Airport edges closer to 21m target as April sees 11% increase

12th May 2014

More than 1.6 million passengers travelled through Manchester Airport in April, which was 11% higher than the same time last year.

It means the airport is expected to reach the 21m annual passenger mark over the Summer. Manchester Airport’s highest ever passenger figure stood at 22m during 2007.

April marked the start of the airport’s summer season and saw passengers take advantage of the late Easter break with a flurry of flights, with more people flying to destinations including Orlando, Barbados, Las Vegas, and Doha proving popular destinations for the Easter period.

The airport’s route network was further strengthened with new routes launching to Jeddah from Saudia Airlines and Barcelona, Bologna, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lisbon and Zadar from Ryanair. Ryanair also increased flights on five of its existing routes to Dublin, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Malaga and Tenerife in time for the summer holiday rush.

April also saw the announcement of major new route deals including a non-stop Far East flight service to Hong Kong from Cathay Pacific, which will launch in December 2014. Thomas Cook announced the launch of the only UK flights to Miami outside of London, with a bi-weekly schedule from Manchester starting in May 2015. The airline will also operate a three times per week service to New York’s JFK Airport from May next year.

Thomson announced four new routes to Alghero in Italy, Djerba in Tunisia, Split in Croatia and La Palma in the Canary Islands, meaning passengers will be able to fly to a total of 59 destinations from Manchester Airport as of Summer 2015.

Ken O’Toole, Chief Commercial Officer for MAG, owner of Manchester Airport, said: “April was an incredibly exciting month for Manchester Airport. Not only are we experiencing a resurgence in passenger numbers, we’re seeing the fruition of some incredibly hard work behind the scenes to continue Manchester Airport’s growth, which sees it remain the third largest airport in the UK and the gateway to the North of England.

“Securing the Cathay Pacific flights to Hong Kong means Manchester will be the only airport outside of London to have a non-stop, direct service to China. It’s a deal which will create new jobs and stimulate economic growth in the north of England.”


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Published on: 12/05/2014 16:56:32