Bengaluru International Airport adjudged ‘The Best Managed Airport’ in India
Bengaluru International Airport brought home a prestigious award last week. It has been acknowledged with the CNBC AWAAZ Travel Awards 2010 under the category of ‘Best Managed Airport’ in the country.
Bengaluru International Airport Ltd (BIAL) has bagged a travel award under the ‘best-managed airport’ category after a study was conducted by leading research firm The Neilsen Company. The awards ceremony was held on Wednesday in New Delhi. The award, organized by a private TV channel, recognized the best in class organizations, destinations, infrastructure and service providers. BIAL president Marcel Hungerbuehler said this award is special because it is part of the larger travel and tourism fraternity and comes from votes received by airport users.
Bengaluru International Airport was declared the winner post an objective, robust and comprehensive study conducted by India’s leading research firm, The Neilson Company. CNBC AWAAZ hosted a gala awards ceremony on September 8th, 2010 in New Delhi; the event was attended by the industry veterans and presided over by Kumari Selja, Minister of Tourism, Housing and Poverty alleviation. The aim of these awards was to recognize and honor best in class organizations, destinations, infrastructure and service providers.
Upon return today, the President Mr. Marcel Hungerbuehler and Mr. Hari Marar, Director Operations, were received by the airport staff with much fanfare and excitement. Mr. Hungerbuehler said “In just over 2 years of airport operations, the team has managed to earn many accolades, but this one is special as it is a part of the larger travel & tourism fraternity and comes from votes received by the airport users. The excitement and passion with which the team performs is commendable and this award is dedicated to each one of the employee and partners involved. The Bengaluru International Airport has already crossed the 10.6 million mark in terms of passenger traffic and is poised to become the gateway to South of India.”
Fourth year in the running, the CNBC AWAAZ Travel Awards 2010 is an annual event hosted by CNBC AWAAZ to honor the best in class travel destinations and other ancillary services of the tourism industry. The CNBC AWAAZ Travel Awards are based on an exhaustive consumer response study, conducted across 12 cities in India with over 1918 respondents across various segments that include Adventure, General public and Corporate. With an objective of felicitating the best in the industry, the CNBC AWAAZ Travel Awards 2010 aimed at identifying India’s travel potential and understanding the consumer mindset.
BIAL is a Public Limited Company under the Companies Act formed to build, own and operate Bengaluru‘s Greenfield private sector-owned and operated airport – the Bengaluru International Airport. Private promoters hold a 74% (Siemens Projects Ventures – 40%, GVK – 29% and Unique Zurich – 5%) stake in BIAL while the government holds the remaining 26% (Karnataka State Industrial Investment and Development Corporation – 13%, Airport Authority of India – 13)
BIAL is committed to establishing this airport as one of India’s leading projects in terms of quality and efficiency and set a benchmark for the future commercial development of Indian airports.
The airport is built and operated at best international standards. With new routes being introduced at an increasing pace, Bengaluru is poised to become an important aviation hub for the South of India. Winning the Routes Asia airport marketing award in 2009 reflected these sustained efforts of BIAL. In January 2010, Bengaluru International Airport received a platinum certification from IATA for becoming the first airport in India to be 100% Bar Coded Boarding Passes (BCBP) complaint. This is testimony to the fact that BIAL has and will continue to pioneer best practices in the industry. In early 2010, BIAL also received the ISO 14001:2004 certification, an official recognition of the airport management’s constant efforts towards a greener airport and city.