Manchester tops UK airport popularity survey

A survey has revealed that Manchester is the UK’s favourite airport.

The study, which was carried out by Skyscanner, a web-based travel search site, polled 1,600 UK travellers on their airport preferences and Manchester proved to be the most popular. The airports at Gatwick, Newcastle and Birmingham closely followed the northern airport in the rankings.

Manchester proved to be the winner based on a number of factors, including the quality of its customer service, its on-site facilities, the quality of its bars and restaurants and the range and quality of its shopping options. It was also claimed to be well organised, and accessible.

Gatwick’s second place was primarily due to the helpfulness of its staff and the ample capacity of its check-in areas, while Newcastle was popular for the ease with which it could be transited.

Heathrow was the second best London airport, coming in fifth place, but the capital’s other three facilities, Luton, London City and Stansted, all featured in the list’s bottom four. Scottish airport, Aberdeen, was given the dubious honour of being placed last, with the survey’s respondents particularly unimpressed with the quality of its baggage collection area.

Victoria Bailie commented on the results for Skyscanner, saying, ‘The UK’s leading airports handle millions of passengers every year and the results of our study shows that whilst Manchester is the third busiest in the UK, it still manages to keep passengers happy.’

The full league table was as follows:

Manchester Airport

London Gatwick Airport

Newcastle Airport

Birmingham International Airport

London Heathrow Airport

Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Glasgow International Airport

Edinburgh Airport

East Midlands Airport

Bristol Airport

Belfast International Airport

London Stansted Airport

London City Airport

London Luton Airport