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Manchester Airport Numbers Soaring

The UK's third largest airport edges close to all-time record

Published on October 15th 2014.

Manchester Airport Numbers Soaring

MANCHESTER Airport looks certain to break its all-time record number of passengers this year, with over 21.7 million passengers passing through the airport already in 2014.

The previous record is 22 million passengers.

“It’s a virtuous circle – the more people that use the airport, the more directs routes and new services our airline partners will offer."

Passenger numbers for September 2014 are up by 5% on the same period last year with 2.3m people travelling through the airport.

Domestic passenger numbers rose by 8% over the previous year and international traffic has again proved strong rising by over 9%.

The amount of freight carried through the airport also saw an increase of 1.7%, up from 8,134 tonnes to 8,272 tonnes year-on-year.

Manchester is the UK's third largest airport, behind London Heathrow which serves around 72 million passengers a year, and London Gatwick which sees 36 million passengers pass through every year.

The increases follow a new £500,000 investment by airport owner, the Manchester Airport Group (MAG) to extend its successful ‘Fly Manchester’ marketing campaign, targeting the four million passengers from its catchment area that travel to other airports when they could access the same routes direct from Manchester.

Manchester Airport Terminal 2Manchester Airport Terminal 2 

Ken O’Toole, Chief Commercial Officer for MAG, said:

“Our investment in the latest instalment of the campaign aims to promote Manchester as the option for long haul flights across Birmingham, Stoke, Stafford, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Leeds and Bradford; as well as the low cost option across Merseyside, St Helens, Warrington and Wigan.

September has proved to be a strong end to a great summer for us and the sustained increase in the number of passengers using this airport shows that we are having an impact in terms of raising awareness of the routes on offer from Manchester across our catchment area.

“It’s a virtuous circle – the more people that use the airport, the more directs routes and new services our airline partners will offer; while the more flight options and capacity this brings, enables and encourages more people to fly direct from Manchester – so it is a big win-win both for the regional economy and for the people living here.”


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8 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousOctober 15th 2014.

Manchester Airport numbers are soaring at the expense of Liverpool Airport and entirely because they saw sense eventually and made the budget airlines welcome at Manchester.

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rinkydinkOctober 15th 2014.

Liverpool Airport has about 4.5 million passengers a year compared to Manchester's 21. Its not in the same league as Manchester. I don't even think you can do long haul from there can you? Liverpool's is also in the middle of what looks like a council estate and you can'tget there by train or tram . So - no comparison really

AnonymousOctober 15th 2014.

Yeah...Liverpool airport sucks. Are there still military flights out of there?

rinkydinkOctober 15th 2014.

Pants innit. A really depressing start to your holiday! Goodness knows what any foreign visitor must think

AnonymousOctober 15th 2014.

You're foreign. What do you think?

Fix ItOctober 15th 2014.

I'm all for more flights, more destinations & having more long haul flights that have only been offered from London before. It's great for the region, but can someone please sort out the ticket machines at the short stay car park? There's a couple at the entrance/exit of the terminal where everyone has to wait because the ones outside are always out of service. It drives me insane!!!!

AnonymousOctober 15th 2014.

Liverpool IS a great alternative to many from Greater Manchester..IS quite accessible too...Manchester on the up? We have a business and do short hops to Europe often BUT, all too often, flights not available from Manchester when want them...

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AnonymousOctober 15th 2014.

Blackpool Airport is on the brink of closure and the way Liverpool Airport passenger numbers have crashed in last few years it could be in serious trouble soon as well.Once Easyjet and Ryanair started to focus more on business passengers then Liverpool was in trouble,as Manchester can attract a lot more to its airport.

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