Each September, as a brand new year of students begin life at any of the 25 universities within a 2 hour drive from Manchester, the airport sees an influx of international students looking to travel to the city too. September 2016 saw a huge 2.7m passengers use the airport’s facilities, bumping up their annual total to 25 million!
Another reason for the high passenger numbers are the holidaymakers who are grabbing the last rays of summer sun before it disappears! Manchester Airport’s top five most popular destinations in September included; Majorca, the Costas and Tenerife as well as Dubai and New York also being very popular. September also landmarked Flybe’s launch of its service to Luxembourg, as well as Austrian Airlines celebrating a full year of flying between Manchester and Vienna.
Ken O’Toole, Manchester Airport CEO, said: “It’s been another excellent month for the airport as we continue to break passenger records on a monthly basis. It was also particularly pleasing to see the large numbers of international students arriving into the airport ahead of starting their studies.
“The wide range of institutions from as far as Wales, Scotland, the North East and Yorkshire meeting the students only served to highlight the importance of our connectivity and wide reach of our catchment area.”
Adding a sporting slant on the increased passenger numbers, airport staff were excited to welcome many of Team GB’s northern based Paralympians who were returning from their participation in the Rio Games. The airport saw an 11% increase in aircraft movements in September with over 18,600 planes coming and going from the two runways.
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