Manchester Airport adds more passengers than any other UK airport

  • 1.7 million passengers fly through the Northern hub in November
  • Annual rolling passengers numbers at 27.7m
  • Continued growth this financial year sees Manchester add more passengers than any other UK airport
  • Top routes last month include Amsterdam, Dublin and Dubai

This November saw 1,731,446 passengers travel through Manchester Airport.

That is up 2% on the previous year and marks another month of growth for the UK’s third biggest airport.

It comes as CAA data reveals Manchester added more passengers than any other UK airport between April-September 2017. The airport added 1.27m passengers compared to Gatwick and Heathrow that added 1.25m passengers each.

Manchester Airport’s annual rolling passenger numbers now stand at 27,764,247, an increase of 9.7% year on year.

Growth has slowed at the airport due to the collapse of Monarch Airlines which has left some capacity unused for this winter season. The airport remains confident that by the start of the summer season all capacity will be filled and this has already started with Jet2.com, TUI and Thomas Cook Airlines all already increasing capacity for next year.

The top five destinations in November were:

  1. Amsterdam
  2. Dublin
  3. Dubai
  4. Tenerife
  5. Paris – Charles De Gaulle

Andrew Cowan, CEO of Manchester Airport, said:

“It is pleasing to see Manchester Airport continue to grow and fulfil its role of the UK’s global gateway in the North.

“Now the summer peak is over we are continuing to invest in the airport and passengers will start to see our £1bn transformation take shape and develop over the coming winter months.”

Last week saw the airport’s owner, MAG, announce its half year results, which saw the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester receive an interim dividend of £35.7m, an increase of 18% on the previous year. Through the airport’s unique ownership structure, this money is directly invested back into the region, funding vital projects.

MAG’s airports at London Stansted and East Midlands also all grew their passenger numbers, with East Midlands growing 20% year on year, and MAG as a whole serving 3.8m passengers in November (+4.1%).