Autumn leaves Manchester Airport flying high
October has seen 2,404,521 passengers fly through Manchester Airport, a figure that is 3.1% up on the same month last year.
It follows the northern hub’s busiest summer on record, which brings the rolling annual total to 27.7m passengers, equating to 10.5% growth year on year.
Last month saw passengers jet off for the last of the Mediterranean sun and to enjoy half term escapes.
The top five destinations in October were:
1 - Amsterdam
2 - Dubai
3 - Dublin
4 - Tenerife
5 – Palma
October also marked the one-year anniversary of Singapore Airlines’ route to Houston.
In the last 12 months the route has seen one marriage proposal, more than 5,500 bottles of champagne consumed and more than 10,000 litres of ice cream served.
Manchester is the only UK airport outside of London with a direct route to the Texan city.
Andrew Cowan, CEO of Manchester Airport, said: “It is pleasing to see Manchester Airport continue to fulfil its role of the UK’s global gateway in the north.
“Last month’s increased passenger figures highlight how people want to fly from their local airport.
“Now the summer peak is over we are continuing to invest in the airport and passengers will start to see our £1bn transformation take shape and develop over the coming winter months.”
October was sadly also the month in which Monarch ceased trading.
The airline accounted for 5.4% of the airport’s flights in September, averaging of 250 flights per week.
Following the collapse, Manchester Airport handled numerous repatriation flights for passengers who were returned to the UK, having travelled overseas on Monarch services before it entered administration.
This meant that while Manchester Airport’s passenger numbers were more than 3% up on October 2016, the rate of growth was in fact slower than in previous months.
Cargo tonnage also increased last month with 11,356 tones carried, a 4% increase year on year. It sees a total of 123,993 tonnes carried in the last 12 months.
Manchester Airport is a global gateway and the largest airport outside London with over 210 destinations served by 70 airlines.
Manchester’s long-haul catchment area places around 22 million people and 60% of all UK businesses within a two-hour drive time.