. In the same year, KLM added eight new destinations to their network, two of which were new to Schiphol. KLM also had the highest punctuality rate for arrivals and the second highest level of departure punctuality: a particularly impressive feat given the size of KLM's operation.

Passenger Airline of the YearIntercontinental

Jet Airways uniquely set up three routes to and from Schiphol in one fell swoop, an achievement that earned it the Passenger Airline of the Year – Intercontinental award. Thanks to these new routes, Mumbai was added to Schiphol's extensive list of destinations. Throughout 2016, Jet Airways has greatly improved its punctuality rates and is in the top 5 for arrival punctuality. In addition to these operational achievements, Jet Airways also does a great deal of marketing in India and the Netherlands.

Sustainability Award

In 2016, airBaltic became the first to introduce a Bombardier CS300 to Schiphol. The airline’s use of the Bombardier CS300 is a very positive development as it means less noise pollution and lower emission levels, and airBaltic’s achievements were rewarded with the Sustainability Award.