Manchester Airport received some excellent news last week when they were named Best Airport for 2008 in the 10 to 25 million passenger category.
This much coveted award was given by the Airports Council International and was the only award to be won by a UK airport.
Particular points singled out for praise by the judges were the airport’s success in attracting new airlines, the commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, its sponsorship of the arts, and the excellent relations with the local community.
Needless to say, Manchester Airport’s MD, Andrew Cornish, was delighted with the award, particularly in light of some of the stiff competition from other European airports.
He expressed his pleasure that the efforts of all the staff at the airport in making life “as easy and hassle-free” for its customers had been recognised.
The good news came just two days after a stark warning was given that Manchester Airport must “grow or die”. Dr John Kasarda from the University of North Carolina gave the warning at the Innovation Manchester event.
He said that the city’s leaders must worry less about the airport’s carbon footprint and more about ensuring that the airport becomes the focal point for the region’s growth.
Manchester Airport, which last week celebrated its 70th anniversary, is now the largest airport outside London and fourth largest in the whole of the UK.
Passenger numbers currently stand at 22 million a year. Seventy years ago the 8,000 passengers a year had a choice of twelve destinations from Manchester.
Nowadays the airport serves 220 destinations across the globe, the greatest number of any UK airport.