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Manchester Airport Passenger Numbers Soar

Big hopes for rest of 2014 as new routes open up

Written by . Published on February 17th 2014.


Manchester Airport Passenger Numbers Soar

MANCHESTER Airport reports 1.2 million passengers travelling through in January 2014, which was 4.3 per cent higher than the previous year. The moving annual total for Manchester Airport is now 20.7 million passengers.

The escalation in passenger figures marks the airport’s 20 consecutive month of year on year growth, with performance attributed to people seeking a break post-Christmas, either in the sunshine or hitting the ski slopes.

Ken O’Toole, Chief Commercial Officer for MAG, owners of Manchester Airport, said: “Popular routes during the month included favourites like Dubai, Alicante and Tenerife as people sought out some sun after poor weather in the UK, as well as the return of the Winter Olympics seeing the rise of ski traffic, with Geneva topping the most popular winter destination list.”

Upcoming in 2014 are a whole host of new routes, including two new long haul routes for 2014 – Charlotte in North Carolina, USA and Toronto, Canada (pictured below).

Toronto Skyline

Ryanair will be launching four new routes to Barcelona, Bologna, Fuerteventura & Gran Canaria from Manchester, bringing their total routes from Manchester to 36 and more flights will be added to five of their existing routes – Dublin, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Malaga and Tenerife.

EasyJet will introduce a new route to Catania, Sicily this year, flying twice a week and are increasing flights on their Belfast, Geneva and Reykjavik routes.

Jet2.com is bringing a direct flight to Vienna from Manchester Airport as well as new routes to Bergerac, Jersey and Fuerteventura.

Thomson have added Puerto Vallarta in Mexico starting this year to their routes, while Thomas Cook have already introduced new routes to the Caribbean plus upgraded Cape Verde (pictured below) to a year-round service with weekly flights.

Monarch Airlines will also host new routes to Agadir in Morocco, Hurghada in Egypt, Naples in Italy and Enfidha in Tunisia.

Cape Verde

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Calum McGFebruary 18th 2014.

Just flown back from NZ and it's ace being able to do that from Mcr and not have to go via London. Long live Emirates and the mighty A380 :)

AnonymousFebruary 18th 2014.

While our local councils rake in the profits from their involvement in the CO2 belching airport industry many of us will continue to struggle with sky high petrol and domestic energy prices. Why should we be taxed by one part of government to reduce our personal CO2 output while another part rakes in money from its harmful and global warming activities in an industry which is about as ungreen as you can get?

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DavidFebruary 18th 2014.

The government is conservative and lib dem,the council is Labour.The government taxes very highly air tickets. Are you suggestion the airport be closed down for bring un-green.,that will lead to a higher council tax bill for you as their will be lesdpeopleableto pay council tax.

Calum McGFebruary 18th 2014.

Sorry Anon but I like the choice to be able to fly from Mcr Airport. And from the stats so do around 20m others.

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AnonymousFebruary 18th 2014.

Do you like green taxes being levied on you by a state which is quite happy for to participate in an industry which causes global warming? That's like the state taxing us for booze and tobacco and running booze and tobacco companies itself. My local council, Trafford, is only too keen to tell us how to be green, and it employs a few people (using our money) to preach the green mantra, yet it chooses to be in an industry which is killing the planet. That's about as hypocritical as you can get.

DavidFebruary 18th 2014.

You Greens are responsible for so called Green taxes on plane tickets.Dont pretend you care about the cost if living for hardworking families as your also responsible for making energy more expensive. If you really cared about pollution that kills and damages the planet then go and protest in China where air quality is so terrible and in Indonesia where there is land burning and rampant illegal logging.Of course you won't because that does not suit the anti western,anti capitalist agenda of the so called Greens in this country.

AnonymousFebruary 19th 2014.

So, Anonymous, I take it you've never been on a flight then (because otherwise that would be hypocritical, wouldn't it?)

AnonymousFebruary 19th 2014.

I hope anon doesnt have a pension because you can bet its invested in a million things that arent good for us or the enviroment

AnonymousFebruary 19th 2014.

Why assume I am a green? I want to know how government, both national and local, can levy green taxes and then participate in industries which they claim cause global warming. That's like the government taxing us on fags, telling us they are harmful and then opening state owned cigarette factories to raise revenue. If the air industry is as damaging to the planet as the government claims then what is the government doing in that industry? I say all green taxes should be scrapped.

Calum McGFebruary 18th 2014.

Not really interested to be honest. I recycle and save lots of energy. And then I like to go on big long flights burning lots of fossil fuels! Sorry ;)

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