or

Awards & Recognition

Skip Navigation Links
Organizational Goals
Financials
Codes & Policies
Airport Rules & Regulations
Irregular Operations Plan
Ethics Violation Form
Terms of Use
Lobbyist Information
Policy 2.02
Public Records Request
Awards & Recognition
Skip Navigation LinksHome Airport Authority About the Authority Awards & Recognition

Several awards in recent months highlight good things happening at San Diego International Airport (SDIA) and the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

In September, the Airport Authority and one of its concession partners – Hudson Group Retail, LLC – received an Inclusion Champion Award from Airports Council International -North America (ACI-NA) for exceptional achievement in promoting and sustaining diversity throughout the airport industry’s workforce. It was the first such award bestowed by ACI-NA.

In October, the Airport Authority won two Orchid Awards from the San Diego Architectural Foundation in the 2013 Orchids & Onions Awards Ceremony. The Orchids were for the public art and interior architecture of The Green Build – the recent Terminal 2 West expansion at SDIA.

Also in October, SDIA was honored with a World Routes Award for its air service development efforts in 2012. It was the first time the airport won the award in a global competition. SDIA won the Routes Americas 2013 award earlier this year, and was also named Overall Regional Winner for the Americas. SDIA went on to represent North, Central and South America in the World Routes contest.

Procurement practices at the Airport Authority were honored at the end of October with an Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute. This is the Airport Authority’s fourth consecutive time receiving the award, which recognizes organizational excellence in procurement.

Here's a full list of the awards we've received over the years.

Customer Service

2010 Condé Nast Traveler magazine annual Business Travel Awards
San Diego International Airport was ranked #1 among California airports by Condé Nast Traveler magazine in its annual Business Travel Awards.

  • 2010 #5 ranking among U.S. airports in Condé Nast Traveler magazine annual Business Travel Awards
  • 2009 #8 ranking among U.S. airports in Condé Nast Traveler magazine annual Business Travel Awards
  • 2008 top 10 ranking among U.S. airports in Condé Nast Traveler magazine annual Business Travel Awards
  • 2007 Exemplary Systems in Government Distinguished Systems Award from the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association for improving customer service through the innovative use of computer technology
  • 2007 #4 ranking for Best Airport by Region, North America in Airport Service Quality Survey from Airports Council International
  • 2007 #2 Ranking for Best Airport serving 15-25 million passengers annually in Airport Service Quality Survey from Airports Council International
  • 2007 top 10 ranking among U.S. airports in Condé Nast Traveler magazine annual Business Travel Awards
  • 2006 #2 ranking for Best Airport serving between 15-25 million passengers annually in Airport Service Quality Survey from Airports Council International
  • 2006 #5 ranking for Best Airport in the Americas in Airport Service Quality Survey from Airports Council International
  • 2006 #5 ranking for Best Domestic Airport in Airport Service Quality Survey from Airports Council International
  •  2003 #2 ranking for Best Domestic Airport in Global Airport Monitor Survey from the International Air Transportation Association and Airports Council International
  • 2003 Airport Service Excellence Award from Airport World magazine
  • 2003 Runner-up, Best Domestic Airport in the World from Airport World magazine

Business

  • 2013 Visionary Award in the category of “economic opportunity” from LEAD San Diego (awarded to Thella F. Bowens, Robert H. Gleason and Bruce Boland)
  • 2012 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement from the National Procurement Institute
  • 2011 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement from National Purchasing Institute
  • 2011 San Diego Metro Mover, Robert H. Gleason, Board Chair
  • 2010 San Diego Metro Mover, Thella F. Bowens, President/CEO
  • 2010 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement from the National Purchasing Institute
  • 2010 Special Award for outstanding contribution toward and support of the San Diego subcontracting community’s issues and concerns from the San Diego Chapter of the American Subcontracting Association
  • 2007 Gold Key Award for “Outstanding Contributions to the Tourism Industry by Someone Outside of the Industry” from the San Diego County Hotel-Motel Association and the San Diego County Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International
  • 2006 Eureka Silver Level Award for Performance Excellence from the California Council for Excellence
  • 2006 “San Diego Ambassador Award” from the San Diego Community College District
  • 2006 Eureka Bronze Level Award for commitment to organizational excellence from the California Council for Excellence
  • 2005 Bronze Level Award for commitment to organizational excellence from the California Council for Excellence
  • 2004 Prospector Award for commitment to organizational excellence from the California Council for Excellence
  •  2004 Executive Awareness Award for Best Small Business Outreach Event/Series for the “Meet the Authority” outreach series for small businesses from the San Diego Supplier Development Council
  • 2004 Women Who Mean Business Award, Thella F. Bowens, from the San Diego Business Journal
  • 2003 Service Provider of the Year Award for the agency’s contributions to international trade in the San Diego region from the World Trade Center of San Diego

Safety

America's Safest Airports
San Diego International Airport was named one of America’s safest airports by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2011.

  • 2005 Safety Award for superior airfield operations from the Federal Aviation Administration Western Pacific Region

Sustainability/Environment

  • 2013 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification for the Receiving and Distribution Center from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
  • 2012 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification for the redevelopment of the Facilities Management Building from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
  • 2012 Environmental Excellence Award in the category of “Air (Convention Pollutant Control)” for the Green Taxi program from the Industrial Environmental Association (IEA)
  • 2012 Recycler of the Year Award from the City of San Diego
  • 2011 Alonzo Award for Sustainable Business Practices from the Downtown San Diego Partnership

Alonzo Award Recipient: Regional Airport Authority from FortyOneTwenty Inc. on Vimeo.

  • 2011 Recycler of the Year Award from the City of San Diego
  • 2010 Recycler of the Year Award from the City of San Diego
  • 2009 Recycler of the Year Award from the City of San Diego
  • 2008 Recycler of the Year Award from the City of San Diego
  • 2007 Recycler of the Year Award from the City of San Diego
  • 2004 Recycler of the Year Award from the City of San Diego
  • 2004 Environmental Achievement Award for the Storm Water Management Program from the Environmental Affairs Committee of Airports Council International-North America
  • 2004 “Outstanding Technical Report” Award for the Storm Water Management Program from the Association of Environmental Professionals San Diego Chapter
  • 2003 Recycler of the Year Award from the City of San Diego

Small/Disadvantaged Business Outreach

  • 2011 Procurement Advocate of the Year from San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • 2011 San Diego Metro Mover, Bob Silvas, Director, Small Business Development
  • 2011 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Advocate and Partner Award from the Federal Aviation Administration
  •  2010 Public Agency of Choice from the American Subcontractors Association
  • 2004-2005 Supplier Diversity Council Award for Innovative Program

Finance

  • 2011 Golden Watchdog Award for efficient use of tax dollars for The Green Build bond sale from the San Diego County Taxpayers Association
  • 2011 Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States
  • 2011 Certification of Excellence in Debt Policy from the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada
  • 2010 CFO of the Year Exemplary Award from the San Diego Business Journal
  • 2010 Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada
  • 2010 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada
  • 2010 Certification of Excellence in Investment Policy from the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada
  • 2009 Certification of Excellence in Investment Policy from the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada
  • 2009 Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada
  • 2009 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada
  • 2008 Association of Public Treasurers United States and Canada Certification of Excellence Investment Policy
  •  2008 CFO of the Year, Vernon Evans, by the San Diego Business Journal
  • 2008 Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada
  • 2008 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada
  • 2007 Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada
  • 2007 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada
  • 2006 Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada
  • 2006 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada
  • 2005 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada
  • 2004 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada
  • 2003 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada

Diversity

  • 2011 Award of the Organization for significant contributions toward the inclusion of historically underrepresented businesses in contracting opportunities from the Airport Minority Advisory Council
  • 2007 Multicultural Heritage Award for diversity in the workplace from the San Diego Business Journal

Planning

  • 2011 Outstanding Environmental Technical Report from the Association of Environmental Professionals (San Diego Chapter) for the Ryan Aeronautical Historical American Buildings Survey and Interpretive Display/Website at www.ryanaero.org
  • 2010 First Place Award for Distinguished Leadership from the American Planning Association San Diego Chapter
  • 2003 Chairman’s Award for Federal Achievement in Historic Preservation (presented to the FAA) from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation for the Implementation of the Quieter Home Program at San Diego International Airport 

Human Resources

  • 2010 First Place Marble Award for Best Medium-Sized Employer for Workplace Excellence from the San Diego Society for Human Resources Management
  • 2008 Veterans Employee of the Year by the California Employer Advisory Council

Marketing/Public Relations

  • 2013 Winner, Routes Americas Airport Marketing Awards
  • 2011 Silver Anvil for the campaign to launch construction on The Green Build. The Silver Anvil is the industry’s highest honor from the Public Relations Society of America in the Community Relations – Government category
  •  2012 Gold SABRE Award in the Government Agencies category for “The Green Build Takes Flight at San Diego International Airport” from The Holmes Report
  • 2012 Airports Council International – North America Excellence in Airport Marketing and Communications Contest – 1st place for Public Relations Campaigns – The Green Build Public Outreach
  • 2012 Airports Council International – North America Excellence in Airport Marketing and Communications Contest – 1st place for Creative Innovations-Promotional Items – Junior Achievement BizTown Mural
  • 2012 Airports Council International – North America Excellence in Airport Marketing and Communications Contest – 2nd place for Airport Aviation and Education Programs – Triple Play Web Game
  • 2011 PR Week Honorable Mention in Public Sector Campaign of the Year for “The Green Build Takes Flight”
  •  2011 PROTOS Award of Excellence in Community Relations/Institutional Programs for “The Green Build Takes Flight at San Diego Airport” from the Public Relations Society of America Orange County Chapter
  • 2011 Edward L. Bernays Silver Mark of Excellence Award in Community Relations for “The Green Build Takes Flight” from the Public Relations Society of America San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter
  • 2011 PR Professional of the Year, Diana Lucero, from the Public Relations Society of America San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter
  • 2011 Airports Council International – North America Excellence in Airport Marketing and Communications Contest – 2nd Place for Aviation Education & Tour Programs – Junior Achievement BizTown Mural
  • 2011 Airports Council International – North America Excellence in Airport Marketing and Communications Contest – 2nd Place for Creative Innovations/Promotional Materials – Jet’s Fun Pack
  • 2011 Airports Council International – North America Excellence in Airport Marketing and Communications Contest – 2nd Place for Creative Innovations/Technology – Least Tern Nest Counter on website
  • 2010 Airports Council International – North America Excellence in Airport Marketing and Communications Contest – 1st Place for Creative Innovation, Promotional Item
  • 2010 Finalist for San Diego Book Awards, Picture Book
  • 2010 Finalist for USA Book Awards, Animals & Pets Novelty
  • 2010 Finalist for USA Book Awards, Children’s Novelty
  • 2009 PR Week Finalist in Public Affairs Campaign of the Year for “Public Affairs Campaign for San Diego County Regional Airport Authority’s Master Plan Environmental Impact Report”
  • 2009 Silver Anvil Award of Excellence in “Public Affairs – Government” for “Public Affairs Campaign for San Diego County Regional Airport Authority’s Master Plan Environmental Impact Report” from the Public Relations Society of America
  • 2008 PROTOS Award for Outstanding Achievement in Website Development for the “San Diego International Airport Master Plan Website: www.SANplan.com” from the Public Relations Society of America Orange County Chapter
  • 2008 Edward L. Bernays Bronze Mark of Excellence in “External Websites” for “San Diego International Airport Master Plan Website: SANPlan.com” from the Public Relations Society of America San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter
  • 2004 Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for “The Future Takes Wing: San Diego International Airport, 75 Years of Flight,” in the Historical/Biographical Program category
  • 2004 Edward L. Bernays Silver Mark of Excellence for Integrated Communications from the Public Relations Society of America San Diego Chapter
  • 2004 Peggy G. Hereford Overall Award for Excellence from Airports Council International – North America
  • 2004 Airports Council International – North America Excellence in Airport Marketing and Communications Contest – 1st Place for Aviation Education and Tour Programs
  • 2004 Airports Council International – North America Excellence in Airport Marketing and Communications Contest – 1st Place for Media Guides
  • 2004 Airports Council International – North America Excellence in Airport Marketing and Communications Contest – 1st Place for Press Kits
  • 2004 Airports Council International – North America Excellence in Airport Marketing and Communications Contest – 1st Place for Public Relations Campaigns
  • 2004 Airports Council International – North America Excellence in Airport Marketing and Communications Contest – 2nd Place for Video and Film Productions
  • 2004 Airports Council International – North America Excellence in Airport Marketing and Communications Contest – 2nd in Creative Innovations-Technology and Corporate Branding Campaigns
  • 2004 Airports Council International – North America Excellence in Airport Marketing and Communications Contest – 3rd Place in Black and White Print Advertising
  • 2004 Airports Council International – North America Excellence in Airport Marketing and Communications Contest – Honorable Mention Special Events
  • 2004 Bronze Telly Award for promotional 30-second Public Service Announcements (PSAs) commemorating the 75th anniversary of San Diego International Airport
  • 2003 Airports Council International – North America Excellence in Airport Marketing and Communications Contest – 1st Place in Creative Innovations – Promotions for Centennial of Flight Aviation Activity Book
  • 2003 Airports Council International – North America Excellence in Airport Marketing and Communications Contest – 1st Place in Newsletters (Internal) for Jetstreams
  • 2003 Airports Council International – North America Excellence in Airport Marketing and Communications Contest – 2nd Place in Aviation Education & Tour Program
  • 2003 Airports Council International – North America Excellence in Airport Marketing and Communications Contest – 2nd in Corporate Branding

Construction/Development

  • 2012 Award of Distinction in the Projects in Progress category from the Design Build Institute of America Western Pacific Region
  • 2011 Aviation Project of the Year for Taxiway C Rehabilitation project from the California Transportation Foundation
  • 2011 Outstanding Energy Project for “Install Airfield Signs, Taxiway Lights and Runway Guard Lights” from the American Society of Civil Engineers Region 9
  • 2011 Outstanding Public Owner from the San Diego Chapter Associated General Contractors
  • 2010 Outstanding Civil Engineering Project Award in Sustainable Technology for “Install Airfield Signs, Taxiway Lights and Runway Guard Lights” from the American Society of Civil Engineers San Diego Section
  • 2010 Project of the Year Award for the 96 Inch Sewer Pipe Liner from Trenchless Technology
  • 2010 Outstanding Civil Engineering Award for “Install Airfield Signs, Taxiway Lights, and Runway Guard Lights” from the American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2010 Constructech Vision Award from Constructech Magazine
  • 2009 Project Achievement Award from the Construction Management Association of America
  • 2006 Outstanding Civil Engineering Project for Resurface Runway 9-27 and Taxiway “B” Project from the American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2007 Finalist for Resurface Runway 9-27 and Taxiway “B” Project from the Association of General Contractors (with FCI Constructors, Inc.)
  • 2007 Exemplary Systems in Government Distinguished Systems Award from The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association
  • 2006 Outstanding Civil Engineering Award for “Improve Runway Safety Area (Engineered Material Arresting System) at San Diego International Airport” from the American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2003 Partnership Commendation from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Copyright 2011 San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. All rights reserved.