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Despite the collapse of Monarch airlines Manchester Airport has recorded an increase in year-on-year passenger growth.
October saw 2,404,521 holidaymakers flying through Manchester – up 3.1% on October 2016. 2017 has been the airport’s busiest summer ever – increasing its annual total to 27.7m passengers – a growth of 10.5% on 2016.
Amsterdam was the most popular destination in October – followed by Dubai, Dublin, Tenerife and Palma. Two new routes – Air Arabia Maroc’s service to Agadir in Morocco and Flybe’s Southend route helped push passenger number up.
Manchester Airport CEO Andrew Cowan said: “It is pleasing to see Manchester Airport continue to fulfil its role of the UK’s global gateway in the North.
“Last month’s increased passenger figures highlight how people want to fly from their local airport.”
“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.”
Whilst Manchester Airport recorded an increase in passenger numbers in October, the 3.1% growth recorded was lower than in previous months due to the collapse of Monarch – which alone accounted for 5.4% of the airport’s flights during September.