Summer season starts as airport celebrates annual growth in passenger numbers

14th April 2014

More than 1.43m passengers travelled through Manchester Airport in March 2013, slightly down on last year’s figures, with Easter falling later in the year meaning many passengers will wait until April to take a late Spring getaway.

March saw the announcement of more long haul services including direct routes to Jeddah from Manchester with FlyNas, Saudi Arabia’s budget airline, while Finnair celebrated 20 years of flights to Manchester Airport. Finnair connects passengers from the North to Helsinki and then onwards across Asia.

April marks the start of the Summer holiday period with new and increased routes on offer from Manchester this year with airlines such as EasyJet, Ryanair, Jet2.com, Thomas Cook, Thomson and Monarch. Etihad Airways are also increasing aircraft size on their Abu Dhabi flights for those looking for an exotic holiday destination, with access across their global network via Abu Dhabi. While Delta Airlines are increasing their aircraft size on the Atlanta route, giving more passengers access across the USA and beyond.

New routes will be available to Catania in Sicily with EasyJet who are also increasing on routes to Keflavik in Iceland and Thessaloniki in Greece. Vienna in Austria, Bergerac in France and Jersey in the Channel Islands are new for Jet2.com for Summer 2014. While Barcelona in Spain, Bologna in Italy, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lisbon in Portugal and Zadar in Croatia are new for Ryanair at Manchester. Monarch adds Agadir in Morocco, Hurghada in Egypt, Malta, Naples in Italy and Enfidha in Tunisia. Thomas Cook Airlines continue with Barbados in their Summer programme and Thomson Airlines add Puerto Vallarta in Mexico to their offer at Manchester.

Ken O’Toole, Chief Commercial Officer for MAG, owner of Manchester Airport, said: “With Easter falling late this year, we’re expecting an upsurge of customers booking April holidays as they take advantage of the long Easter weekend.

“April marks the start of our summer season and we’re excited to launch a number of new and increased routes to give our customers a much wider choice of destinations and more frequent services.”

The airport expects to pass the 21m passenger mark during the Summer, holding on to the third place position in the UK’s major airports, while continuing to be the gateway to the North of England.

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For more information contact the airport press office on 0161 489 2700 or email press.office@manairport.co.uk

• 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 Airport’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 43 million passengers and handles almost half a million tonnes of air freight every year through its ownership and operation of the airports of London Stansted, Manchester, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports.

Published on: 14/04/2014 16:52:29