Etihad Airways wins development excellence award for second year running

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Published February 21st, 2013 - 06:36 GMT
Katerina Polatou, Head of Airline Marketing at Athens International Airport and Ms Noni Papastefanou, Etihad Airways Greece Senior Sales Executive
Katerina Polatou, Head of Airline Marketing at Athens International Airport and Ms Noni Papastefanou, Etihad Airways Greece Senior Sales Executive

Etihad Airways has won the award for “Fastest Growing Airline to the Middle East” at the 2013 Athens International Airport (AIA) Airline Marketing Workshop.  This is the second consecutive year the UAE flag carrier has earned top honours at the event. 

The award recognises Etihad Airways’ rapid and successful development over the past twelve months, coupled with delivering the highest quality of service between Greece, the Middle East and beyond.

More than 150 travel managers, human resource directors, facility managers, and travel buyers of medium and large companies involved in the Greek travel management field voted for the award, which was presented at a gala event held at AIA’s Athens headquarters.

Etihad Airways General Manager for Greece, Dimitrios Karagkioules, said: “Athens-Abu Dhabi has been a great success for us, it’s a key route, our numbers and load factors continue to perform well, and as we grow, we look forward to connecting this great and ancient city, with ever more points across the globe. 

“Our Greek guests have the highest expectations from the world’s leading airline, and as we celebrate our tenth anniversary, this award is again testament to the hard work, innovation and impeccable service that we deliver.” 

Etihad Airways commenced daily operations to and from Athens in June 2009, and since then has carried almost 300,000 travellers on the route. 

In its 13th year, the annual AIA workshop has become an important point of reference for all the sectors of the Greek transport and travel industry, including airlines, hotel chains, car rental companies and global distribution systems.

The main topics of this year’s workshop included the impact of the Eurozone economic crisis on the Greek travel industry, and how to stimulate aviation and tourism development.

The award comes on top of other accolades recently bestowed on the airline, including:

“World’s Leading Airline” for the fourth consecutive year at the World Travel Awards (December 2012);

“Best Airline in the Middle East” for 2012 by the readers of Premier Traveler magazine in the USA (December 2012);

“Airline of the Year”at the sixth annual Aviation Business Awards in the UAE (November 2012);

 “Best Long-haul Airline” at Belgium’s 15th annual Travel Magazine Awards (November 2012);

Awards for “Best First Class,” “Best First Class Seats” and “Best First Class Catering” at the Skytrax World Airline Awards in July 2012.

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Etihad Airways

As an airline, Etihad has come a long way in a short time – just like its home Abu Dhabi. 

The airline was established by Royal (Emiri) Decree in July 2003 and is wholly owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi with a mandate to operate safely, commercially and profitably.

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