London Stansted Airport enjoyed its busiest calendar year since 2007 as 22.57 million passengers (+13%) passed through the gateway.
The total represented an increase of 2.6 million passengers on 2014 and included a record-breaking December when 1.71 million travellers used the gateway and airline load factors hit an all-time high for the month of 82.2%.
Meanwhile, at Manchester Airport, the total number of passengers for the 2015 calendar year hit 23.1 million (+5.2%).
According to MAG, growth at both airports was bolstered by exceptionally busy festive periods in December.
Last month was Manchester Airport’s busiest December and Christmas on record, with 1.51 million people flying through the UK’s third biggest airport – a 5.2% increase on December 2014.
"Another development last year at London Stansted was exceptionally strong growth in domestic traffic with passenger numbers up by 50%, primarily driven by a significant increase in capacity on Scottish routes with Ryanair and EasyJet," says MAG.
It says that attracting long-haul services is key target for Stansted, and 2015 saw the start of new services to Las Vegas, Orlando and Cancun.
Stansted's managing director, Andrew Harrison, says: “The last 12 months have been another exciting and transformational period for Stansted with more rapid growth in passenger numbers and a host of significant changes taking place around the airport.”
At East Midlands Airport, 7.7% more passengers travelled in December compared to the same month last year, with an increase in passengers due to increased frequency and capacity on routes over the winter period.
The 202,757 people using the airport in December took total passengers for the year to 4.4 million.
Bournemouth Airport handled 707,168 passengers in 2015, of which 31,427 came in December.
Ken O’Toole, Managing Director at Manchester Airport, said: “Looking ahead, we have some very exciting new routes already confirmed to start in 2016, including to Beijing with Hainan Airlines, plus Boston and Los Angeles with Thomas Cook Airlines.
“We continue to look to expand the route network and connect the North to the rest of the world."