The UK’s 3rd largest airport is celebrating as passenger numbers at Manchester increased by 3.8% in March.
The airport welcomed 2.1m passengers in March. The was driven largely by European traffic as passengers flew off on skiing holidays and short breaks.
It means at the end of the financial year, 28,576,919 passengers have flown through the UK’s third busiest airport – an increase of 2.5% on the previous year.
The top 10 international destinations from Manchester for the year were:
During the last 12 months passengers have returned to Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey. Egypt saw 23% growth whilst Turkey saw 29% growth with holidaymakers taking advantage of flights to Antalya, Izmir, Dalaman and Bodrum.
Long haul growth was driven by the strong performance of flights to Mexico and the Caribbean. Passenger numbers to Mexico were up 21% whilst Caribbean saw 7% growth. Oman saw growth of 39% with passengers using the daily service to Muscat to visit the middle east and beyond. Elsewhere, Thailand saw growth of 141% driven by TUI’s new service to U-Tapao and extra capacity on its Phuket service.
Andrew Cowan, CEO at Manchester Airport, said:
“It’s been another positive month of growth for the airport and another strong year.
“Following the loss of Monarch, we have worked hard to backfill capacity and it’s pleasing that as the financial year closes out, we’ve not only done that but continued to grow. We now look ahead to what is set to be another busy summer for the airport as we welcome more passengers than ever before.
“The summer season started with us launching the first phase of our £1bn transformation programme, with the opening of a brand new pier and multi-storey car park and we are delighted customers are being able to experience these new facilities already.
“That should give people a flavour of things to come, as we work towards opening our terminal extension next year. In the meantime, we are working hard to ensure all our passengers have a smooth journey through the airport, especially as we build up to the Easter getaway.”