More than 1.78 million people passed through
Manchester Airport’s three terminals in January 2019, an increase
of 7% on January 2018.
Sunnier climes saw the biggest growth with the
number of people jetting off to Jamaica up 19.5%, Qatar up
29.8%, and Oman up 21%.
The number of passengers heading
to Beijing with Hainan Airlines ahead of the Lunar New Year was up
11.7%, and Cathay Pacific’s flights to Hong Kong enjoyed a 6.5% growth
when compared to January 2017. There was also a 9.5% increase in the number of
people travelling to Singapore.
More than 28.38 million
passengers have now used the UK’s third largest airport in the last 12
Andrew Cowan, CEO of Manchester Airport, said,
“January showed that our customers really appreciate the wide
range of destinations we offer to them, meaning they have an
unrivalled choice of places to visit for leisure or business all
year round. We have worked hard over the years to secure routes
to the likes of Beijing, Hong Kong, and Oman and it is really
pleasing to see they are popular with passengers. As we continue
to expand our network in 2019, we are also pressing ahead with the
£1bn transformation of the airport and excitement is really
building about the opening of the first new pier in April. It will
offer an enhanced experience for the 22m passengers in our
catchment area and the terminal extension will open the following
During January, Manchester Airport announced
plans for a new private terminal, which will be called PremiAir.
The new terminal will offer passengers a “private jet experience”
while flying on commercial airlines.
The airport’s £1bn transformation will also see
Terminal Two grow by 150% and offer the latest innovations in
travel and technology. The first phase opens as early as April
2019, while the new terminal
extension will open the following summer in 2020.
MAG’s other two airports also grew year on year
in January, with London Stansted growing 7.3% to welcome 1.93m
passengers, and East Midlands Airport growing 1.2% to welcome