Manchester Airport has continued its spell of double-digit growth, with 1.9 million passengers flying through the airport’s three terminals in March, 10.1 per cent more than in March last year.
The airport has added 2.7 million passengers over the year, representing growth of 11.4 per cent, in a sign that airlines and passengers alike are increasingly looking to fly from the UK’s third airport as Heathrow and Gatwick fill up.
The airport’s recent growth has been enough to place it as the second fastest growing large airport in Europe in the most recent analysis from Airport Councils Europe.
Among airports serving more than 25 million passengers per year, only Moscow Sheremetyevo is growing faster.
In the past year, Manchester has flown more than 1.1 million additional passengers to Spain alone, and four of the five destinations with the most passenger growth are Spanish.
The growth across the board at Manchester, and to Spain in particular, can be attributed to more seats on more planes being made available to passengers wanting to fly to popular destinations year-round, with passengers choosing Spain for summer and winter sun as a great alternative to destinations such as Turkey and Egypt, which have become less popular this year.
Long haul growth has been driven by new routes, including the new direct service to Beijing with Hainan Airlines, and a new route to Houston with Singapore Airlines.
Meanwhile, increased capacity to Islamabad has contributed to a surge in traffic to Pakistan.