The UK’s regional airports have been picking up the accolades recently, proving that as far as air travel is concerned small is definitely beautiful.
As many residents of northern England already know, there is more to airports up there than the big names of Manchester and Liverpool. Leeds Bradford Airport took the best airport award in the category of airports with up to six million passengers at the annual AOA (Airport Operators Association) ceremony earlier this month. Last year the new £11 million terminal was completed and passenger figures grew accordingly to 4.4 million a year. It is now possible to fly from the Yeadon base to a host of destinations domestically and in Europe. The BA Leeds Bradford to London Heathrow service makes it easy to connect to intercontinental services and many passengers also use Amsterdam as a convenient hub to connect to intercontinental KLM flights.
North of the border, Edinburgh Airport was voted top airport for the over-six-million-passengers category at the AOA awards ceremony. This is the fifth award for the Scottish airport this year. The airport’s Chief Executive said that the fact that the award was voted for by airlines themselves shows that their strategy was working. Several new routes have recently been announced including a direct flight from Edinburgh to Chicago due to start next May.
Again back in Yorkshire, Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster has been shortlisted for two business awards in recognition of its excellence in customer service and success in establishing partnerships “beyond normal commercial relationships”. This comes hot on the heels of being named as one of the top three airports in a Which? survey. Robin Hood was opened in 2005 and handled 770,000 passengers in 2012, down from over a million in its heyday in 2007.