Athens air­port among most ef­fi­cient in Europe

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Athens In­ter­na­tional Air­port has been rated among the most ef­fi­cient small-sized air­ports in the world and first among Euro­pean des­ti­na­tions with fewer than 15 mln pas­sen­gers a year. Athens was the only one in Greece in­cluded in the sur­vey of 200 air­port and 26 air­port groups in North Amer­ica, Europe, Asia and Ocea­nia as part of the an­nual ATRS Global Air­port Bench­mark­ing Re­port that com­pares the op­er­a­tional and man­age­ment ef­fi­ciency, as well as cost com­pet­i­tive­ness. Cyprus air­ports were not in­cluded in the sur­vey. At­lanta In­ter­na­tional is the most ef­fi­cient air­port in the world ac­cord­ing to the com­pre­hen­sive rank­ing con­ducted by a team of in­ter­na­tional avi­a­tion aca­demics at the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia’s Sauder School of Busi­ness. Copen­hagen, Bu­san-Gimhae (South Korea) and Syd­ney led their re­spec­tive con­ti­nents in over­all ef­fi­ciency, while Van­cou­ver In­ter­na­tional Air­port was Canada’s top per­former among air­ports serv­ing more than 15 mln pas­sen­gers per year. The next most ef­fi­cient air­ports in Europe car­ry­ing more than 15 mln pas­sen­gers a year were Zurich and Oslo, while fol­low­ing Athens with less than 15 mln pas­sen­gers were Geneva and Basel. “Highly ef­fi­cient air­ports are more likely to gen­er­ate a large share of to­tal rev­enues from con­ces­sion and other re­tail ac­tiv­i­ties in ter­mi­nal build­ings, as well as park­ing, of­fice rentals, and real es­tate devel­op­ment on air­port lands,” said UBC Sauder School of Busi­ness Prof. Tae Oum, who led the study. “We can also see that air­ports that outsource ter­mi­nal ser­vices, ground han­dling and other ser­vices also achieve high ef­fi­ciency.”

Oum said the bench­mark­ing re­port shows that more ef­fi­cient air­ports of­fer lower air­craft land­ing fees and pas­sen­ger ter­mi­nal charges, leav­ing more money in trav­ellers’ pock­ets.

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