Elbow for new airport lounge in passenger survey

Mercury Award winners Elbow have collected another accolade after one of their tracks was voted most popular song to listen to before a flight by passengers at Manchester Airport’s new Escape Lounge.

The airport has been surveying users of the recently opened 1.7million lounge in Terminal One to find out which songs help them to relax before a flight and put them in the mood for their holidays – with Elbow’s hit “One Day Like This” coming in at number one.

The band - Guy Garvey, Mark Potter, Craig Potter, Pete Turner and Richard Jupp - paid a flying visit to the Escape Lounge at Manchester Airport over the weekend, where they were presented with a commemorative record, before jetting off to Mallorca.

Sarah Barrett, Manchester Airport’s Head of Customer Experience, said: “We have done everything possible to create the perfect escape atmosphere for our passengers. Our customer insight team has looked at every aspect of the lounge experience, including the most popular song people would like to listen to enjoy the start of their journey.

“Elbow have already collected a plethora of awards for their work, so it probably no surprise that ‘One Day Like This’ was the most popular song as it is an inspiring piece of music. However, we thought it would be nice to commemorate their first visit to the Escape Lounge and the fact our passengers picked them out in the popularity stakes especially as they are local lads whose contribution to the city’s musical heritage is something to be very proud of.”

To date Elbow have released four top-twenty studio albums and seven top-forty singles in the UK. "One Day Like This" is the second single from Elbow's fourth album The Seldom Seen Kid. Released in June 2008, it has been in the UK Top 200 Singles for over 100 weeks and remains there now. In May 2009 it won the prestigious Ivor Novello award for Best Song. The band also won the 2008 Mercury Music Prize for The Seldom Seen Kid album, which has been in the UK Top 100 Albums for 124 weeks and is still in there now.

The Escape Lounge opened at the start of July 2010, and has already been a huge hit, with over 100,000 passengers expected to use the facility every year. Customers can book into the new lounge at www.manchesterairport.co.uk or by phone on 0871 200 4450.

For more information, contact the Manchester Airport press office on 0161 489 2700 or press.office@manairport.co.uk

Published on: 04/08/2010 09:00:00