Manchester Airport reports strongest UK passenger performance at start of 2013

11th March 2013

Figures released today show that 1.19 million passengers travelled through Manchester Airport in February 2013, which was a 1.5% improvement on February 2012 statistics. Allowing for the impact of the additional leap year day in February 2012, the underlying growth is nearer 5%.

The increase in passenger figures marks the airport’s tenth consecutive month of year on year growth, with performance attributed to an increase in international scheduled traffic, additional long haul capacity and new services introduced by low cost carriers, including those on the 7th based easyJet aircraft which commenced operations during the month.

Overall load factors – which show how full the average flight was – reached 74.6% in February 2013, which was 3.7ppt up on February 2012. The moving annual total for Manchester Airport is now 19.7 million passengers.

Ken O’Toole, Chief Commercial Officer for MAG, owners of Manchester Airport, said: "During the first month of the year, we experienced the highest growth of any major airport* in the UK. January’s passenger numbers showed that traffic at Manchester grew by 3.2% or 36,000 versus January 2012, and that’s a result of stronger overall load factors and increased capacity on a number of carriers including Emirates, Monarch, United Airlines and Ryanair.

“This year, we have our sights fixed on getting passenger numbers up past 20 million for Manchester and that will be significant because the last time we were at that level was back in 2008. This Summer season, we will see the launch of new services from easyJet to Moscow, Stavanger with Norwegian and Warsaw with Ryanair, all of which will contribute in achieving that ambition.”


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Published on: 21/03/2013 15:19:07