Manchester Airport declared Airport of the Year - Manchester,Travel Airport News

Airport news for Manchester,Travel on 25/09/2009.

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Trumping other UK airports like Southampton Airport and London Luton, Manchester Airport has won the Airport of the Year title at the Travel Trade Gazette Awards held on Tuesday.

The Travel Trade Gazette Awards are voted for by travel agents and industry observers from all over the UK.

Manchester Airport has spent around £80,000,000 on redeveloping both its terminals this year. Around £25,000,000 of this total figure went to improving security standards. The airport's managing director, Andrew Cornish expressed delight at the recognition, saying the airport was proud to have earned the highly acclaimed accolade. Cornish said the award was a tribute to efforts of the 19,000 staff who work at Manchester Airport, and that it recognised their commitment to providing passengers with an unrivalled experience.

The airport chief said travel agents are the industry's experts, and that winning recognition from them was "praise indeed".

Manchester Airport was just recently in the news for a completely unrelated incident. Millionaire Philip Meeson, owner of budget carrier Jet2 caused a stir at the airport earlier this week, when he let loose on his managers after he spotted long queues at the Jet2 desk at the airport.

 Reportedly at the airport for a spot-check on his staff, the airline boss was furious to notice irate passengers were stuck in long queues while the Jet2 staff seemed to be standing around doing little to help.

Meeson is reported to have given his managers a verbal lashing, which drew applause from the passengers- but also attracted the airport police, who issued him with an official warning. Meeson has since apologised, but stressed that his actions were intended to help the passengers of the airline.

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