Manchester Airport has reached the 21 million passenger mark for the first time since 2008, bringing the third-busiest airport in the United Kingdom ahead of its projected schedule. This figure was achieved in the year leading up to May 27, 2014.
This milestone comes after a steady increase in leisure and business travel passengers in the airport over the past few years. Last year, Manchester Airport also recorded 20 million passengers for the first time in five years.
The airport has continued to cater to a wide range of travellers with a diverse array of new routes in 2014. This includes Charlotte in North Carolina, Vienna and Jeddah. Manchester Airport acts as the global gateway to the north of England as well as the connection to international destinations such as Singapore, Las Vegas, New York, Paris, Moscow and Washington, DC.
According to Ken O'Toole, chief commercial officer of Manchester Airports Group (MAG) , the airport offers a choice of more than 65 airlines and 200 routes for its travellers. Singapore Airlines is one of the longest-serving international long-haul carriers operating out of the airport. It launched its first service from Manchester Airport in 1986 and continues to bring passengers from the northwest UK region to Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Far East.
"Manchester airport is the Northern Gateway, providing global connectivity through our unrivalled network of short and long haul destinations," Mr O'Toole said.
"We continue to grow thanks to the strength of our catchment, the support of our airline partners and the continued hard work and dedication of all MAG colleagues."