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Abu Dhabi, Amman win ASQ Best Airport awards

Abu Dhabi International Airport in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has won this year's Airport Service Quality (ASQ) award for the Best Airport in the Middle East (15-25 million passengers) category. 
Queen Alia International Airport - Amman, Jordan won the award for 5-15 million passengers category in the Middle East.
Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific today revealed the winners of the ASQ awards in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions.  The awards highlight the world’s best airports as judged by their customers.
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on global passenger traffic in 2020 as well as changing customer perceptions and expectations of the airport experience.
Twenty-eight airports from Asia-Pacific and two from the Middle East took home the prestigious Best Airport for customer experience award.
Based on new hygiene-related questions added to the survey questionnaire, ACI introduced a new award for ‘Best Hygiene Measures by Region’. There are seven inaugural ‘Best Hygiene Measures’ winners in Asia-Pacific and two from the Middle East.
This award provides airports with a reliable method of gauging customer response to new health measures and recognizes airports’ success in responding to the intense focus on hygiene. The new category also complements ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation programme, launched last year, which has seen close to 60 airports in the region being accredited already. 
“Even as our members battled the debilitating impact of the virus throughout 2020, airports in different size categories in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East maintained their focus on the customer and their evolving needs,” said ACI Asia-Pacific Director General Stefano Baronci. “We congratulate our airport members for this high accolade which sets the stage for a recovery that puts the traveller first.”
List of Winners: 
Best Airport in Asia-Pacific by Size
Less than 2 million Passengers
• Depati Amir Airport - Pangkal Pinang City, Indonesia
• Silangit Airport - Tapanuli, Indonesia
• Sultan Thaha Airport - Kota Jambi, Indonesia
2-5 million passengers
• Chandigarh Airport - Chandigarh, India
• Husein Sastranegara Airport - Bandung, Indonesia
• Jenderal Ahmad Yani International Airport - Semerang, Indonesia
• Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport - Babatpur, India
• Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport - Amritsar, India
• Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport - Palembang, Indonesia
• Supadio Airport - Pontianak, Indonesia
5-15 million passengers
• Changchun Longjia International Airport - Changchun, China
• Cochin International Airport - Cochin, India
• Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport - Shijiazhuang, China
• Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Sepinggan International Airport - Kalimantan, Indonesia
• Sultan Hasanuddin Makassar International Airport - Ujung, Indonesia
• Xi'ning Caojiapu Airport - Qinghai, China
15-25 milion passengers
• Haikou Meilan International Airport - Haikou, China
• Rajiv Gandhi International Airport - Hyderabad, India
• Shenyang Taoxian International Airport - Shenyang, China
25-40 million passengers
• Beijing Daxing International Airport - Beijing, China
• Kempegowda International Airport - Bangalore, India
Over 40 million passengers 
• Beijing Capital International Airport - Beijing, China 
• Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport - Mumbai, India 
• Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport- Guangzhou, China 
• Indira Gandhi International Airport - Delhi, India 
• Shanghai Pudong International Airport - Shanghai, China 
• Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport - Shenzhen, China 
• Singapore Changi Airport - Singapore, Singapore 
List of Winners: Best Hygiene Measures
• Beijing Daxing International Airport - Beijing, China
• Chandigarh Airport - Chandigarh, India
• Depati Amir Airport - Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia
• Husein Sastranegara Airport - Bandung, Indonesia
• Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport - Kolkata, India
• Pune Airport - Pune, India
• Soekarno-Hatta International Airport - Jakarta, Indonesia
Middle East
• King Khalid International Airport - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
• Salalah Airport - Salalah, Oman
Despite the challenge to collect departure survey responses in 2020, airports in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East managed to collect data throughout the year, and the new Hygiene category enabled airports to measure their customer experience with safety and hygiene, crucial during this time. 
The ASQ Awards are sponsored by travel technology company and affiliate World Business Partner Amadeus. This year, 108 awards have been won by 89 individual airports around the world. The Airport Service Quality programme is the world’s leading airport customer experience measurement and benchmarking programme. The ASQ Departures programme measures passengers’ satisfaction across 34 key performance indicators. More than half of the world’s travellers pass through an ASQ airport.
ACI adapted the rigorous quality control process for the ASQ awards programme to ensure the benchmarking and findings from the ASQ surveys remained of the highest quality during the Covid-19 pandemic. -TradeArabia News Service