Houston route to boost exporters

Houston route to boost exporters

Manchester’s first direct service to Houston is set to provide a major boost to exporters across the North West of England.

Singapore Airlines has revealed plans to launch the first ever direct service from Manchester to Houston, USA, providing a major boost to the region’s exporters.

The new service will run five times weekly as of 30 October and will be the UK’s only direct service to Houston outside of London.

The route will provide a major boost to companies operating in the oil and gas industry in particular as the US city is a world leader in the sector.

Ken O’Toole, CEO of Manchester Airport, said: “This service will open up a whole new part of America to business and leisure passengers across the North. 

“The number of direct long haul routes from Manchester to the States has grown significantly in recent years and in 2017 there will now be more than 2 million seats available on flights between the two locations.

“This is the latest example of a route launching at Manchester that is not available anywhere else outside of London. 

“It underlines the role Manchester Airport is playing in connecting the North with its most important business and tourism markets.

“This year marks 30 years of Singapore airlines flying from Manchester and it is our longest serving Long haul carrier, so we are particularly pleased to be chosen for its first ever UK transatlantic service. 

“It is one of the world’s premier airlines and it is great to know passengers using this new route will receive some of the best service levels in the market.”

According to statistics by UKTI, UK trade in goods and services to the US totalled £135bn in 2012, up 3.6% from the year before with around 17% of all British exports ending up in the US.

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