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AWARDS: And so it begins! We are very happy to reveal the full list of Global AirRail Awards 2016 entries that have made it through the first stage and have now been passed to judges to be evaluated.

Here you will find the list of companies that are nominated for selected categories, head to our website to learn more about each individual entry!

To view full descriptions of each nomination, please visit the Nominees Page >>>

Airport of the Year

Hong Kong International Airport
Gatwick Airport
Heathrow Airport
Toronto Pearson International Airport
John F Kennedy International Airport

Customer Service Excellence

City Airport Train
Lufthansa German Airlines
Società per azioni Esercizi Aeroportuali SEA
Heathrow Express

Marketing Campaign of the Year

Bombela Concession Company
VIA Rail Canada
Airtrain City Link

AccesRail Integrated Partnership of the Year

Govia Thameslink Railway and Gatwick Airport
Lufthansa and Deutsche Bahn

North Star Air Rail Link of the Year

Klia Ekspres
Heathrow Express
UP Express

Social Responsibility

Express Rail Link
Arlanda Express
Toronto Pearson International Airport
Salzburg Airport
Klia Ekspres

Best Air Rail Distribution Solution

Hong Kong MTR
VIA Rail Canada
Travelport and Hahn Air

Travelport Project of the Year

City Airport Train
Regional Transportation District, Denver
Finnish Transport Agency
Abellio Group and Cubic Transportation Systems

Best product/innovation of the Year

FLIO - The Global Airport App
ST Electronics
Abellio Group and Cubic Transportation Systems
Travelport and Hahn Air
UPPSAMT or simply Connected2Rail

Personality of the Year

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Fancy winning a 3 night stay in the 5* Fairmont Royal York hotel in Toronto whilst attending the Global AirRail 2015 Conference in May?

Fairmont Rooms

All you need to do is to register to attend the Global AirRail 2015 conference, taking place in Toronto on 20-22 May (Register here) and share the image below on your twitter and LinkedIn wall saying "I'm attending the #GlobalAirRail2015 conference"

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Competition closes Friday 20th February 2015.

Good luck and we look forward seeing you in Toronto!




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EVENTS: Amadeus Rail, dedicated to serving the needs of over 90 rail companies around the world, with a huge network of rail travel sellers including business and leisure travel agents, corporations, online travel companies and railway companies themselves, has joined the Global AirRail event as a Roundtable Sponsor.

At the annual Global AirRail 2015 conference, taking place in Toronto on 20-22 May this year, Amadeus Rail will be leading discussions on “is a GDS your right distribution partner to grow your revenues?”


“We believe the travellers’ desire for connectivity will grow further across all modes of transport, and the rail industry has a very important role to play in this connected travel future,” Thomas Drexler, Director of Amadeus Rail & Ground Travel commented on the sponsorship.

“The Global AirRail conference is the perfect place to meet industry professionals and work on a common agenda to better integrate rail within the travel ecosystem. A multimodal travel ecosystem will make it easier for travellers to use combined air-rail transport, benefit from more travel choice and enjoy a seamless travel experience.”

Amadeus Rail provides railways with innovative technology and tools to make rail the first travel choice for travel sellers and travellers alike, all based on the concept of a community model.

“It is great to welcome Amadeus Rail to our annual Global AirRail event,” Milda Manomaityte, Director of the Global AirRail Alliance said. “Finding a right platform for railway distribution and opportunities to connect with other transport operators are key challenges of modern railways. The Global AirRail event will discuss several options for integrated distribution and it is very important to see Amadeus Rail being part of these conversations.”

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heathrowAlongside its proposals for a third runway, Heathrow has submitted its ambitious plans for surface access to the Airports Commission. These plans will transform the airport into a fully integrated transport hub, connecting the whole of the UK to growth. Today we speak with Simon Earles, Head of Surface Access at Heathrow Airport about the key opportunities for better airport access.

What are the major challenges for Heathrow Airport today, in terms of surface access?

The electrification of the Great Western Mainline and Crossrail both represent major challenges, but we recognise the necessity to deliver more capacity on London's rail network.

Where do you so the key opportunities for Heathrow Airport to improve surface access?

A key focus for Heathrow in the next few years is improving information provision for our passengers and airport employees. We have just opened new Onward Travel Centres in Terminal 2 & Terminal 5 providing bespoke journey planning services for all airport employees. But we can, and we will do more.
Partnerships with bus and coach operators and Transport for London represent great opportunities to further improve the public transport network around Heathrow.

Now Pods are running for few years now, can you share with us customer trends in using them?

The Pod has seen consistently improving passenger experience scores between the business car park and T5. We see that passengers appreciate the fast, reliable and unique experience the Pods provide.

Do you have any plans to extend it further into the airport?

Expanding the Pod system into the Central Terminal Area would be the natural next step, but at present there is no confirmed date when this might happen.

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What is the most exciting thing that you are working on today?

Working on our plans for a third runway excites me, but so does our current review of landside way-finding and the audit of our cycle provision is underway with the London Cycling Campaign. Heathrow brings such variety that every day opens a new opportunity to help achieve our goal of becoming a truly integrated transport hub.

Simon Earles is speaking at the UK AirRail 2014, taking place on 27 November at London Hilton Paddington Hotel.

Simon is an airport and surface access professional, with 20 years' experience developing and delivering transport strategy in the public, private and corporate sector. Simon is accountable for Heathrow's interface with major transport projects such as HS2, Crossrail and Western Rail Access and for developing Heathrow's surface access proposals for the Airports Commission

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1188UK: A new transport plan developed by a an alliance of Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle and Sheffield has been presented to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne MP and HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins on Tuesday 5 August.

The report, One North: A Proposition for an Interconnected North lays out opportunities to maximise economic growth across the north, boosting transport links and helping rebalance the national economy.

If adopted, the £15 billion, 15-year investment plan, which complements the high speed rail HS2 proposals, could deliver benefits for the whole of the North of England including up to 150% additional capacity on roads and as much as 55% faster journey times on a faster, more frequent interconnected rail network.

It would also deliver new trains running on a dedicated 125 mph trans-Pennine rail-link, a faster route to Newcastle and direct, fast and frequent access to Manchester Airport for all the North's city regions to help northern businesses access global markets.

One North has been supported by a number of other key cities and regions including Hull, Bradford, Wakefield and York – who have all helped shape the findings of the report.

Among the report proposals are calls to:

  • A very fast, frequent and high quality intercity rail network joining up city regions – including a new trans-Pennine route (tunnelled as necessary), a faster link to Newcastle and improved access to Manchester Airport.
  • Improved regional rail networks to provide additional capacity and help sustain growth, interconnected with HS2 and intercity services plus local tram networks and more park and ride facilities.
  • New rolling stock (as a priority), electrification of existing lines, higher service frequencies and addressing pinch-points on the rail network.
  • A digital infrastructure enabling real-time information, greater network resilience and faster connections between key areas to personal and business users.
  • Building HS2 early – extending Phase One to Crewe and bringing forwards the delivery of HS2 between Leeds and Sheffield.
  • Rail/light rail connection to Leeds Bradford Airport.


Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese said: "The current constraints on our transport networks, the product of years of neglect and under-investment, affect the competitiveness of the north. East-West journeys take almost twice as long as equivalent journeys in the south and our rail links are too slow and uncoordinated."

Councillor Keith Wakefield Leader of Leeds City Council said: "HS2, supported by strong regional transport networks, has the potential to bring transformational regeneration and investment to many of our cities and city regions."

Broad Timescales for Delivering the Proposition

By 2019

  • Northern Hub and electrification between Liverpool-Manchester-Leeds-Hull and Middlesbrough and consequent new rolling stock.
  • Midland Main Line electrification.
  • Complete all national pipeline strategic highway schemes.


By 2024

  • Further electrification including to Scarborough, Calder Valley and Hope Valley/south trans Pennine routes, together with new electric fleets, in addition to the well evidenced need for more rolling stock generally across the North.
  • 40 minutes journey time at most between Leeds and Manchester and improvements in services between Manchester and Sheffield.
  • Managed motorways complete across the M62/M56/M60 network and north-south on M1 and M6/M61.
  • Network gaps from the North East to South Yorkshire and northwards towards Scotland closed.
  • Rail/light rail connection to Leeds Bradford Airport.

By 2026

  • With HS2 delivered earlier as far as Crewe, provide additional capacity and capability for onward links to Manchester, Liverpool, Warrington and to both inland freight terminals and ports.
  • Speeded up (140 mph) and more reliable ECML and new route to serve Newcastle.
  • Cross city region suburban services for Leeds, Liverpool (east-west), Manchester, Sheffield, Bradford (north-south link such as a tram-train or similar), Newcastle provided by good quality rolling stock.

By 2030

  • New tunnelled trans Pennine route at 125 mph.
  • To the west, direct connectivity with Manchester Airport, Liverpool and Manchester.
  • To the east connectivity with Sheffield, Leeds, Newcastle and Hull.
  • Recasting HS2 in Yorkshire - bring forward Leeds-Sheffield section in conjunction with new trans Pennine route
  • In Leeds integrate HS2 into existing Leeds Station.
  • In Sheffield City Region create connectivity with a HS2 station with east-west capability.