Manchester Airport, the UK’s third biggest, was last night crowned LGBT-Friendly Travel Company of the Year at the annual Travel Trade Gazette Awards, hosted by Chatty Man Alan Carr.

The airport was one of ten contenders for the accolade and beat off stiff competition from companies including Thomas Cook Group, James Villa Holidays, Flight Centre and Kuoni.

The accolade reflects Manchester Airport’s strong on-going commitment to the LGBT agenda in travel. It sponsored six UK Prides in 2018, up from five in 2017.

The Northern hub also has a diversity agenda for its staff and supports a host of inclusivity initiatives across its vast catchment area and beyond.

The event was held at the Lyceum Theatre in London, where the award was collected by Patrick Alexander and Olivia Bussey from the airport’s marketing team, plus Seb Thompson from the press Office.

“It is a real honour to take home this award and I’d like to thank everyone who voted for us, plus the team at TTG,” said Patrick. 

“It’s been a great evening with the travel industry’s finest on show and it’s a delight to take home the award for LGBT-Friendly travel company of the year.”

Patrick and Seb were both also shortlisted as TTG Travel Pride Champions earlier in the year due to the pair’s commitment in this area.

“After a busy summer celebrating Prides across the UK it fills me with utter pride and joy to win this accolade,” said Seb.

“Everyone at the airport will be over the moon and we look forward to continuing to champion the LGBT agenda in 2019.”

It’s a week of good news for the airport, the UK’s third largest with 27.9 million passengers, which has more than 210 destinations served by over 70 airlines.

This week a “golden era” of relations between the North and China was revealed in an independent study launched at the British Embassy in Beijing by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.

Driven by two years of direct flights between Manchester Airport and Beijing, the report showed levels of growth in trade, tourism and knowledge exchange between the North and the Far East are outstripping national averages.

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