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The top airport technology innovation in the world: Winners of ACI World-Amadeus awards released

June 28, 2023

Technology Innovation Awards recognize best technology leadership by airports

Barcelona, 28 June 2023 – During the Airports Council International (ACI) EUROPE / WORLD Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition, ACI World and Amadeus have revealed the winners of the Technology Innovation Awards, which recognize the top technology projects and leadership by airports around the world.

For the third year, Amadeus and ACI World invited airports globally to submit innovative technology projects and examples of leadership that serve to enhance the passenger journey, drive operational efficiency, or improve processes for employees, travellers, and other stakeholders. Past winners have involved themes such as big data, biometrics, artificial intelligence, and automation.

From submissions received across the globe from airports of all sizes, a panel of external industry experts assessed the technology solutions or innovation leaders. From this, winners were determined in each category:

  1. Best innovation in airport passenger related processes: Incheon Airport – XR Metaverse Services, Connecting Virtuality and Reality
  2. Best innovation in airport operations and installations management: Hong Kong International Airport – Digital Apron and Tower Management System
  3. Best airport innovation leader (individual): Maurice Jenkins, IAP, C.M. – Chief Innovation Officer, Miami International Airport

Luis Felipe de Oliveira, Director General at ACI World said: “Travellers are the centre of the aviation ecosystem, as we would not exist without them. And this remains the foundation of all that we do as we continue to innovate the travel journey and build a sustainable future. Both ACI World and Amadeus continue to advance this, and this is why we are thrilled to continue our partnership with them for these awards.

“We thank all the airports who submitted from all corners of the world. From large hubs to small and emerging airports, the global airport community is clearly working hard with partners to elevate the airport experience or operation, leveraging cutting edge technology and creativity. This year’s winners show the best examples in the world and we applaud their exemplary work and vision.”

Elena Avila, EVP Airport and Airline Operations at Amadeus said: “We at Amadeus would like to congratulate this year’s winning airports. The industry has made great progress recently, particularly by applying new technologies like biometrics to improve the passenger experience. Looking forward, we anticipate a need for more fundamental technology transformation. Big challenges like responding to disruption require a whole new level of collaboration and data sharing between airports, airlines and their stakeholders. There’s a huge opportunity to join up the technology platforms underpinning these shared processes so every company involved in aviation can better communicate, share their business logic and work from the same operational view. Ultimately, that’s how we’re going to achieve a step-change and it’s a primary focus for my team.”  

About ACI

Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports, is a federated organization comprising ACI World, ACI Africa, ACI Asia-Pacific, ACI EUROPE, ACI Latin America and the Caribbean, and ACI North America. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring a global air transport system that is safe, secure, efficient, and environmentally sustainable. As of January 2023, ACI serves 712 members, operating 1925 airports in 171 countries.

About Amadeus

Travel powers progress. Amadeus powers travel. Amadeus’ solutions connect travellers to the journeys they want through travel agents, search engines, tour operators, airlines, airports, hotels, cars and railways.

We have developed our technology in partnership with the travel industry for over 30 years. We combine a deep understanding of how people travel with the ability to design and deliver the most complex, trusted, critical systems our customers need. We help connect over 1.6 billion people a year to local travel providers in over 190 countries.

Notes for editors

  1. Read more about the winning submissions of the ACI World-Amadeus Technology Innovation Awards.

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ACI World
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