Manchester Airport named best UK airport
Thu, 24 Sep, 2009
Manchester Airport has been awarded the title of airport of the year at the Travel Trade Gazette Awards.
It beat London Luton, Birmingham and Southampton airports to the top prize.
Andrew Cornish, Manchester Airport's managing director, said it was special to receive recognition from travel agents as they are the experts when it comes to the tourism industry.
He accepted the award on behalf of the 19,000 employees of Manchester Airport at the award ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
"The airport of the year award recognises everyone's commitment to creating an unrivalled experience for our passengers across every aspect of their journey through the airport," he said.
Around £25 million has been spent on improved security at the airport this year as part of an £80 million redevelopment of Manchester's two terminals.
Airports were judged on eight different criteria, including their facilities, customer service standards, and environmental performance.
In two of the other categories, Qatar Airlines was named airline of the year while First Choice was named short-haul operator of the year.