Nottingham airport takes regional prize

Nottingham East Midlands Airport has won Best Regional Airport (UK)
at the annual ‘Selling Long Haul and Short Breaks and Holidays Travel
Awards’ for 2006.Hundreds of travel agents from across the UK and Ireland voted in the
categories which included airlines, tour operators, hotels and tourist
offices. Senior representatives from NEMA will be presented with the award
at the World Travel Market, being held at Excel in London this week (6-9
November 2006).

NEMA Managing Director, Penny Coates said, “This news is really pleasing
for the whole team at the Airport who work incredibly hard to ensure the
very best levels of customer service. It shows once again the confidence,
trust and respect our colleagues in the travel industry have for the
Airport. We are delighted that this has been recognised in a very
competitive marketplace”.

Publishing Director and Managing Editor, Alan Orbell said, “The category
won by Nottingham East Midlands - Best Regional Airport (UK) - was
particularly impressive as they were one of 10 nominees including some
major regional city airports. The fact is that out of these 10 airports,
Nottingham East Midlands came out on top in the opinion of the UK?s travel
agents. This is a highly significant achievement against stiff

The awards are now firmly established as one of the travel trade’s most
eagerly awaited events - as this year’s high number of votes illustrated.
The award winners will be announced in a special December issue of
‘Selling Long Haul’ and the winter issue of ‘Short Breaks and Holidays’.
Both publications will be distributed to the entire UK and Irish travel
trades in early December. Both issues will include several pages of
pictures of the winners receiving their awards at WTM. It?ll also include
a round up of news from the London travel show.

Last year the Airport won ?Best UK Airport? at the British Travel Awards
2005 in London. Eleven airports including Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted
and Birmingham were also nominated in the category. The criteria that the
judges considered in determining the winner included developments over the
last 12 months, annual passenger figures, new routes and new airlines,
relations with the UK travel industry, terminal, retail and other
developments like road and rail access, work with the local community and
environmental safeguards.