Lisbon wins the Airport of the Year award

in News · 07-05-2019 12:00:00 · 13 Comments

Lisbon airport has been awarded Airport of the Year by Air Transport News (ATN) at the 2019 Air Transport Awards, held in partnership with the Hermes Air Transport Organization.

The ‘Air Transport Awards’ is the only international prize that distinguishes major categories in the air transport sector.

The awards are awarded by Air Transport News (ATN) in partnership with Hermes Air Transport Organisation.

Thierry Ligonnière, Portugal Area Director of VINCI Airports, said: “It is a great honor for Lisbon airport to receive this recognition. Lisbon is an amazing city that grew incredibly in recent years, and the airport has been responding to airline and passenger expectations and coping with this fast growth that brought great challenges.”

VINCI airports said in a statement that the "award recognizes the excellence of the airport’s teams committed to the quality of service of the airport as well as the commitment to contribute to the development of the Portuguese economy by building traffic and investing in infrastructure to support its growth."

In previous years, Airport of the Year has been awarded to Istanbul Airport (2013 and 2016), Doha Airport (2014), Dubai Airport (2015) and Changi Airport, Singapore (2012, 2017 and 2018).

The full list of winners are:

-ATN Individual Award: Mario Nemeth, Director General, Civil Aviation of Slovakia

-ATN Corporate Award: Goldair Handling

-ATN International Organisation Award: ACI

-Manufacturer of the Year: Airbus

-Airport of the Year: Lisbon Airport

-Airline Alliance of the Year: Star Alliance

-Airline of the Year: Wizz Air

-Hermes Award: Eamonn Brennan, Director General, EUROCONTROL

-“Katerina & George Iatrou” Lifetime Achievement Award: Jeff Shane

-Leader of the Year: Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the ICAO Council- Prémio Lifetime Achievement “Katerina & George Iatrou”: Jeff Shane

* The story was updated to include quotes from VINCI Airports.


In my opinion It should not have won any award. Thought Heathrow to be a far better well organised airport.

By Aline Miranda from UK on 09-05-2019 11:24

Great to hear that. It is wonderful airport I feel that. Rest don't know.

By Karma from Lisbon on 09-05-2019 09:20

I like it see Bahamas's Journey in The Portugal News.

By Sara Santos Da Fonseca Marto from Lisbon on 09-05-2019 08:39

This report is inaccurate. The top ranked airport is in Doha this year and Lisbon in fact came in last and was named the WORST airport in the world. See

By Mickie from Lisbon on 09-05-2019 07:35

did they visit terminal 2????

By philip giddings from UK on 08-05-2019 09:41

Completamente FAKE!!!! Como é que vocês são capazes de publicar uma notícia completamente falsa!?!?! Basta ir ao site da empresa que dá esses awards -

By Eduardo Silva from Other on 08-05-2019 07:18


By SUSANA from Other on 08-05-2019 04:18

I checked the website Have they changed the name of Lisbon's airport to Dallas Fort Worth International?

By Tony Marques from Other on 08-05-2019 03:35

Its a great airport. Valet car parking, plenty of space and the TAP lounge is superb. Walking distance to and from your gate can a bit long, but the airport is very well organised. There is no such thing as a perfect airport, but Lisbon is very good.

By George from Lisbon on 08-05-2019 10:04

Fake news

By Kanu from Lisbon on 08-05-2019 07:06

This a joke, right? Lisbon airport is the dullest, most uncomfortable airport in Europe. Apalling food, with limited choices. Black, steel, dark and unwelcoming. I hate having to stop over here on my way down to the Algarve and will always take the train rather than wait around in this hole for more than an hour. You are kidding!!!

By Alan St clair from Algarve on 07-05-2019 11:24

That's not true. Fake news. Check the actual link below.

By Curador from Beiras on 07-05-2019 07:41

For disabled passengers I found Lisbon to be the best airport ever! Their MyWay program meets those who register in advance at the curb and those who do not register for the service wait a few minutes. And then I had help from getting a boarding pass to a two person lift onto the aisle chair and th3n into my seat. I do not stand or walk and that was the first time in 17 years of flying after my injury that I had people lift me who had been taught how to do it. The majority of my flights end with my shoulders screaming from having them lifted above my neck level by people too short to do the job. The airports in the US may know the rules of the Air Carriers Act but they do not know how to safely move the disabled onto their flights from their airports.

By Sue P from USA on 07-05-2019 07:09
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