Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport wins top Efficiency Excellence Award for 14th year in a row.
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – The Air Transport Research Society (ATRS) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University released the key results of the ATRS 2017 Global Airport Performance Benchmarking Task Force report at the 2017 ATRS World Conference in Antwerp, Belgium. This annual report provides a comprehensive, unbiased comparison of airport performance worldwide, focusing on productivity and operating/management efficiency, unit cost competitiveness and comparison of airport charges.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has been named the most efficient airport in the world. This marks the 14th year ATL, the world's busiest airport by passenger traffic, has received the Efficiency Excellence Award from ATRS, a worldwide research network guided by a 16-member task force of leading academics from Asia Pacific, Europe and North America.
Dr. Michael Williams, professor and dean of the College of Business at Embry-Riddle presented the worldwide Efficiency Excellence Award to Balram Bheodari, Deputy General Manager of Atlanta Airport.
“This award is a testament to the forefathers who designed the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport so efficiently,” said Bheodari. “This efficiency allows ATL to be cost competitive and operationally efficient to maximize operations, all of which contributes to the continuous growth of the airport.”
The ATRS Global Airport Benchmarking Project measures and compares the performance of several important aspects of airport operations: Productivity and efficiency, unit costs and cost competitiveness, financial results and airport charges. The report also examines the relationships between various performance measures and airport characteristics as well as management strategies in order to provide a better understanding of observed differences in airport performance. The 2017 report includes 206 airports and 24 airport groups of various sizes and ownership forms in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America.
The ATRS Annual Global Airport Performance Benchmarking Project was initiated in 2000 and is currently hosted at Embry-Riddle’s College of Business in Daytona Beach, Florida. Students in the College of Business collect and compile data, conduct analysis and generate the annual report under the supervision of Benchmarking Task Force Project Manager Dr. Chunyan Yu, Professor of Air Transport Management.
Other winners across the globe include:
- Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport – 25-40 million-passengers
- Vancouver International Airport – 10-25 million-passengers
- Kahului Airport – under 10 million-passengers
- Overall Winner: Athens International Airport – also the 10-25 million-passengers
- Amsterdam Airport – over 40 million-passengers
- Copenhagen Airport – 25-40 million-passengers
- EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg – under 10 million-passengers
- Airport Groups: Royal Schiphol Group
- Overall Winner: Jeju International Airport – also the 25-40 million-passengers
- Hong Kong International Airport – over 40 million-passengers
- Haikou Meilan International Airport – 10-25 million-passengers
- Guam International Airport – under 10 million-passengers
- Airport Groups – Korea Airport Corporation (KAC)
- Overall Winer: Sydney Airport
- Townsville Airport – under 15 million-passengers
“The airport benchmarking project comparing the performance of airports worldwide was initiated when more and more countries starting to commercialize and/or privatize their airports,” said Dr. Yu. “Knowledge about best practices in the industry is important for passengers, investors, airport operators, airlines, shippers, regulators and other stakeholders to help improve the efficiency and cost competitiveness of airports.”
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