Summer season begins at Manchester Airport

More than 2.2million passengers flew through Manchester Airport during April as the summer season officially started for the UK’s third busiest airport.

The airport’s three terminals saw 2,202,390 people pass through, meaning 27.85 million passengers have passed through in the last 12 months.

April marks the start of the summer season in the aviation industry and Manchester Airport is predicting its busiest ever summer as it also celebrates its 80th birthday in June.

The launch of the summer season means a host of new routes starting from the airport over the coming months with Seattle with Thomas Cook Airlines, Florence with BA Cityflyer, Cagliari, Palermo and Ponta Delgada with Ryanair and Orkney, Shetland and Stornoway with Loganair.

Andrew Cowan, Manchester Airport CEO, said: “It’s been another busy month for the airport and we’re excited for the summer season.  With eight new routes starting we’re connecting our passengers with even more destinations around the globe.

“We’re also continuing to talk to carriers about the opportunities to connect the North with new key markets around the globe and we’re confident that we’ll have some exciting news in the months to come.”

The amount of cargo passing through the airport increased 1.5% year on year during April meaning that the rolling tonnage stands at 122,856 tonnes.