Manchester Airport is number one for new routes this Summer

 4th April 2012

Summer is officially here for airlines and airports with Manchester Airport once again leading the way with sixteen new routes – the most in the UK to launch this Summer.

Manchester has enjoyed 12 months of successive passenger growth that has seen it become the 3rd largest airport in the UK again after it overtook Stansted Airport earlier this year. Passenger numbers have risen over the 19 million mark for the first time since the recession hit and Manchester has high hopes for a busy Summer ahead.

It’s expected to be a busy Easter with over 810,000 passengers using the airport during the Easter school holiday period from 1st April to 16th April. Over a quarter of a million (260,000) travellers have chosen the Easter weekend of Thursday 5th to Monday 9th April to make their getaway.

There are several new routes on offer this year across a range of low-cost, scheduled and long-haul carriers, boosting the destination offering for passengers flying from the North. Ryanair’s return to set up their 45th base has seen over 27 routes made available since the end of 2011 and services commencing for the Summer include Biarritz, Beziers, Ibiza, Murcia, Barcelona Reus, Tallinn, Tours and Valencia.

Jet2.com continue a rapid expansion from Manchester with an additional based aircraft to take their contingent up to ten with routes to the likes of Barcelona, Pula in Croatia and Toulouse in France. Easyjet also have routes to city destinations such as Berlin and Madrid and are joined by Lufthansa who have added a service to the new Berlin gateway at Brandenburg.

Following their move to Terminal 2, Monarch Airlines are making themselves a regular flier to the Italian market with new routes to Milan, Venice and Verona in Italy.
On long haul routes, carriers such as Turkish Airlines, the airline sponsor of Manchester United, are increasing from seven to ten services per week through their Istanbul hub helping passengers to access more routes to Asia and Australasia. While flying to the West, United Airlines will start a new service to Washington Dulles from the beginning of May.

Andrew Harrison, Chief Operating Officer for Manchester Airport, said: “With 12 months of consistent passenger growth behind us, we enter our traditional busiest period with lots of optimism and a belief that we can carry even more passengers to the destinations they require; while also encouraging more airlines to set up base here in the North West. The Summer schedule looks impressive and many of our airlines have witnessed the continuing passenger growth here and commenced new services as a result, so we’re looking at a initial busy period over Easter and lots more to look forward to as we enter the Summer months.”

On its route network, Manchester is already well served to the Middle and Far East by major carriers of the likes of Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Finnair, Pakistan International, Turkish Airlines and Biman Bangladesh. North American routes are also on offer with a variety of airlines that include US Airways, Delta, United, American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.

While the European network continues to flourish with the likes of Flybe, easyJet, Air Nostrum, Icelandair, Lufthansa, Swiss, Jet2.com, Ryanair, Norwegian, SAS, Air France and KLM. Thomas Cook remains an important part of the network at Manchester with similarly strong operations from the likes of Monarch and Thomson.

Additional car parking has been introduced for the peak season to accommodate the additional levels of traffic and the airport is encouraging users to pre-book via the website to ensure a space is available.

The airport’s Escape Lounges in terminals 1 and 2 are open between 5am and 8.30pm for leisure and business passengers looking to start their holidays in style. Priority Pass holders and Airport Angels are also welcome in the Escape Lounges. Passengers looking to pre-book car parking, lounge access or fast track services can do so on the website at www.manchesterairport.co.uk

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For further information please contact the Manchester Airport press office via email at press.office@manairport.co.uk or on 0161 489 2700.

Published on: 05/04/2012 08:18:37