Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has released its latest traffic figures, with London Stansted performing particularly strongly.

The northeast London airport reached 90 per cent of pre-Covid passenger numbers in July, with just under 2.5 million customers travelling through Stansted last month.

The airport said that all passengers cleared security in under 30 minutes during July, with 99 per cent doing so within 15 minutes.

Stansted recently completed a £12 million upgrade of its international departure lounge, adding more seating and new bars, restaurants and retail outlets.

Stansted airport completes international departure lounge upgrade

MAG welcomed a total of 5.5 million passengers across its three airports last month, with Manchester airport reporting 2.6 million customers – representing 82 per cent of pre-pandemic traffic.

East Midlands airport saw 417,000 travellers pass through its terminal, up 459 per cent on the same month in 2021, but still down around 27 per cent on 2019 levels.

Commenting on the news MAG’s CEO Charlie Cornish said:

“July was MAG’s busiest month since the pandemic began, with millions jetting-off for their long-awaited summer holidays, some for the first time in two years.

“This summer, more than 11 million people will travel through our airports and, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our teams, we will ensure they get away on their travels smoothly.

“We continue to see a strong recovery and, having welcomed more than 2,000 new colleagues into our business, are laying the foundations for passenger volumes and customer service to return to pre-pandemic levels in 2023.”