Charlotte Douglas International Airport has been awarded the prestigious Eagle Award from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The award comes under the “Best Airport” category. The award was presented to CLT by Dr. Assad Kotaite, Chairman of the Eagle Awards Panel, and IATA Director General and CEO Giovanni Bisignani during IATA’s Annual General Meeting and World Air Summit on June 7, 2010 in Berlin, Germany.
Since 1998, Eagle Awards have been presented annually to recognize airports and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANS) who provide quality service and value for money to their airline customers. The last North American airport to receive an Eagle Award was Tampa International Airport in 2008.
The IATA Eagle Award is accepted in the aviation industry as the most distinguished of awards. It recognizes productivity, transparency and best value for money performance by airports.
Eagle Award winners are nominated by members of the aviation industry and are selected by a neutral and independent panel of aviation industry professionals. Winners must display innovative and creative ways to improve productivity and convert these ideas into lower charges to airlines. The winner’s positive record on environmental, safety, operational and social issues is also considered.
“Charlotte Douglas has the winning combination: low costs, low debt and solid service levels. The strong financial and operational model at Charlotte Douglas works well for airlines, passengers and the Airport. There can be no greater accolade than the continued support from its major airline customers through this Eagle Award,” said Bisignani.