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Article from BTNews 22 APRIL 2013

Manchester Airport back to 20m plus

With it summer scheduled launched Manchester Airport expects to pass the 20m passenger mark in 2013,  thanks to the 17 new destinations on offer this summer. 

This is still short of the record 22.5m of 2006, but shows a steady increase from 2010 when the numbers were just short of 18m.  In a friendly rivalry it has overtaken sister airport Stansted as Britain’s third busiest air gateway.

Ken O’Toole, Chief Commercial Officer for MAG, owners of Manchester Airport, said: “This summer season will add to a strong performance over the last 12 months for us.  We have delivered 11 consecutive months of growth and in January this year, we saw the strongest passenger growth for any major UK airport.”

Introduced for summer 2013 will be Athens by Aegean Airlines, as well as Cairo with EgyptAir.  New offerings from easyJet will include Keflavik (Iceland), Prague (Czech Republic) and Venice (Italy). Ryanair are also increasing their route network and introducing services to Corfu, Krakow (Poland), Lanzarote, Paphos (Cyprus) and Trapani (Sicily).  In addition, Jet2.com will begin flights to Corfu, Menorca and Zakinthos.  easyJet has recently introduced a Moscow route.  www.manchesterairport.co.uk

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