Manchester Airport ends 2017 on a high

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As well as record passenger numbers, 2017 saw Manchester Airport bag four of the key travel trade best UK airport awards. These include Travel Weekly, Travel Bulletin, Travel Trade Gazette and Selling Travel.

The first gong was collected in January at Travel Weekly's Globe Awards at Grosvenor House in London. It was the third year running the airport had bagged the accolade and it is now in the running for a fourth win next month at the 2018 ceremony.

Next up was the Travel Bulletin Star Awards held at the Langham Hotel, again in London. Manchester fought off competition from other UK airports including Birmingham, Liverpool and London Heathrow.

A hattrick was confirmed in September when at the Lyceum Theatre, the UK's third largest airport won at the Travel Trade Gazette Awards, which was hosted by funny man Rob Brydon.
The quadruple was achieved earlier this month when Manchester was crowned best UK airport at the Selling Travel Agents Choice Awards.

Patrick Alexander, Manchester Airport's Head of Marketing, said: "To win one best UK airport award is a great achievement, but to receive four is incredibly humbling.

"I would like to thank everyone who voted for us, be they our 27.7m annual passengers, travel agents or the industry.

"As the UK's global gateway in the North, Manchester Airport is going through exciting times as we grow and spend £1bn transforming terminal two, so to have that recognised makes all of us feel incredibly proud."

Manchester Airport is a global gateway and the largest airport outside London with more than 210 destinations served by 70 airlines. This year has seen the airport add direct services to San Francisco, Boston and Muscat. Next year will see Seattle launch.

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Alan Brough
Sunday 31st December 2017 at 12:20 pm
May I also nominate them for a further award.......for the biggest mess-up in the planning and execution of the road works around Airport City / Cargo Terminal which have been causing pain and misery to motorists for far too long.

If proof were needed that UK productivity lags badly behind that of other countries, just look at the pace at which this scheme develops.
Bob Bracegirdle
Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at 6:07 pm
And the useless travelators that never seem to be working. The miles of trudging around the airport to and from bus/rail/tram stations and the maze of retail nonsense you have to get through to get to a gate. Exhausting.
Simon Worthington
Thursday 4th January 2018 at 3:21 pm
Surely someone is having a joke here. I know that the rest of the airports in the UK are pretty awful but Manchester is an ambarrasment. How did it win these awards when it came nearly bottom of 80 international airports.
David Smith
Saturday 6th January 2018 at 9:35 am
There are two planning and construction disasters in the Manchester area. The first is the Metro transport system. I could write for ages on why this is so but leave it to you to judge for yourself. Look at an alternative transport system that was ignored at the link: http://www.tbus.org.uk/home.htm Manchester Airport has built a second runway in the wrong place. It should be alongside the M56 and staggered with the first runway. In-between would be the terminal buildings. There have been two major completely NEW runways in Europe in the recent past at Athens and Munich. These two layouts are perfect and operate efficiently. It is a bit surprising that they are in the two countries that are the richest and poorest in the EU. Looking at it like that, it could be said that the German economy has paid for them both! Compare both of these to Manchester and you should see why Manchester is a design failure. If you can’t see the reason then you are beyond help!

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