With the reported return of ice and snow over this Bank Holiday weekend, passengers are celebrating the start of the Summer Season at Manchester Airport by leaving our bad weather behind.

With the clocks springing forward last Sunday starting the official holiday season, Manchester Airport has kicked off the Summer Season in style. Many of our airlines have already announced big additions to their schedules as well as new airlines starting operations and airlines increasing frequencies on popular routes.

This Bank Holiday weekend around 300,000 passengers will travel though Manchester Airport with 150,000 departing hoping to find sunnier climes. The most popular destinations are the guaranteed sunspots of the Canaries, Egypt, Turkey and for the shorter weekend breaks the airport has seen increases in bookings to Venice and Prague.

Manchester Airport Managing Director, Andrew Cornish, said: “It’s been a tough few years for the aviation industry and we are still in a fragile place but looking at our Summer schedule, the growth that our airlines have announced is a real reason to be optimistic, underlined by the announcement from Emirates on Tuesday.

“Although passenger numbers have been down, we've invested heavily in our commercial offering and our growth rate in retail is outstripping the high street at over 7%. That's confirmation that the new range of products we have in areas like duty free, clothing and food and beverage has been welcomed by our customers.”

The low cost leisure carriers have has continued growth at Manchester with announcing nine new routes for Summer 2010 including a new route to Venice, which is a new destination for Manchester taking their number of destinations served to a total of twenty-six.

Easyjet have added three new routes to their Summer operation making the number of destinations they travel to nineteen and Flybe are the first carrier to join Manchester with its sister airport at Bournemouth, which is commencing in May. Bmibaby will also be landing in Lourdes from April onwards, and will be operating three weekly flights to Faro from end of March, taking their destinations served from Manchester to fourteen.

Long haul services are also on the rise with one of the Emirates A380’s coming to Manchester from September. Boosting the number, Singapore Airlines also announced plans to operate five times a week from Singapore via Munich, Germany’s third-largest city. While Etihad Airways announced a capacity increase of nearly 60% - 2,100 extra seats - on its services between Manchester and Abu Dhabi from June. The very popular JFK from Manchester will return with a new service from American Airlines commencing in May and Delta Airlines re-starting JFK also in May.

With scheduled services to Europe, the airport has also seen an increase with CSA Czech Airlines returning to Manchester with six flights per week to Prague. Lufthansa will operate a daily service to Stuttgart six times per week from 12th April while Pegasus Airlines will start two new scheduled services to Manchester from Dalaman and Antalya.

Published on: 01/04/2010 11:16:57