Manchester airport hits 22m annual passengers

Manchester airport hits 22m annual passengersThe annual number of passengers using Manchester airport hit the 22 million mark last week for the first time since 2007.

Passenger numbers using the UK’s third-busiest airport have grown 24% since 2010 and have increased by one million since May 2014.

The total of 22 million passengers using the airport since January last year have flown to 210 international destinations, with the most popular being Dubai, Dublin, Tenerife, Amsterdam and Palma.

Manchester airport

Manchester Airports Group chief commercial officer Ken O’Toole said: “Manchester airport’s significant growth is testament to the critical role it plays in UK aviation, providing the north of England and our extended catchment area with global connectivity through an unrivalled network of short and long haul destinations.

“We have more than 22 million people living within two hours of Manchester airport and our continued addition of new routes and increased frequencies is seeing customers choose Manchester, rather than other airports.

“We continue to grow thanks to the strength of our catchment, the support of our airline partners and the continued hard work and dedication of all MAG colleagues. With more than 65 airlines and over 210 routes from Manchester, there is huge choice for passengers, whether flying on business or pleasure.

“2015 is set to be another busy year for the airport and we look forward to adding even more routes to our offering.”

The 22 millionth passenger was Thomas Cook Airlines passenger Harry O’Connor Harry received a pair of return tickets to Miami from the carrier, plus access to Manchester airport’s Escape Lounge, a £250 duty free voucher and FastTrack passes.

Thomas Cook Airlines starts new Manchester routes to Miami and New York from May.

Christoph Debus, chief airlines & hotels officer for Thomas Cook Group, said: “It’s fantastic for our airline to be a part of the ongoing success of Manchester Aairport, our home and long-haul hub and we are looking forward to more success as we begin even more routes to the USA this year.”

Sourced from Travel Weekly

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