Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport has been named ‘Overall Winner’ at the 2023 Routes Awards in Istanbul. The French hub also won in the ‘Over 20 million passengers’ award category.

CDG was recognised for its ‘2025 Pioneers’ strategy, which aims to develop a new airport model geared towards sustainability and performance. This has enabled the airport to operate new generation aircraft on 24 percent of flights this year, while adding 71 new routes and 23 new destinations to its map in 2022. CDG has now recovered 88 percent of 2019 passenger traffic levels.

Paris CDG Aviation Development team is very proud to have won the 20m pax Routes World award this year! We would like to thank our airline partners for this achievement. This is the result of passionate and dedicated work initiated many years ago, for the benefit of our clients. This award encourages us to continue developing air connectivity in a sustainable way.

David Dufros, aviation development director at CDG

In the under 5 million passenger category, Newcastle International Airport was named the winner. The 5-10 million passenger category was won by Larnaca International Airport. Brussels Airport was winner of the 10-20 million passenger category, while Cape Town Air Access was named the winner of the destination category. Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling secured the airline award for its focus on building a sustainable future.

The full list of winners:

Overall Winner
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Under 5 Million Passengers
Newcastle International Airport

5-10 Million Passengers
Larnaca International Airport

10-20 Million Passengers
Brussels Airport

Over 20 Million Passengers
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Cape Town Air Access


Rising Star
Tatamo Rakotozafy, Head of Aviation Marketing, Ravinala Airports

Individual Leadership
Vicki Jaramillo, Chief Development Officer, Orlando International Airport

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