The Excellence Awards celebrate the greatest achievements and innovations in the industry. The programme provides a platform to recognize the people and companies that are driving change.

Our programme is designed to highlight excellence within the sector by looking at a range of corporate activities including deals, business projects and company initiatives, both internal and in the community.

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What is Innovation?

Innovation is the category with one of the widest scopes within the Excellence Rankings as it looks at novel new approaches in every area, from the fruits of research and development to novel new business practices. What all the ranked entities have in common is the demonstration of new concepts not just within their own business but in the sector as a whole.

The category includes any projects that demonstrate an innovative approach to the market. The category crosses over with many of our other categories and can include new products, novel product features, new business practices, new marketing and sales strategies and more.


Innovation has been seen in several areas of airport technology including airport security, cybersecurity and airport logistics.

Security has always been a major concern for airports and companies have recently been harnessing the power of AI to gain a competitive edge. This has been true both in the airport security and cybersecurity sectors. 

In the field of airport logistics, some promising first steps have been made in automated drone logistics by several companies and there have also been some interesting developments in relation to air traffic control systems.

Overall, the covid pandemic has fuelled both competition within the industry and attempts for industry coordination and cooperation. The ongoing IOT operational shift will only make developments in the field even more interesting.

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This category includes companies and airport authorities that have shown a commitment to innovation driven growth.