Manchester Airport is celebrating a record-breaking 2017, after it saw more passengers than ever fly from the airport.
Last year saw 27,791,274 passengers pass through the airport’s three terminals, representing an 8.5% increase year on year, with cargo up 9% to 123,576 tonnes.
New routes launched in 2017, to destinations such as San Francisco, Muscat, Boston, Riyadh, Granada and Seville. The first flight to San Francisco saw a delegation of figures from the North’s tech sector travel to meet US universities and funders, pitching investment and collaboration opportunities in the North.
Last year was also a good year for passengers flying to the Far East as both Cathay Pacific and Hainan Airlines increased their services to Beijing and Hong Kong to daily. In November, an economic report by Steer Davies Gleeve revealed that in its first year of operation the Manchester-Beijing route has driven a significant increase in exports, inward investment, and international student numbers into the North.
April saw a new VIP lounge open in Terminal Three. It was aptly named 1903, after the year of the first Wright Brother flight.
The Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, also visited Manchester Airport in July to see work begin on its 10-year, £1bn transformation programme. In November the first apprentices through the airport’s on-site academy were rewarded with full time jobs and building work on the site is now well under way.
In August, the airport welcomed back Andrew Cowan from Stansted Airport, as he became CEO of the UK’s global gateway in the North.
In December the airport had its busiest ever Christmas period with 1,833,620 passengers jetting off – a 1.5% increase on December 2016.
Andrew Cowan, CEO of Manchester Airport, said: “It’s been another strong year for Manchester Airport as passenger numbers continued to grow and we celebrated the launch of a number of key routes.
“The start of the building work for the Transformation programme was another key milestone for the airport. The project will allow us to unlock the full potential of our two runways and provide our passengers with a great customer experience. As we look ahead to 2018, we expect that passenger numbers will continue to grow and we’re looking forward to the launch of a new route to Seattle with Thomas Cook Airlines.”
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