Brussels Airport’s first post-Covid Aviation Awards Ceremony brought a double win for DHL Aviation, and a third-in-a row success for Qatar Airways Cargo, aside from DSV, dnata, and ANA. The Diamond Award went to Niky Terzakis.
The event referring to 2021, was the 15th edition of the awards, which had to be interrupted for two years due to Covid-19. Last year, however, a virtual Cargo-only edition was held. As in the
last two previous editions, the Cargo Airline Performance Award was given to Qatar Airways Cargo.
The freight carrier has contributed most to the development of BRUcargo, the price committee applauded. QR Cargo currently operates a mix of 15 freighter and passenger Doha flights each week to and from the Belgian capital.
The Brucargo Award, launched in 2012 to bring the airport’s partners into the spotlight, was won by dnata. The company was honored for its stability and reliability as well as its contribution to the innovation projects at the airport.
“We are very proud of the trust that was put in us by both Brussels Airport Company and our customer, Qatar Airways Cargo, and we will keep on performing and moving on,” said Steven Vanbinst, Managing Director of dnata Belgium.
On 28APR22, the company announced that its contract with Qatar Airways Cargo had been extended multi-annually. In 2021, dnata handled 25% more cargo for the airline at BRU than in the previous year.
For both its growth and commitment to perishables and live animals, DSV was given the Logistics Provider Award. The company introduced additional charter flights and contributed to the development of pharmaceuticals and perishables at the airport.
“This is a recognition for the hard work we put in in difficult circumstances as well as of the efforts of the entire team,” commented Natalie Segers, Managing Director DSV Air & Sea Belgium (in the center of picture 2).
DHL Aviation won both the Environment, and the Cargo Airline Award, but it was the former which brought most joy, said (new) Managing Director, Kirsten Carlier. “We are very proud of our efforts to reduce noise nuisance, and the use of electric vehicles, which are part of our role within the EU-funded Stargate program.”
The Cargo Airline Award was motivated by DHL’s strong growth in 2021, and the introduction of new routes to the U.S.
All Nippon Airways
Another relative newcomer in the awards categories, was the Cargo Special Achievement Award. It was introduced in 2020, to honor an organization that has contributed most to the development of Brussels Airport as a leading hub for the worldwide distribution of Covid-19 vaccines.
All Nippon Airways won for the relaunch of its activities with cargo-only passenger planes, and the crucial role it played in the export of vaccines to Japan. Keiichi Ueda, Vice-President, General Manager & Station Manager Brussels Airport, expressed his great pleasure on winning the award.
“We would not have been able to do this without the help of Brussels Airport and our handling partners, Swissport, and Aviapartner,” Mr Ueda said. “We are glad that we have been able to fulfil our contract for the pharma producer without any losses. This was a very important honor for us, allowing us to serve the society.”
ANA operates 7 passenger flights out of Brussels per week, 5 of which still fly cargo-only.
The Diamond Award, which is not given every year, was for veteran Niky Terzakis, CEO of Air Belgium. His ambition is to connect Belgium with 5 continents, for passengers at first, and cargo at a later date.
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