Manchester retains top airport title

MANCHESTER Airport has continued its recent purple patch of good news by retaining its Best UK Airport title.

The airport, saw off competition from its larger rivals Heathrow and Gatwick, to win at the annual Globe Travel Awards 2015. The award comes only two months after Manchester was crowned UK Airport of the Year at the Airport Operators Association annual awards.

Ken O’Toole, chief commercial officer for Manchester Airports Group said: “We are absolutely delighted to beat off fierce competition to win such an esteemed award and thank all the travel agents who voted for Manchester Airport.

“It has been an incredibly successful year at Manchester Airport and we hope to soon see passenger numbers back over 22 million – a symbolic figure we’ve not seen since July 2006.

“Over the last 12 months we have significantly grown, not just from a passenger point of view but from a destination perspective. Last year we confirmed a direct route to Hong Kong, with Cathay Pacific, which makes Manchester the only airport outside of London with a direct non-stop service to China.

“As well as adding more routes we also continue to develop and invest in the airport, it is reasons like these, I believe, made us a worthy winner in the awards.”