Increase in Manchester Airport passengers

Hotel News - 09/01/2006

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It was a record year for passengers at Manchester Airport, with the base reporting a 5.26 per cent increase in human traffic.

A total of 22.1 million people passed through the airport in 2005 and the record figures have been attributed to the boom in low-cost flights, reports Manchester Evening News.

Sky Europe, bmibaby, Monarch Scheduled and Jet2.com all increased their services from Manchester, which contributed to the positive figures despite a fall in charter routes.

The activity in this sector was also the main factor behind the 14 per cent increase in passengers flying on scheduled flights, which totalled 9.78 million for the year.

Now airport bosses are looking forward to 2006, with more short-haul and international routes planned to countries such as Iceland and Kenya.

In a statement, the airport said it hoped that such developments could lead to over 23 million passengers using the base next year.

With the soaring passenger numbers at the airport, those wishing to book Manchester Airport hotels should do so early.

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