On Tuesday, the Airport Innovation Accelerator, on behalf of American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) presented the 2018 Airport Innovation Awards for Large Hub and Medium/Small Hub Airports award. San Diego Airport (SAN) received the Large Hub Award and the Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC), Rochester, NY, received the Medium/Small Hub award at the 4th Annual Airport Innovation Forum in Atlanta. The Airport Innovation Awards were established by the Airport Innovation Accelerator to honor innovative developments that are a model for airports around the country.
SAN features two unique environmental innovations: its air conditioning condensate water collection and its Good Traveler carbon-offset programs. The former captures water that has dripped onto the airfield, posing safety and run-off risks, and recycles it for non-potable water uses. The Good Traveler program - which has already been adopted by other airports - allows the purchase of credits to offset air travel.
ROC is transforming and enhancing the terminal, inside and out, to create a high-tech facility that best serves the business and economic needs of travelers. These innovations include installation of facial recognition and object left behind technology, assistive technology for enhanced airport communications and the creation of a passenger information network that introduces passengers to the option of viewing gate cameras live on their mobile devices from anywhere in the terminal to reduce gate hugging and increase sales per enplanement (SPE).