MAG airports see strong growth in UK over summer

MAG airports see strong growth in UK over summer

MAG airports saw continued growth in their busiest month of the year, as together they served 6.6 million people in August.

The growth is being driven by airlines putting on more seats to more destinations for August holidaymakers than ever before, with core Spanish and Greek destinations augmented by additional capacity to the Middle East, North America and the Caribbean, as well as increasingly popular alternative short haul destinations such as Croatia and Bulgaria.

Manchester Airport, the only airport in the UK with two runways apart from London Heathrow, grew eight per cent year on year to handle 3.2 million passengers in August.

The airport achieved this figure as it commenced work on its £1 billion transformation project which will, over the next ten years, reconfigure the terminals and boost the passenger experience for everyone using Manchester Airport.

Recently the airport opened a new airside lounge facility in Terminal 2 which will allow it to start demolishing the west end of that Terminal, as part of the first phase of works in a project which is designed to minimize passenger disruption.

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London Stansted Airport had its busiest ever summer, welcoming 2.7 million passengers to the airport during August, up ten per cent over the same month in 2016.

The airport’s summer season was boosted by new holiday flights from Jet2.com, more passengers than ever using Ryanair, and long haul holiday opportunities to destinations like Cancun, Orlando and Las Vegas with Thomson and Thomas Cook.

East Midlands Airport grew by 2.5 per cent to serve 611,000 passengers in July and Bournemouth Airport grew 2.7 per cent to 86,000, with both airports seeing particularly strong performance on Spanish holiday routes.

Tim Hawkins, corporate affairs director at MAG, said: “As Heathrow and Gatwick fill up, Manchester and Stansted still have substantial capacity for growth.

“The figures for August demonstrate that demand for flying to a wider range of global destinations has never been greater and MAG airports will play a critical role in this.”