Passenger Numbers Fly High at Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport has seen Passenger Numbers go up to nearly 2 million people in April 2016 thanks to European football and holidays in Spain

Terminal 2 at Manchester Airport.
Terminal 2 at Manchester Airport.

Britain’s favorite airport enjoyed a huge increase in passenger numbers during April thanks to European football fixtures for both Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC. Popular holiday destinations such as Spain and Portugal were also a contributing factor. Many people chose to escape the terrible weather endured we had in the North West of England around Easter.

At total of 1,920,084 people passed through the UK’s second biggest airport in April 2016. Manchester Airport announced it hit 25 months of continuous growth, an 11% increase on April 2015. Annual passenger numbers at Manchester Airport are now up to a staggering 23.7 million. This equates to an increased number of aircraft using the airport of 12%, 15,000 aircraft compared to April 2015.

Airport bosses say the increases in growth are thanks to new airlines and routes having been added over the last few months. Airlines such as Monarch and Jet2.com have added new routes to Tel Aviv, Lisbon, Naples and Krakow. The most popular destinations around Easter were Tenerife, Alicante and Dubai and closer to home Dublin and Amsterdam.

Football fans from local clubs Liverpool FC and Manchester City used the airport in large numbers during April. They also welcomed fans from Paris and Dortmund in Germany.

Long haul destinations increased in popularity to destinations such as Orlando and New York which boosted travel to the USA by 30% and Mexico by 24% compared with the same period last year.

Ken O’Toole, Manchester Airports CEO, said:

“It’s been another strong month for growth and it sets the tone for what we hope will be a record summer for Manchester Airport. April saw new route launches from Jet2.com and Monarch to the likes of Krakow, Naples and Tel Aviv and May sees the launch of direct flights to Los Angeles and Boston with Thomas Cook Airlines. There are many reasons people visit Manchester but football is one of the citys key selling points and when fans are here, we know they go on to spend money in hotels, bars, restaurants, cafes and other attractions. It is pleasing to see the airport playing such a positive role in driving the visitor economy of the North West in this way.

There are exciting times ahead and a bright future for Manchester Airport and here at CHM Chauffeuring we are delighted to be part of this future with the airport transfers services we provide.

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