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Manchester milestone as gateway celebrates yearly traffic record

Manchester Airport today passed a major milestone – handling 23 million passengers in a 12-month period for the first time in its 77-year history.

Lucy Chaplin, 22, had the honour of becoming the airport's 23 millionth passenger in the last year when she checked-in for an easyJet flight to Geneva this morning.

The upturn in traffic is nothing new for the UK’s third busiest airport, which has reported increases in throughput for 19 months consecutively, with 5% growth in passenger numbers in the last year alone.

And further growth is predicted, with a number of key routes set to be launched in the coming months.

They include Los Angeles and Boston, with Thomas Cook Airlines, and Beijing, which was announced during President Xi Jinping’s visit to Manchester last month.  

That service, with Hainan Airlines, will start next June.  

All three services are the only direct scheduled flights to those destinations outside of London, further cementing Manchester Airport’s self-proclaimed status as the Global Gateway from the North.


Ken O’Toole, managing director of Manchester Airport, said: “We are really pleased to have hit this significant milestone.

“Manchester Airport has never been busier and our continued growth is testament to the role we play in connecting people across the North to destinations in all four corners of the world.

“We have more than 22 million people living within two hours of Manchester Airport and our continued addition of new routes and increased frequencies is seeing both business and leisure customers choose Manchester, rather than other airports.  

“Next year is set to be even busier for the airport, with new routes to Beijing, Boston and Los Angeles all set to launch.

“With two full-length runways and a £1 billion transformation programme announced, Manchester Airport has, and will continue to have, the available capacity and demand to meet the needs of our catchment area and beyond.” 

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