Poor weather pushes up Manchester airport passenger numbers

Poor weather pushes up Manchester airport passenger numbers

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Poor weather in the UK and a rise in long-haul traffic helped push passenger numbers up at Manchester airport last month.

More than 1.4 million people travelled through the airport, a rise of 6.2% on the same month last year.

This growth raised the annual total of passengers to more than 23 million – an increase of 5% for the same 12-month period in the previous year.

Scheduled international flights were up 14.55% in the month as travellers headed away on city breaks and in search of the sun, according to the airport.

Managing director, Ken O’Toole, said: “November was an extremely successful and significant month for Manchester airport as we broke the 23 million barrier and continued to announce new long and short haul services. Plus, we increased capacity on routes across Europe with our low-cost carriers.

“The new short-haul routes include easyJet to Paris, Olbia and Milan, plus Ryanair announced six new routes including Malta, Bratislava and Carcassonne.

“On the long haul front November saw Thomas Cook Airlines announce a new route to Tobago, while Thomson announced new services to Goa, Mauritius and Phuket.”

He added: “We are preparing for our busiest ever December, with the Christmas holiday period already looking very promising.

“We continue to recruit additional staff to ensure we can cope with the increased demand and capacity.

“Furthermore, looking forward to 2016 we will see new routes begin to Los Angeles, Boston and Beijing, all of which are services not available at any other UK airport outside of London.”


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