Feb. 21--Abilene Regional Airport has landed a top award.
On Thursday, the airport was recognized as 2013 Airport of the Year for Region 4 by the Transportation Security Administration. The Abilene facility beat out rivals Amarillo, Lubbock, San Angelo and Midland.
"It's a nice recognition for the teamwork that takes place every day here between the airport staff, the TSA staff and (American Eagle) staff," said Don Green, Abilene's aviation director.
"We make sure that we deliver not only good-quality customer service that we strive for everyday for our passengers, but also deliver that service in a safe and secure manner," Green said.
He said this marks the first time the Abilene airport -- also known by its International Air Transport Association code, ABI -- has received the award, which, according to TSA, recognizes an airport "that exhibits exceptional courtesy and attentiveness to all passengers and customers while offering the highest quality of airport security."
"There's a lot of wheels that need to be turned to make this place go every day," Green said.
Claude Milton, TSA security manager for the Abilene airport, nominated the facility for the honor.
John Sides, TSA federal security director for West Texas, presented the award during a simple ceremony Thursday at the airport.
Other city officials also praised airport staff.
"The other thing that really sets them (Abilene Regional Airport) apart is they work so well with the TSA on-site, and, of course, American Eagle," said City Manager Larry Gilley.
"They just go the extra mile to develop and maintain those relationships and all of that is reflected in this award," Gilley said. "We have an efficient operation to make sure passengers have a pleasant travel experience."
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