Manchester Airport reaches major milestone

Manchester Airport reaches major milestone

Staff at Manchester Airport have every reason to celebrate after the airport reached the 25 million passenger milestone for the first time in its 78-year history.

Manchester Airport has welcomed 25 million people through its doors this year, marketing the best year in the airports history.

This equates to year-on-year growth of 9.3% and has been driven by the addition of new long haul services and increased frequency and capacity on short haul routes.

Collette Roche, deputy CEO of Manchester Airport, said: “We are really pleased to have hit this significant milestone and look forward to continuing to grow our passenger numbers.

“At a time when capacity in the South is constrained, we are adding more passengers and routes than ever before.

“In the last year alone we have launched flights to Houston, Beijing, Boston, to name a few, all of which can only be found at Manchester outside of London.

“This underpins the role we play in the North as the global entry point of the Northern Powerhouse and as economic provider and job creator.”

The growth can be attributed to a range of factors, mainly the addition of a wealth of new long haul routes and increasing capacity, and frequency, on short haul destinations.

Direct flights to Hong Kong, Miami, Jeddah, Aruba, Boston, Los Angeles, Houston and Beijing were all launched in the last few years.  

Routes have also been announced to Phuket, Mauritius, Goa, Tobago, Muscat, San Francisco and Cayo Coco for the rest of 2016 and summer 2017.

The airport has also seen massive growth with low cost carriers with new destinations, enhanced winter programmes and additional based aircraft. 

The top ten most popular international destinations over the last year from the Northern Gateways 210 routes were: 

1. Amsterdam

2. Dublin 

3. Dubai 

4. Tenerife 

5. Alicante 

6. Palma 

7. Malaga 

8. Paris 

9. Orlando 

10. Faro