Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Manchester Airport breaks annual passenger record

Manchester Airport breaks annual passenger record

Past year saw continued growth at MAG, the UK's largest airports group, as its three airports saw increased demand from passengers and airlines for flights.

Gatwick attributes the boost to continued growth in its long-haul connections, with new routes to Singapore, Rwanda, Seattle and Denver opening in 2017. Gatwick's long-haul network grew to 63 connections a year ago, with 7.3m people opting to fly long-haul, up almost a million on 2016.

Some 1.7 million metric tonnes of cargo passed through the airport, up 10.2 per cent.

Strong airline demand has enabled the airport to make good progress in allocating the slots previously used by Monarch for summer 2018 and flights with Jet2.com, TUI and Thomas Cook Airlines are already on sale.

London Heathrow had a record-breaking year in 2017 with 77.98 million passengers traveling through the British capital's airport in 2017. The airport is owned and operated by AGS Airports, which also owns and operates Aberdeen airport.

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A total of 27.8 million passengers travelled through the airport's three terminals during the last calendar year, up by 8.5 per cent year on year.

Domestic and emerging markets continued to be sources of growth, with United Kingdom travel up 6.6% and travel to Asia up 5.5% on last year Over 143,000 metric tons travelled through Heathrow in December (+7.3%), as the United Kingdom economy benefited from the end-of-year peak around the world.

"Heathrow had its best year ever in 2017, helping to strengthen the British economy as the country seeks to redefine its role in the world", Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye said. This will be done while continuing to deliver the best passenger experience, which is at the heart of everything we do at Gatwick.

During 2017, new routes were launched to San Francisco, Muscat, Boston, Riyadh, Granada and Seville.

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