ALMOST 30,000 more people used Manchester airport last month than in April 2014, to bring the total up to 1.7 million. The rolling annual total of passengers stands at a record 22.3 million, up 6.7% year-on-year.
A busy Easter period and an increase in long-haul routes were key drivers of growth.
April saw Virgin Atlantic take over Delta Air Lines’ Atlanta service and add a larger aircraft to the route. Thomas Cook Airlines has started new direct services to Miami and New York, and plans flights to Los Angeles and Boston in 2016.
Airport managing director, Ken O’Toole, said: ‘Manchester Airport’s growth continues and we are already looking ahead to a busy summer schedule. With two full length runways, Manchester will continue to have the available capacity and demand to meet the needs of our airlines and passengers.’
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