Emirates Overall Winner at First Ever Aviation Industry Awards

12 June 2014

Last night, key figures from across Ireland’s aviation industry were awarded for their innovation and contribution to the sector at the inaugural Aviation Industry Awards, sponsored by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and attended by over 550 people, including Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, TD. The awards, held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin, recognise excellence in the Irish aviation sector which employs 26,000 people directly in Ireland. Eighteen winners were chosen from more than 120 entries submitted by over 70 leading companies. Emirates won the overall Aviation Company of the Year Award, having already been awarded the Aircraft Operator Award. 

The recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Irish Aviation went posthumously to the late Dr. Tony Ryan and was collected by one of his brothers, Michael ‘Kell’ Ryan on behalf of the Ryan family. 

Other winners on the night included Avolon, GECAS, Dublin Airspace, DAA, Shannon Airport Authority, Etihad, and Eirtech. The Military Achievement Award went to Brig. General J.B. O’Connor. Special Merit Certificates were awarded by the independent judging panel to Stobart Air and CityJet. 

Categories for the Awards included best in the fields of Airports, Air Operators, Leasing Achievements, Education & Training, Innovation, Environment and Safety. 

“The Aviation Industry Awards recognise the sheer scale of this industry in Ireland,” said Mr Eamonn Brennan, Chief Executive of the IAA. “26,000 people are directly employed in this country by an industry that’s worth €4 billion to our economy. One in three of all aircraft worldwide are leased out of Ireland. The IAA got on board as sponsor of the Awards because we have some really innovative aviation services and products in Ireland that deserve to be celebrated – from international airlines to people manufacturing aircraft seats, to engine overhauls, and avionics products. These award winners are exceptional people doing exceptional work every day to enhance the Irish aviation sector, which punches well above its weight on the global stage.” 

“Aviation in Ireland is at a much larger scale than one might think. There is a huge infrastructure supporting the industry. €300 million in tax comes from the aviation industry outside of airlines every year, so it’s really significant to the exchequer and for employment. We’re an island nation and we have to be very careful to nourish this sector because Irish businesses depend on aviation to get deals done. It’s a good news story at the moment – throughout Europe and the North Atlantic, we’re seeing an increase in traffic as the economy begins to recover. Recently, there are great services connecting Ireland directly to the Gulf, as well as new routes opening up from Dublin and Shannon Airports. It has been a good year for Irish aviation and we’re looking forward to the sector continuing to grow in the years ahead,” said Eamonn Brennan. 

The Aviation Industry Awards are devised and organised by Event Strategies Limited and entries were judged by an independent judging panel committee. For further information on the awards see www.aviationawards.ie

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