Manchester Airports Group (MAG), the operator for Manchester Airport, has reported that passenger numbers exceeded 22 million in 2014, the highest number since 2007. The figure represents a 24% increase in annual passenger traffic when compared to the 17.8 million recorded in 2010.
Ken O’Toole, chief commercial officer of MAG, said, “Manchester Airport’s significant growth is testament to the critical role it plays in UK aviation, providing the north of England and our extended catchment area with global connectivity through an unrivalled network of short and long haul destinations. We have more than 22 million people living within two hours of Manchester Airport and our continued addition of new routes and increased frequencies is seeing customers choose Manchester, rather than other airports.
“We continue to grow thanks to the strength of our catchment, the support of our airline partners and the continued hard work and dedication of all MAG colleagues. With more than 65 airlines and over 210 routes from Manchester, there is huge choice for passengers, whether flying on business or pleasure. 2015 is set to be another busy year for the airport and we look forward to adding even more routes to our offering.”
To mark the occasion, the 22 millionth passenger received two return tickets to Miami from Thomas Cook airlines as well as access to Manchester Airport’s Escape Lounge, a £250 (US$376) voucher for Biza Tax & Duty plus FastTrack passes.
Harry O’Connor, the lucky passenger who won the prizes, said, “I am absolutely delighted to be Manchester Airport’s 22 millionth passenger and what an incredible start to my flight with Thomas Cook Airlines.”