ACI Europe, the European Airports Council, ranked the best airports in the continent, covering five categories of airport capacity – the number of passengers passing through each year – and putting particular emphasis on airport preparedness and safety conduct in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Airports under 5 million passengers
This year’s award for the smallest category went to Turin Airport in Italy, thanks to an efficient and swift response to corona, and implementation of excellent health and safety protocols.
Cork Airport in Ireland was also highly commended.
Airports with 5-10 million passengers
The winner in this category was Malta International Airport, thanks to the creation of contactless and excellent safety measures, to ensure social distancing between passengers and airport employees.
Larnaca Airport in Cyprus received a special commendation.
Airports with 10-25 million passengers
This year’s award went to Hamburg Airport in Germany, thanks to its technological initiatives and innovations, especially the smart app available to passengers.
Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport in France was also highly commended.
Airports with 25-40 million passengers
The winner in this category was Lisbon Airport in Portugal, thanks to its biometric project for scanning passengers, and the use of UV disinfection at the airport.
Sabiha Gökçen International Airport received a special commendation.
Airports with over 40 million passengers
The winner in this category was Rome’s Fiumicino International Airport, thanks to innovative automated sanitation technologies and the drive-in antigen tests done before arriving at the airport.
The new Istanbul Airport was also highly commended.