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.
More than six million passengers flew through MAG’s airports in August, as the summer season continued to surpass expectations. At Manchester, 2,934,393 passengers travelled through the airport last month, an increase of nine per cent on August 2015. That means that Manchester’s 12 month rolling total now stands at 24,605,575 passengers.
European regional airline Flybe is starting its new year-round daily service to Lyon from Manchester Airport. The airline has also confirmed it will be adding Chambery as a new destination to its Manchester 2016-17 Winter schedule. Customers from Manchester will have a direct link to the historic city of Lyon that is renowned as a World Heritage Site and thriving cultural centre.
Passengers can start their holidays in style after Manchester Airport unveiled a new look, expanded Escape Lounge in Terminal Two. The airport has spent £1.9 million on the lounge which has increased in capacity by a third with room for up to 212 passengers.
The launch of the north of England’s first ever flight service to mainland China helped drive annual passenger numbers at Manchester Airport over the 24 million mark for the first time in its 78-year history. June saw 2,520,036 passengers fly through the gateway, which is a 9.22 per cent increase on the same month last year.
MAG USA has been awarded a contract to design, build and operate an Escape Lounge at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut. MAG USA is a subsidiary of MAG, owner of Stansted and Manchester airports in the UK. The contract, awarded by Bradley International Airport’s owner, the Connecticut Airport Authority, is the third major contract win for the new MAG USA business in its first year of operation.
Today marks a major milestone in the drive to create a Northern Powerhouse, as the first ever direct, scheduled flight from anywhere outside of London to mainland China launches from Manchester Airport. Also hailed as a significant moment for UK aviation, the Hainan Airlines service to Beijing takes off from Manchester Airport.
Hainan Airlines and Manchester Airport are set to join forces to sponsor the UK Chinese Dragon Boat Festival, which takes place on Sunday, June 5th in Salford Quays. Organised by the Xinhua Chinese Association, the Dragon Boat Festival is a key highlight in the lunar calendar for the Chinese community and is perfectly timed for the start of Hainan Airlines’ new direct service to Manchester from Beijing, which launches on June 10th.
Etihad Airways has marked the tenth anniversary of its services to Manchester Airport. Since the route was launched in March 2006, Etihad Airways has operated over 10,000 flights between Manchester and Abu Dhabi. Due to its popularity in the north of England, the frequency increased to twice daily in August 2011.
Staff and travellers will soon be able to take off with Metrolink’s new early morning service to Manchester Airport. From March 21st, trams will run from Firswood to Manchester Airport from 03.40 every day. The new service will see the first tram arrive at approximately 03.40 - in advance of 04:00 shift starts, which generally sees a large number of employees starting work.