Spanish airport operator Aena has announced the first edition of its international travel retail awards: Enjoy Aena Awards.

Through these awards, Aena, which currently operates 64 airports around the world and hosts more than 100 retail operators, aims to recognise the excellence of the retail brands operating in its network of airports.

José Cuenda, Aena's commercial and real estate managing director, said: “These awards demonstrate our commitment to our customers and to improving their experience, creating a broad, varied and valuable leisure space. At Aena we work hard to offer a proposal of quality and well-being to every traveller at all our airports around the world”.

In the first edition of the Enjoy Aena Awards, Aena will give a total of seven awards: five travel retail awards that recognise restaurant and shop brands operating in the network; an award for the Aena airport with the best commercial offer and passenger experience; and an honorary award for the person or company brand outside the Aena network which positively influences society.

Cuenda added: “With this recognition, we want to thank and publicise the commercial efforts and good work of airport retail operators through an international seal of prestige from Aena that will become a benchmark in the sector at a global level, easily recognisable by passengers.”

All retailers operating in Aena will be eligible for the first edition of the Enjoy Aena Awards, in any of the five retail award categories. The registration period is now open.