“The time is now,” for government to truly throw its weight behind the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ vision. That was the message delivered by Manchester Airport chief executive Ken O’Toole as he unveiled the next phase of its £1 billion transformation programme at the property.
A quarter of a million more passengers used Manchester Airport in January 2017 than in January 2016, as the northern gateway continued to experience record breaking growth through the winter season.
This week Manchester Airport has got into the Chinese New Year spirit with lots of entertainment and fun in the terminals. A lion dance and traditional Chinese dancers entertained passengers while they waited for their flight to Beijing during the celebrations.
Manchester Airport has unveiled plans for a new brand of lounge that will open in Terminal Three in April costing £1.6 million. 1903, named after the year of the Wright Brothers first flight, will hold up to 71 people and provide a more premium offering for passengers looking to get their holidays off to a flying start.
Manchester Airport has launched its first multi-channel, multi-audience marketing campaign to showcase the breadth of destinations it offers to the USA. The #USADirect campaign will see the airport reach out to all areas of its catchment area that spans as far north as the Scottish Borders, south to the Midlands, east to Yorkshire, and west to Merseyside and North Wales.
Drones are still popular presents and with Christmas just around the corner, they will probably be underneath numerous people’s trees this festive season. They may seem like a fun, harmless toy, but they can actually pose a risk and a range of issues to the aviation industry, with the owners being legally responsible and could face prosecution if breaching Civil Aviation Authority regulations.
On the back of strengthening demand for flights connecting Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, Cathay Pacific has announced that its current four-times-weekly service to Gatwick will become a daily operation from June 2017. In a further boost to the airline’s UK connectivity, Manchester will see the addition of a fifth weekly flight and become an all Airbus A350-900 operation in June.
MAG has reported continued strong growth in EBITDA for the six months to September 30th, recording an increase of 6.6 per cent, £216 million. New route development has been the principal driver, seeing passenger numbers increase to pre-recession levels at Manchester and London Stansted airports. MAG passenger numbers group-wide in the first six months of the financial year were up 7.7 per cent year-on-year to 32 million.
Manchester Airport has reached 25 million passengers for the first time since opening in 1938. This equates to year on year growth of 9.3 per cent and has been driven by the addition of new long haul services and increased frequency and capacity on short haul routes.
Manchester Airport has added Weibo and WeChat, the Chinese equivalents of Twitter and Whatsapp, to its range of social media tools in order to better communicate passengers from the destination. The moves comes following the success of Manchester Airport’s new direct flight to Beijing with Hainan Airlines, with almost 40,000 passengers having travelled the route since launch in June this year.
Emirates revealed the ongoing demand for its Manchester to Dubai route, reporting a 9.5 per cent annual growth on 2015. A total of 610,000 passengers have flown between the two cities this year, and Emirates is all set to hit the record milestone of 1,000,000 during the 2016 financial year.