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‘Fly Manchester’ Campaign Launches

Manchester Airport targets new trade as easyJet launch fresh routes

Written by . Published on February 19th 2013.

‘Fly Manchester’ Campaign Launches

MANCHESTER Airport has launched a ‘Fly Manchester’ campaign todaywin back the four million passengers from its catchment area that currently travel by road/rail to London airports when similar routes operate a short distance away in Manchester.

It’s the start of year-long push aimed at the 22 million people who live within a two-hour drive of the Airport or can benefit in the same way from its extensive ground transport infrastructure.

The  Airport currently loses around 4 million passenger journeys to London airports every year, despite having a long haul network that includes services to global destinations such as New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Islamabad and Lahore, while flights to world class hubs such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Singapore open up access to an additional 50 destinations in Asia, China, India and Australasia.

Ken O’Toole, Chief Commercial Officer for MAG, owners of Manchester Airport, said: “We have an unrivalled network of services – and our range continues to grow with Moscow, Cairo, Thessaloniki, Krakow, Trapani and Stavanger boosting the options for summer 2013. Manchester’s route network is bigger than Heathrow’s – with over 200 destinations on offer here, versus around 180 from Heathrow.

“The Fly Manchester campaign recognises it is absurd that people from the North should fly from London when they could do so from Manchester, much closer to where they live.”

Meanwhile, From Thursday, February 14, easyJet will operate new flights to Reykjavik (pictured above) and Venice from Manchester Airport:

Flights to Reykjavik operate on Thursdays and Sundays and start from £29.49; flights to Venice on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and start from £29.49 (one way, based on two people booking at the same time).

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DavidFebruary 19th 2013.

Similar routes are not available from Manchester.That is a big lie.All Manchester can offer is flights to Paris,Amsterdam,Dubai etc where you can connect.You cannot fly direct from Manchester to Beijing or Shanghai for instance,despite the huge Chinese community in Manchester.
Some of this is not the airports fault and is a result of the ridiculous level of government tax,that is costing Uk airport millions of potential customers.But even before that Manchester continually failed to attract long haul flights to key cities.This Irport has not been well managed since the 1990's it has fallen way behind in terms of the facilities it offers and the customer experience.

AnonymousApril 23rd 2013.

What about the cities of Washington DC, Chicago, New York, Orlando, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Moscow and Doha? They seem to be missing there....

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