A record-breaking total of 2,087,149 people travelled through Manchester Airport in October – the busiest in the its 77 year history – and they expect to surpass the 23 million annual total mark this year.
One of the main reasons for this is the influx of football related fliers, which also contributed to the increase in charter flights, including trips to Bournemouth and fans flying in from Dublin.
Other factors for the increases included more flights and new destinations on offer, including new services to Vienna, Miami, Hong Kong and Barcelona – with many people taking the school half term holidays as an opportunity to grab some sunshine abroad.
Ken O’Toole, Manchester Airport’s Managing Director, said: “We are seeing more and more passengers ‘Fly Manchester’, which is evident after our most successful year on record.”
Among the record month’s visitors was the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, who visited as part of his state visit to the UK. Whilst at Manchester Airport The President announced new direct flights to Beijing with Hainan Airlines, which start in June 2016. The service makes Manchester the only airport outside of London to offer a direct scheduled service to Mainland China.