On Monday, 5 September 2005, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) collected its award for Airport of the Year 2005 and Cathay Pacific accepted the award of Airline of the Year 2005 at a special presentation ceremony held in London.
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), represented by Director General of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government’s Economic and Trade Office in London, Carrie Lam, together with Cathay Pacific’s General Manager Europe Chitty Cheung, received the awards from Skytrax Research’s Chief Executive Edward Plaisted.
London-based Skytrax said that its 2005 World Airline Awards poll was the world's largest passenger survey ever with more than 12.3 million eligible nominations. Votes were casted by 94 different nationalities from June 2004 to May 2005.
Hong Kong International Airport, managed by Airport Authority Hong Kong, was earlier named “Airport of the Year” for the fifth consecutive year, while Cathay Pacific Airways was named “Airline of the Year 2005” for the second time in three years in June. Cathay Pacific also won titles for Best Airline Asia, Best First Class and Best Airline Lounges in this year’s Skytrax poll.
AA’s Chief Executive Officer Dr David J Pang said, “These awards bring pride to the entire Hong Kong community. Hong Kong International Airport has amassed an outstanding pool of industry leaders. This partnership has made us the best in the international aviation market. But we must not be complacent about our achievements; we will continue to enhance the unique and total airport experience we provide to millions of travelers worldwide.”
Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Philip Chen said: "To be voted 'Airline of the Year' twice in three years is no small achievement. The Skytrax award is testament to the hard work of every member of Cathay Pacific staff and the continuous support from all of our business partners to deliver superior value and service to our customers. With Hong Kong now home to the world's best airline and the world's best airport we can work together to further develop Hong Kong's position as a global aviation hub as well as gateway to the Chinese Mainland."
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