Passenger numbers continue to take off as three new Caribbean routes launch at Manchester Airport

18th December 2013

With Winter schedules now firmly in operation, November saw eighteen months of consecutive growth at Manchester Airport, with 1,313,810 passengers travelling through the UK’s third largest airport last month.

The moving annual total of passengers is currently at 20,624,526, a rise of 5.18% compared to last year.

The continued growth is attributed to a strong Winter season with a wealth of new routes for passengers to choose from, plus continued outreach from the airport’s ‘Fly Manchester’ campaign.

Passengers wanting to escape the Winter blues now have the choice of three new Caribbean destinations from Manchester Airport. In November Thomas Cook launched a direct flight to Barbados and this week sees the addition of St Lucia and Antigua. The flights make Manchester the only airport outside of London to offer direct flights to St Lucia and Antigua. The inaugural Barbados flight was full, which showcases the demand from passengers in the North of England.

Ken O’Toole, Chief Commercial Officer for Manchester Airports Groups (MAG), said: “It looks as though we are set for a busy Winter here at Manchester Airport and we are delighted that passengers are continuing to choose us as their airport of choice.

“With a wealth of new routes available, including being the only airport outside of London to now fly direct to St Lucia and Antigua, Manchester offers flexibility and options locally, without having to travel further afield. We’ve spent a great deal of time this year educating our catchment area that routes operate here, instead of having to travel to congested London airports. The time invested into our ‘Fly Manchester’ campaign is now paying dividends as passenger numbers continue to rise.”

As well as the new Thomas Cook routes, Aer Lingus increased capacity on its Manchester – Shannon route, by adding an extra daily flight. Also this month, Monarch has announced its 2014/15 Winter schedule, which is set to see a continuation of year round flights to Agadir from Manchester Airport; the Moroccan destination recently launched as part of the summer 2014 flight programme.

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• Link to figures:
• Manchester Airport is the global gateway for the North of the UK and the largest airport outside London with over 200 destinations served by 70 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.
• MAG serves 42 million passengers and handles almost half a million tonnes of air freight every year through its ownership and operation of London Stansted, Manchester, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports.

Published on: 18/12/2013 11:25:58