MANCHESTER Airport is flying high after being named the UK’s best airport at the Travel Bulletin Star Awards.

The UK’s third largest airport fought off competition from the likes of Heathrow, Liverpool and Birmingham to receive the accolade.

The award comes after the busiest summer on record for Manchester Airport that saw more than three million passengers jet off on holiday in August alone and the busiest ever day recorded on Friday, August 25, as more than 112,000 passengers passed through the three terminals.

This year has also seen new destinations to San Francisco and Muscat, making Manchester the only UK airport outside of London to offer these destinations.

Work also began on a £1 billion transformation programme this summer.

Voted for by travel agents and industry experts, representatives from Manchester Airport picked up the award at a glittering award ceremony at the Langham Hotel in London.

Patrick Alexander, Manchester Airport’s head of marketing, said: “We’re delighted to receive this fantastic award and would like to thank all the travel agents and people who voted for Manchester Airport. 2017 has been an incredible year for the airport with record passenger numbers, the beginning of work on our £1 billion transformation project and expansion by lots of our airlines.”