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Airport Reaches 21m Passengers For First Time In Six Years

May to May figures show rapid increase out of Manchester

Written by . Published on May 27th 2014.


Airport Reaches 21m Passengers For First Time In Six Years
 

OVER the last year, Manchester Airport, the UK’s third busiest airport, has hit the 21m passenger mark, ahead of schedule, for the first time since 2008. The figures are calculated from 27 May 2013.

The 21 millionth passenger was Singapore Airlines’ customer Dr Rachel Brown from Warrington, who received a wealth of prizes when she arrived for her flight to Asia. These included an upgrade to business class, 21,000 bonus KrisFlyer miles, the privilege of being first to board, a crew-led aircraft tour, plus an on board celebration cake and Manchester Airport fast track passes. Singapore Airlines is the longest serving international long-haul carrier at Manchester Airport having been continuously flying since 1st April 1986.

Passenger numbers hit 20m last year for the first time in five years. Additionally the airport has a strong selection of new routes this year – including Charlotte in North Carolina, Vienna and Jeddah – to cater for the 24m plus people in its catchment area. With a busy summer season ahead more than 9.3m passengers are set to use the airport in coming months.

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AnonymousMay 27th 2014.

It's good that passenger numbers are increasing, but it's about time they showed they can handle such numbers. Every time i've fly from there, the queues seem to get worse and worse. Nearly an hour to get through security last week, only to get to the front to find a third of the belts/scanners not in use.

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AnonymousMay 27th 2014.

Hear, hear....I thought security was getting better but the wait for your bags is ridiculous.

AnonymousMay 27th 2014.

Completely agree with both of the above. On top of that, terminal 3 is an embarrassment. Its food and drink outlets are so poor. And inbound security queues are ALWAYS ridiculously long and rarely fully staffed.

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AnonymousMay 27th 2014.

I've been held on the plane for 20-30 minutes on two separate occasions so far this year after arriving at T3, because the immigration area has been "too busy".

DavidMay 28th 2014.

A council run airport has the same public sector take it or leave it attitude to serving the public .While other airports invest. In new spacious modern terminal Manchester offers the same cramped and third rate facilities . Also compare the vast amount of staff and resources in security and the undermanned immigration service which is unable to cope with significant arrivals. If only Manchester was sold to Singapore or someone who actually knows how to manage a airport and provide good facilities.

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Calum McGMay 28th 2014.

Singapore airport is a pain in the arse. T5 Heathrow, on the other hand, is an utter delight.

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