Manchester airport on course to top 23m passengers in 2015

Manchester airport on course to top 23m passengers in 2015

Manchester airport is on course to break the 23 million passenger barrier by the end of the year after a record August.

Numbers were up by more than 5% in the month to more than 2.6 million, making it the busiest summer in the airport’s 77 year history.

An average of 86,713 people flew via Manchester every day during the 31 days of August.

This gave the northern hub a new all-time high rolling annual total of 22,750,477, placing it on course to break the 23 million barrier by the end of the year.

August saw scheduled international passengers increase by 7.66% on the same period last year, while charter travel was up by 1.13% in 2015.

Managing director, Ken O’Toole, said: “This has been a truly astounding summer and the number of people flying from the north of England has surpassed all forecasts, providing a boost for our airline, tour operators and retail partners, as well as creating jobs and boosting the local economy as a direct result.

“We continue to work hard to ensure services and capacity match the demand that continues to grow across our broad and diverse catchment area.

“As this, our strongest summer in history, which spans over three-quarters of a century demonstrates, Manchester airport is a vital cog in rebalancing the economy and ensuring the northern powerhouse gathers speed and momentum.”

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