Passenger numbers soar at Manchester

Manchester Airport soars to 28 million passengers

Manchester Airport is celebrating 28 million passengers passing through its three terminals for the first time in its history.
In its 80th year, the UK’s third largest airport saw more than 2.5 million passengers use the airport in October, an increase of 6% on the same month in 2017.
That brought the rolling annual total to 28,022,344 passengers.
Numbers were bolstered by the October half term, with many families getting away for an Autumn break. And the positive news has continued since the end of the month.
Last week saw the launch of the only direct service in the UK to Mumbai outside of London, as Jet Airways started flights. The five a week service had its inaugural flight on the 5th November and left the Northern hub 96% full.
Ryanair, easyJet and have all added capacity to their winter schedules, which will continue to bolster overall passenger numbers. Plus, the North will soon have a direct route to the heart of Africa as Ethiopian Airlines start flights to Addis Ababa in December.
Last month saw a total of 18,192 aircraft take off and land at the UK’s third busiest airport, an average of 587 flights per day. Almost 11,000 tonnes of cargo were also carried to destinations across the globe last month, the equivalent of 870 London busses.
October also saw the airport celebrate three major milestones on its £1bn transformation programme. Firstly, a topping out ceremony was held to mark the extension to Terminal Two reaching its highest point after just more than a year of construction.
Secondly, a 45m, 85 tonne bridge that will connect the terminal extension with the new multi-storey car park was lifted into place. Finally, the main structural work has also been completed on the car park building and will be fully completed by the middle of next year.
Andrew Cowan, Manchester Airport CEO, said: “Hitting 28 million passengers is another significant milestone for the airport. Our growth means more choice for passengers, more jobs for people across the North and more economic and trade opportunities as we connect Manchester with key global destinations.
“All this is being delivered as we press ahead with the biggest investment in our history, which will not only transform our terminal buildings, but the experience our customers enjoy as they travel through Manchester.
“That’s why it was also great to celebrate three major milestones in October, which brought to life how quickly our airlines and passengers will start to experience the benefits the transformation project will deliver to them.”


Unlike BHX which isn't slot restricted the loss of Flybe to MAN whilst significant in terms of UK connectivity and domestic feed would be quickly filled by other airlines who have applied for 2019 but cannot get in.

I suspect BHX would simply take yet another hit.


I was hoping to do a full comparison between 1973 and 2018 figures, however it would seem that the CAA statistics from 45 years ago were done in a completely different format - probably because Microsoft Excel was not developed until 1978.

Anyway, I thought that you might find it interesting to see a page from November 1973 stats.

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1961 860,008
1962 1,003,663
1963 1,117,774
1964 1,245,700
1965 1,344,321
1966 1,398,100
1967 1,403,072
1968 1,459,773
1969 1,549,105
1970 1,777,976
1971 2,082,132
1972 2,350,656
1973 2,574,214
1974 2,321,630
1975 2,579,288
1976 2,870,996
1977 2,901,910
1978 3,479,944
1979 3,540,899
1980 4,419,324
1981 4,863,874
1982 5,143,913
1983 5,206,995
1984 6,026,732
1985 6,168,508
1986 7,620,015
1987 8,743,924
1988 9,766,902
1989 10,392,703
1990 10,475,645
1991 10,463,682
1992 12,051,560
1993 13,099,080
1994 14,569,665
1995 14,750,928
1996 14,659,803
1997 15,946,986
1998 17,351,162
1999 17,577,773
2000 18,566,209
2001 19,307,011
2002 18,809,360
2003 19,699,256
2004 21,249,841
2005 22,402,856
2006 22,442,855
2007 22,112,625
2008 21,219,195
2009 18,724,889
2010 17,759,015
2011 18,881,788
2012 19,732,444
2013 20,751,581
2014 21,989,682
2015 23,140,221
2016 25,637,141
2017 27,826,054
2018 28,048,353 - rolling 12m 30.11.18
Winter 2018 projected figures, based on slots requested, are currently +3.1% for movements and + 7.8% for seats in comparison with Winter 2017 actual numbers.

Summer 2019 provisional numbers show planned movements +15.1% and seats at +19.9% compared with Summer 2018 actuals.

The IATA handback date for Summer slots is 15th January and the EU deadline is 31st January. Hopefully we will soon know exactly what is fact and what is fiction.
I'm away from home at the moment and so have limited data access, however the basic stats for December are:

Monthly passengers - 1,956,784
Annual passengers - 28.3m

More details in a few days.
Latest update on possible figures:

Winter -
Planned movements +3%
Planned seats +7.8%

Summer 2019
Planned movements +9.6%
Planned seats +15%

IATA slot handback deadline was 15th January
EU slot handback is 31st January


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