26 June, 2008 – Manchester Airport wins European Innovation Award
Manchester Airport was praised for its innovative approach to attracting airlines at the annual Airport Council International Europe Awards. The airport picked up the 'Best Airport 2008' award, just as it celebrates it's 70th anniversary.
The airport won in the ten-to-25 million passenger category at the Paris ceremony, with the judging panel particularly impressed by its ongoing community relations programme and its commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2015.
Furthermore, the airport was also commended for its near-seamless introduction of more than £2.2 million worth of x-ray machines and the way in which it moved to adhere to new security restrictions without impacting upon customer satisfaction levels.
Commenting on the award, managing director Andrew Cornish, stated: "We firmly believe that our approach is the right way to run an airport of the future and we’re delighted that the efforts of everyone here at Manchester Airport have been recognised in this award."
The news comes as the airport hosts a series of events to celebrate its landmark anniversary and the ongoing programme of expansion which has seen it go from handling just a few thousand passengers a year to more than 20 million in 2007.
Source: Invest in England's Northwest