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Manchester Airport has seen passenger numbers increase by nearly 10% in the last year, breaking the 24 million barrier for the first time in its 78-year history.
More passengers than ever are using the gateway, as 2,520,036 passengers passed through its doors in June, mainly thanks to the launch of a new service to mainland China.
A total of 24,095,206 passengers have now used Manchester in the past 12 months, with a large portion of June’s growth in numbers attributed to Hainan Airlines’ four flights a week to Beijing, which began on 10 June.
So far, the inaugural flights have been 90% full and load factors for the summer are at over 80%.
The flight to Beijing is one of several new long haul routes that was launched at Manchester Airport this year, which also includes Boston and Los Angeles, both of which are popular to those looking to access North America.
Strong pre-summer growth
Ken O’Toole, CEO of Manchester Airport, insists it has been a strong month of growth for Manchester Airport, and adds that they are yet to see the benefits of the busy summer season.
Mr O’Toole also expressed how proud the airport was to welcome the inaugural flight to Beijing, which means Manchester is the only UK airport outside of London with a direct, scheduled service to mainland China.
As the airport enters into its peak season there was a 10% increase in aircraft movements, with more than 18,000 planes coming and going from both runways – the amount of freight also increased by 11%, with 10,228 tonnes handled in June.
The new services on offer are proving to be extremely popular among the 22 million people who live within the catchment area and are providing an economic boost to the region, according to Mr O’Toole.
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Date Created: 14/07/2016