‘Fly Manchester’ takes effect on passengers using Manchester Airport

29th May 2013

Manchester Airport saw 1.52 million passengers use the airport during April 2013, according to figures released today. This was a rise of more than 3.5% when compared to April 2012, and marks a 12th consecutive month of year on year growth for the gateway to the North.

The statistics showed international scheduled flight traffic to be up by 6.2%. The growth has been credited to the 17 new routes added since the previous year including direct flights to Moscow, Warsaw and Stavanger.

The airport also has a range of international destinations that include New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Islamabad and Lahore. World class hubs such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Singapore also offer access to several destinations in Asia, China, India and Australasia.

A focus on the low cost sector has also gone some way towards Manchester’s continued success. The airport’s ‘Fly Manchester’ campaign was launched in April and sought to raise awareness of Manchester as home to the most low cost flights in the North.

Ken O’Toole, Chief Commercial Officer for Manchester Airports Group (MAG), owners of Manchester Airport, said: “We continue to see a positive uplift in passenger numbers, with Manchester having the highest absolute volume growth of any UK airport this April. April saw the second phase of our ‘Fly Manchester’ campaign launch to highlight the available low cost offering here at Manchester, promoting our extensive carrier and route networks which feature the likes of Ryanair, easyJet, Monarch, Germanwings, Jet2.com and Norwegian amongst others.”

Over 14m passengers are expected to use Manchester Airport during the Summer months. Manchester Airport is part of MAG, the UK’s second largest airport operator, serving 42 million passengers every year through its ownership and operation of Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports.

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For more information contact MAG’s press office 0161 489 2700 or email press.office@manairport.co.uk

Notes:

• Link to figures: http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/manweb.nsf/Content/TrafficStatisticsArchive

• Manchester Airport is the global gateway for the North of the UK and the largest airport outside London with over 200 destinations served by 65 airlines.

• Manchester’s long-haul catchment area places around 24 million people and 60% of all UK businesses within a two-hour drive time – it extends north through the Lake District into Scotland; east across Yorkshire and the North East; south to Birmingham and the Midlands; and west into Merseyside and Wales.

Published on: 29/05/2013 10:49:35