Barcelona and Manchester named among best airports in Europe
Tuesday 22 June 2010
Barcelona, Manchester, Lyon and Malta airports have been recognized as the best in Europe by the Airport Council International Europe.
The group identified all four as the leading airports in Europe on June 18 at its annual award ceremony, selecting them as leaders in their respective size categories over 400 airports in 46 countries.
Barcelona was selected as Europe's best large airport (over 25 million passengers annually), with judges praising its "magnificent new facilities" which have added some 70 new shops, 40 bars and six VIP lounges.
Judges also praised the €100 million environmental investment program and Barcelona's work with disability groups to ensure that the airport is as accessible as possible for all passengers.
Britain's Manchester airport was judged the best in the 10-25 million passenger category, with airport boss Geoff Muirhead saying that providing high quality customer service was at the heart of the airport's strategy to become one of the best in the world.
France's Lyon Airports took the award for the 5-10 million passengers on the basis of the environmental awareness and relations with the local community displayed by both of the city's airports, and Malta International was voted Europe's best small airport (1-5 million passengers).
Airports Council International Europe, which represents some 90 percent of commercial airports in Europe, also singled out Stockholm Arlanda and Izmir Adnan Menderes in Turkey for an outstanding contribution to environmental performance.
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