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Aviation Executive of 2012, Etihad President and CEO James Hogan.

CAPA is pleased to announce that entries are open for nominations for the tenth annual CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence.

Winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner to be held in Amsterdam on 26 November 2013, as part of CAPA's high level World Aviation Summit.

Regarded as the pre-eminent awards for strategic excellence in aviation and travel, candidate organisations worldwide are invited to submit information about themselves, along with justification of why they should be rewarded for their performance over the past year.

As appropriate, entries will be entertained for more than one category.

This year's categories include:

CAPA Airline of the Year

Xiuzhi Zhang, Spring Airlines CEO, winner of the CAPA Regional Airline of 2012.

The CAPA Airline of the Year is awarded to the airline that has had the greatest impact on the development of the airline industry, established itself as a leader, and the benchmark for others to follow.

CAPA Low Cost Airline of the Year

The CAPA Low Cost Airline of the Year is awarded to the Low Cost Airline that has been most innovative and influential in the airline industry.

CAPA Aviation Executive of the Year

The CAPA Aviation Executive of the Year is awarded to the executive who has had the greatest individual influence on the aviation industry, demonstrating outstanding strategic thinking and innovative direction for the growth of the business and the industry.

Suning Liu, Macau Airport Executive Director, receives the CAPA Airport Marketing Award for an airport handling less than 5 million pax, 2012

CAPA International Airport of the Year

The CAPA International Airport of the Year is awarded to the International Airport that has done the most to advance the progress of the aviation industry.

CAPA Airport Marketing Awards

CAPA Airport Marketing Awards are accorded to the Airports that have conducted the most outstanding marketing programmes in the past 18 months that have been effective in attracting new airlines. There are three categories:

  • Airports handling fewer than 5 million pax p/a
  • Airports handling 5-15 million pax p/a
  • Airports handling 15 million+ pax p/a

CAPA Regional Airline of the Year

CW Lee, CEO of Incheon International Airport, was inducted into the CAPA Hall of Fame at the 2012 Award ceremony, along with outgoing Air New Zealand CEO Rob Fyfe.

The CAPA Regional Airline of the Year is awarded to the Regional Airline that has had the most significant impact, shown strategic leadership and demonstrated innovation on regional aviation. Our regional airline definition is an airline operating predominantly domestic services, generally with aircraft that are equipped with less than 100 seats.

CAPA Aviation & Travel IT Innovation of the Year

The CAPA Aviation IT Innovation of the Year category recognises the Airport/Airline and IT company responsible for the most powerful information technology innovation in the market over the past 18 months.

CAPA Hall of Fame inductee Rob Fyfe with Peter Harbison, 2012

About the Gala Dinner

Winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner to be held in Amsterdam at 7.30pm on 26 November 2013, as part of CAPA's World Aviation Summit to be held on 25-27 November 2013, featuring CEOs from across the globe, including:

  • ACI-EUROPE, Olivier Jankovec, Director General
  • Aegean Airlines, Dimitrios Gerogiannis, Managing Director
  • Air Arabia, Adel Ali, Group CEO
  • Air Astana, Peter Foster, President
  • Air Baltic, Martin Gauss, CEO
  • Air Europa, Maria Jose Hidalgo, CEO
  • Aer Lingus, Christoph Mueller, CEO
  • AirAsia, Tony Fernandes, Group CEO
  • ALTA, Alex de Gunten, Advisor to the Executive Committee
  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Jos Nijhuis, President & CEO
  • Arab Air Carriers Organisation, Abdul Wahab Teffaha, Secretary General
  • Association of Asia Pacific Airlines, Andrew Herdman, Director General
  • Cathay Pacific, John Slosar, CEO
  • CityJet, Christine Ourmieres, CEO
  • easyJet, Rigas Doganis, non-Executive Director
  • Emirates, Tim Clark, President
  • Ethopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO
  • Farelogix, Jim Davidson, CEO
  • Gol, Ciro Andrade Camargo, Head of Alliances
  • IAG, Willie Walsh, CEO
  • IATA, Eric Leopold, Director, Passenger
  • KLM, Pieter Elbers, COO
  • LOT Polish Airlines, Zbigniew Mazur, CEO
  • Ryanair, Michael Cawley, Deputy CEO & COO
  • SATA Airlines Group, Antonio Menezes, CEO
  • SkyTeam, Michael Wisbrun, Managing Director
  • Star Alliance Services GmbH, Mark Schwab, CEO
  • Vueling, Alex Cruz, CEO

Click here for full details about speakers and the Agenda.

To submit a proposal

Please provide full information about your company with detailed documentary support as to why it should be considered for a CAPA Award for Excellence. Please ensure that the specific criteria set out under each heading are clearly addressed. Nominations must be signed off by the CEO or President of the company involved.

Where appropriate, a company may submit proposals for more than one category. The decisions of CAPA's judging panels will be final.

Only nominations received by 30 September 2013 will be entertained.

Submissions should be sent either by email to: or by mail to:

CAPA Awards 2013 CAPA - Centre for Aviation Level 4, 88 Phillip St Sydney NSW 2000 Australia

About the judging process

The world's airports and airlines are reviewed constantly through the year via CAPA's extensive data and information services gathering and reporting. A highly experienced aviation advisory panel reviews our recommendations.

Click here for more information about the CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence, including previous winners.

CAPA's Aviation Awards for Excellence, regarded as the pre-eminent awards for strategic excellence in aviation, were limited to recipients from the Asia Pacific/Middle East regions until 2011.

From 2012, the Awards recognise global achievement.

Click here to view photos from 2012 Awards ceremony.

Virgin Australia (formerly Virgin Blue)
Qantas Airways Emirates Air China
Cathay Pacific
Singapore Airlines AirAsia
AirAsia X
Emirates Japan Airlines Emirates Turkish Airlines
AirAsia Jetstar Tiger Airways Jetstar Jetstar
Air Arabia Tiger Airways IndiGo Azul JetBlue Airways
Tony Fernandes
Tony Fernandes
Geoff Dixon
Qantas Airways
Dr Vijay Mallya
Kingfisher Airlines
Tim Clark
Kong Dong
Air China
Rob Fyfe
Air New Zealand
John Borghetti
Virgin Australia
James Hogan
BjØrn Kjos
Norwegian Air Shuttle
The Right Honourable, Mr Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, India Singapore Transport Minister, Mr Yeo Cheow Tong & Minister Yang Yuanyuan, Director General, Civil Aviation Administration of China Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India, Hon. Shri Praful Patel The Honourable Dato' Sri Chan Kong Choy, Minister of Transport Malaysia Yang Yuanyuan, Minister, General Administration of Civil Aviation of China
The Hon. Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government of Australia Minister Li Jiaxiang, Minister of the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China Minister Sumio Mabuchi, Japan Not awarded Not awarded Not awarded
Changi Airport Group Macau Airport Beijing Capital International Airport Changi Airport Group Hong Kong International Airport
Changi Airport Group Beijing Capital International Airport Airports of Thailand Changi Airport Group Amsterdam Schipol Incheon Airport
SITA Malaysia Airlines Change Your Flight flynas
< 15 million pax p/a
Macau Airport Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport

> 15 million pax p/a
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
< 15 million pax p/a
Hyderanad Airport

> 15 million pax p/a
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Dr Cheong Choong Kong

Dr Cheong Choong Kong

Dr ('CK') Cheong Choong Kong accepted his last award as an airline executive on 8 July 2003. With 29 years in Singapore Airlines - and 19 at its helm - he retired from his SIA role on 30 June, 2003.  'CK' presided over perhaps the most remarkable growth of any airline, regardless of region.  In terms of recent aviation 'greats' in the Asia Pacific region, there is only blue sky between him and other contenders. As with many greats, CK is unassuming and quietly self-deprecating, with a sharp - but usually gentle - sense of fun. He did not retire, but joined a leading Asian bank, where, as he noted with characteristic understatement and wry humour, "I have reason to believe that my banker's credentials, especially during these times, will endear me to a lot of old friends in the airlines and the travel business."

Ray Webster

Ray Webster

CEO for ten years of a company that has changed the way people think about travel, Ray Webster, has built an airline that carries 30 million passengers a year. A former Air New Zealand executive for 28 years, Ray left easyJet in a strong position, unveiling a better than expected rise in profits and a strong outlook. Ray Webster said: "I am honoured to be presented with such an award, however I must stress that the success of easyJet is the result of a passionate, dedicated and enthusiastic team that I am very proud to have been a part of."

Maurice Flanagan

Maurice Flanagan

Under Mr Flanagan’s stewardship since start-up, Emirates has gone from two aircraft serving three destinations in India and Pakistan to a fleet of more than 100 aircraft and the only airline operating non-stop to all continents on the globe from the one hub. Emirates' and Dubai's ascendant influence on global aviation will change the structure of the industry in years to come.

Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad

Dato' Seri Bashir Ahmad

Over several decades, he has had a quiet but massive influence in all sectors of Malaysia's aviation development, in what has been a remarkable period of aviation development and reform. Under Dato’ Bashir’s leadership and vision, KLIA has had an outstanding recent history. It is a regional leader in the low cost sector, which is driving millions in investment and tourism expenditure into the country. Malaysia's ascendant influence on Asian aviation will change the structure of the industry in years to come.

Dato' Sri Tony Fernandes

Dato’ Sri Tony Fernandes

Tony Fernandes is the youngest inductee into the Hall of Fame, but his impact on Asia Pacific aviation has been profound. Pioneering the cross-border joint venture model in Asia to open up new opportunities beyond its Malaysian base in Thailand and Indonesia, as well as low-cost long-haul services to link the region globally, the AirAsia Group is on track to handle 24 million passengers in 2009 – some 30% more than in 2008, despite the global economic slowdown. But AirAsia’s impact is much more than its generation of strong traffic growth. The airline is catalysing positive change in the way governments, suppliers and its rivals are thinking and acting. We are delighted to recognise Tony Fernandes’ leadership role in driving our industry forward.

Brett Godfrey

Brett Godfrey

Brett Godfrey stepped down on 07-May-2010 after 10 years as CEO of Virgin Blue – a tenure that saw the development of Virgin Blue from start-up into Australia’s second largest carrier, as well as the establishment of New Zealand-based Pacific Blue, the group’s long-haul arm V Australia and the innovative cross-border JV with the Samoan Government. Among aviation industry figures he is unique. A relatively low-key, albeit Type-A, CEO, he has gone where few in aviation history have ever walked. Air fares today on most major routes in Australia are to be had for about a fifth of the price before he came along. Communities which despaired of ever convincing Australia's pre-2000 high cost airline duopoly to fly there, today have multiple jet services. And, to a very large extent, that is due to the vision and energy of one man, along with his willing and highly committed team. Virgin Blue would never have become a viable airline force without his passion, his obsessiveness and even pedanticism – to use his own description of himself.

Rob Fyfe

Rob Fyfe

Rob Fyfe brought to Air New Zealand a change of style which drastically reshaped the mentality of the airline, engaging the workforce and its travelling public. Under his leadership the airline took on vital roles in community support during domestic tragedies over the past two years. He led from the front at all times – including the globally renowned marketing product designed to illustrate the airline’s all-in offering. He has shown leadership in social media marketing and many other finer touches, including changing the way airlines do inflight safety announcements, encouraging passengers to pay attention to safety messages. Rob is the first to take his shirt off and join in.

CW Lee

CW Lee

Since CW Lee became CEO of Incheon International Airport Corp in 2008, the airport every year has been voted by Airports Council International as the world's best. Under his leadership the airport has been highly profitable while maintaining a high level of service at very low cost to airlines, and offering one of the world’s best retail operations. After supervising the introduction of Phase 2 of the airport’s now 44 million passenger capacity with a new runway and terminal expansions, CW Lee has prepared the financial and operational groundwork for Phase 3, which will see the airport capable of handling 62 million passengers annually and 5.8 million tonnes of cargo. Mr Lee has also diversified the company into consulting services for other airports, including taking a 10% holding in Vladivostok’s Khabarovsk Airport.