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Jasionka airport with the international award Small Airport of the Year 2022!

For the first time ever, the Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport has been awarded the Small Airport of the Year 2022 title by the international industry organisation CAPA – Centre for Aviation. The distinction was awarded at the annual CAPA Awards for Excellence gala held in Gibraltar.

CAPA experts praised the airport near Rzeszów for playing an extremely important role in supporting Ukraine, both in terms of all kinds of aid coming in from all over the world, as well as the evacuation of refugees affected by the humanitarian crisis. The justification for the award emphasises that Jasionka Airport has had to face sudden and urgent challenges, requiring extraordinary responsibility. CAPA analysts also recognise the strong progress that the airport made in 2022 in terms of the development of its passenger network (23 routes to 12 countries in the summer season, 80 rotations per week), leading to record results in Q3 2022. It is stressed that these measures give the airport near Rzeszow a good development perspective also for the time after the end of the war in Ukraine.

- I’m proud that our airport has been recognised internationally by such an expert group. The credit for this achievement should go primarily to our employees, who have managed to cope with their challenging tasks under such exceptional circumstances - says Adam Hamryszczak, CEO of Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport. - Recognition from foreign experts is another evidence that the strategy chosen by our owners for the development of the airport in Jasionka has been right. Investment in infrastructure and equipment, as well as the consistent development of the port environment, allows us to successfully face increasing challenges. This award will certainly strengthen the positive image of the Subcarpathian region internationally.

- When the war started, the intensification of work at the airport was enormous. At the time, no one was thinking about rewards. It was out of the need of the moment and their heartfelt desire that the employees were striving to keep our airport running smoothly and serving all those in need. At one point, Jasionka Airport was in the eye of the storm. Although there were a lot of flight operations and the most important people of the world were landing here, the rhythm of passenger connections was not disrupted - adds Władysław Ortyl, Marshall of the Subcarpathian Voivodeship. - I’m happy about this award, which shows the world that smaller airports are fully professional and capable of achieving great things. It is also a response to our appeals in the European forum to support regional airports after the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

CAPA is a recognised international organisation specialising in aviation market analysis. The Awards for Excellence are granted by an independent, international panel of experts to carriers, airports and outstanding personalities who are not only successful but also achieve leadership in the industry.

According to CAPA rules, airports serving up to 10 million passengers per year that stand out for their strategic achievements and have contributed to the development of the aviation industry in a given year can apply for the Small Airport of the Year title. On behalf of the Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport Management Board, the award was received on 1 December by the company's vice-president, Michał Tabisz.

photo: CAPA and UMWP press materials

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