Manchester airport has entered the European top 20 largest airports by passenger numbers after strong demand in the past year for both short and long haul travel.
In the 12 months to March 31, the airport increased passenger numbers by 11.5 per cent. Key short haul growth markets have been Spain, Italy and Greece and new long haul routes to Beijing, San Francisco, Houston and Muscat have been successfully launched.
Manchester Airports Group (MAG) which also owns Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth recorded its sixth consecutive year of growth across the four airports – passenger numbers across the group rose 7.7 per cent.
Stansted is now handling 6.8 million more passengers a year than when MAG acquired the airport in 2013 - an increase of 39 per cent.
East Midlands airport saw passenger numbers grow 4.4 per cent. Bournemouth Airport’s passenger levels were in line with the prior year at 0.7m.
MAG CEO, Charlie Cornish, said: “Our plans for significant investment in Manchester Airport and London Stansted will not only improve the experience for passengers and airlines using our airports but also provide the foundations upon which we will be able to meet anticipated future demand.
“Manchester Airport is now one of Europe’s top 20 largest airports, reflecting the quality of the access it offers to global markets and London Stansted will play an increasingly vital role in providing London and the South East with valuable international connectivity.”