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A Record Year for a Scottish Airport

A Record Year for a Scottish Airport

"The a year ago has been a very busy and exciting time at London Stansted with passenger numbers and the range of destinations directly available from the airport both reaching all-time highs".

The year also saw Manchester airport's busiest day ever - with more than 112,000 people passing through the terminals on Friday, August 25 - as well a record festive period in December.

AIRPORT was used by more than 9.9 million passengers in 2017 as it recorded its busiest ever year. This excellent addition to our route network comes on top of the very exciting news that Primera Air will also launch direct flights to New York, Boston and Toronto from April and May this year. The poor weather conditions in December also led to a -5.2% reduction on domestic traffic.

But bosses have recognised that the aviation industry faces a number of challenges heightened by the Brexit situation.

"Work is now underway on phase one of our £500 million airport transformation project which will add more check-in desks, extra seating and more vehicle park spaces, and we will shortly submit a planning application to make best use of our existing runway capacity within current environmental limits to improve United Kingdom connectivity and support national and regional economic growth".

Domestic and worldwide traffic was up 4.6 per cent and 8.7 per cent respectively because of strong demand for winter sun destinations, but helicopter traffic was down 11.6 per cent on December 2016.

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"It was also particularly pleasing that we were able to considerably increase our connectivity, particularly across Europe, by securing more than 30 routes and services during the year".

Andrew Cowan, CEO of Manchester Airport, said: "It's been another strong year for Manchester Airport as passenger numbers continued to grow and we celebrated the launch of a number of key routes".

Work is now underway on phase one of our £500m airport transformation project which will add more check-in desks, extra seating and more vehicle park spaces, and we will shortly submit a planning application to make best use of our existing runway capacity within current environmental limits to improve United Kingdom connectivity and support national and regional economic growth.

"That success is of course down to the vast choice of destinations we offer, our partner airlines and businesses, but it's also down to the dedicated and expert staff who work across our campus to ensure the airport operates smoothly and successfully".

2018 promises to see yet more growth, with £1 billion of transformative work ongoing at Terminal 2 and the airport set to increase dual runway operation from the summer.

"We've already announced new and extended routes this year and construction continues on our £80 million extension project so we are preparing for further growth".


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