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Passenger traffic surges for MAG’s airports

London Stansted gets green light for £130m development

Manchester Airports Group (MAG) increased passenger numbers by 8.1 per cent in July to 6.3 million across its four UK airports.

Stansted saw the biggest rise with a 10.5 per cent increase to 2.6 million passengers during July, while Manchester airport enjoyed a 7.4 per cent surge to 3 million for the month.

MAG’s other two airports, East Midlands and Bournemouth saw passengers rise by 3.1 per cent and 1.2 per cent respectively.

The group is currently investing heavily in its airports including Manchester’s redevelopment of Terminal 2 to create a “super terminal” and a new £130 million arrivals building at Stansted.

MAG said it will be investing more than £1 billion in its airports over the next decade.

Karen Smart, asset management director at Stansted, said: “The airport has never been busier, so to help us keep pace with increased demand and improve the passenger experience, we have started a significant investment programme to deliver a wide range of projects over the next five years to transform the airport and support sustainable growth on our single runway.

 “The centrepiece of this investment plan is the new £130 million arrivals building which was granted planning permission in April this year and will help transform our facilities to give our passengers the best possible experience.

“In addition, we will shortly begin a number of projects totalling £50 million to provide additional check-in capacity and add more seating in the departure lounge as well as increasing the number of aircraft parking stands on the airfield.”

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