Published on : Thursday, June 2, 2016
Facing problems when travelling is always frustrating. Losing travel documents, being separated from family members, falling ill or having an accident are never pleasant. Nevertheless, over 73,000 staff at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) are always willing to go the extra mile to assist passengers in need, making their trips more enjoyable.
At today’s annual award presentation ceremony for the HKIA Customer Service Excellence Programme (CSEP), over 900 airport staff were honoured for their excellent customer service, which helped to create a pleasant airport experience for all travellers at HKIA. Fred Lam, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA), and Dr Peter Lam, Chairman of Hong Kong Tourism Board, officiated at the ceremony.
Mr Fred Lam extended his congratulations and gratitude to the awardees at the ceremony. He said, “This year, 44 organisations participated in this annual campaign, achieving a new record. Around 500 nominated cases competed for awards in the individual, corporate and cross-company categories, while over 900 airport staff were recognised, almost double the numbers of past years. This is a testament to the campaign’s success, which has earned huge support from the airport community. More importantly, it reflects the profound service culture at HKIA and our enthusiasm in providing customer-centric services.”
Dr Peter Lam said at the ceremony, “Quality tourism service is an essential factor in drawing visitors to Hong Kong, along with well-established infrastructure. I am proud to see that there is a group of highly dedicated staff who help provide visitors with a unique and memorable experience in Hong Kong. The CSEP has recognised many outstanding staff of the airport community since it was launched. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all the awardees for raising the bar for service excellence and reinforcing Hong Kong’s image as a hospitable city.”
This year, the “Best Customer Service of the Year” of the “Cross-Company Excellence Awards” went to eight staff from Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Airport Services Limited who facilitated a smooth journey for an earthquake rescue team. The airline staff were assigned to escort a team of firefighters, along with three rescue dogs, who travelled from Vancouver to Nepal via HKIA. Upon their arrival at HKIA, it was found that the health certificate of one rescue dog had expired. Understanding that the specially trained dogs were crucial to the search of earthquake survivors, the staff immediately took the initiative to contact the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and a local veterinarian for assistance, and the dog was certified to continue the journey. After the rescue mission, the team made a short stopover in Hong Kong. When checking in for the return flight back to Vancouver, a team member discovered he had left his bag at the hotel. With the help of ground staff and the hotel, the bag was successfully delivered to him at the airline’s check-in counter of the airport, allowing the full rescue team to return to Vancouver on schedule.