Manchester Airport Group (MAG) has published its latest traffic figures, showing another record month for both Manchester and Stansted airports.

Manchester Airport celebrated its seventh consecutive month of record traffic, with 2.41 million passengers travelling through its terminals in April. The figure is up 10.9 per cent on the same month in 2023, and 25,000 higher than the airport’s previous April record in 2019.

The most popular destinations last month were Dublin (87,970 passengers), Amsterdam (85,288), Dubai (82,518), Alicante (78,694) and Tenerife (72,324).

Last week Manchester Airport announced plans to reopen its private terminal which had been mothballed since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Formerly known as PremiAir, the facility has been rebranded as ‘aether’ and will reopen on 4 November.

Manchester Airport’s PremiAir private terminal to reopen as ‘aether’

Meanwhile London Stansted also reported a record April, welcoming 2.48 million passengers over the month – up 90,000 on its previous high of April 2019.

However East Midlands continues to lag behind its other group airports, with 330,000 passengers during April, equating to 83 per cent of traffic in April 2019.

Commenting on the news Manchester Airport’s managing director Chris Woodroofe, said:

“Here at Manchester Airport we’re really proud to connect the North to the world. Over the last month it’s been great to see so many passengers coming through, taking advantage of our unrivalled route network of more than 200 destinations that gives them more choice than any airport outside London.

“And the vast majority of those passengers have had a great start to their trips – with 93 per cent waiting for ten minutes or less to get to security. In fact, if you’re travelling with hand baggage and check-in online, the chances are that you’ll be able to arrive at the airport and walk straight up to security with barely any wait whatsoever.

“What that means is that you’ll be able to start your holiday at the airport, heading straight into our departure lounges and enjoying the facilities we have on offer – whether that’s the award winning architecture of the new Terminal 2, the brand new Gaming Point for fans of virtual reality and computer games in Terminal 1 or the wide range of shops, bars and restaurants all over the airport.”

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