Wellington International Airport has been named Australasia's Leading Airport at the World Travel Awards ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand on 28 September 2011.
World Travel Awards serves to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry and is voted on by travel agents.
The capital's airport has been nominated for the title each year since 2007, but this is the first win.
Sydney has traditionally dominated the award, only losing it once in the last eight years to Auckland in 2009. Other nominees included the international airports in Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, Nadi and Tahiti Faa'a.
Wellington Airport’s dual use international and domestic terminal, The Rock, has been fully operational for a year and was developed in preparation for the Rugby World Cup. The Rock has doubled international passenger processing capacity and has been a hugely popular addition to the airport terminal.
Wellington Airport CEO John Howarth said: “Our entire team can be very proud of this commendation. We put a lot in to delivering service at the highest possible levels and being recognized for doing so is incredibly satisfying for us all”.