Manchester Airport passenger numbers continue to grow, with nearly 30,000 more people using the airport during April 2015 than the same month last year.
The number of people flying to and from Manchester Airport increased to 1,723,244.
The rolling annual total of passengers now stands at 22,349,472 – the most ever for Manchester Airport, up 6.7 per cent year on year.
A busy Easter period and the airport’s continued increase in long-haul routes were significant drivers of the growth.
April saw Virgin Atlantic take over Delta’s Atlanta service and adding a larger aircraft to the popular US route.
In a boost to the region’s economy, the amount of air freight handled through Manchester Airport also increased by more than ten per cent last month from 7,669 tonnes in April 2014, to 8,460 tonnes.
A new logistics facility at Manchester’s new Airport City for DHL, the leading global logistics company, is now fully operational, contributing to the increase.
Ken O’Toole, managing director of Manchester Airport, said: “Manchester Airport’s growth continues and we are already looking ahead to a busy summer schedule.
“Over the next few months, we look forward to adding further new routes and frequencies to our offering to ensure that the 22 million people who live within a two hour drive of the airport have a greater choice than ever before.
“With two full length runways, Manchester Airport is, and will continue to have, the available capacity and demand to meet the needs of our airlines and passengers.”
Looking ahead, Thomas Cook has also just commenced brand new direct services flying to Miami and New York, plus will commence flights to Los Angeles and Boston in 2016.