Manchester Airport has been going from strength to strength over the last twelve months. The UK’s third largest airport (and the main one outside of London) opened a number of new routes in 2014. Now with 220 destinations, the airport boasts the more direct flights than any other UK airport. As of 2014 passengers can fly to Jeddah and Hong Kong, and in the pipeline are routes to Beijing, Bangkok, India and the US’s West Coast.
The airport has won numerous awards over the years, with one of the most recent being ‘Airport of The Year’ for 2014. Manchester Airport beat the Heathrow, Gatwick and Birmingham Airports to win this in category at the prestigious Airport Operators Association awards.
The most popular destination in 2014 was Dubai. Emirates fly out to this business and tourism hub 3 times each day, 7 days a week. Dubai was recently announced as the world’s busiest airport, overtaking Heathrow, and expects to grow by another 9 million passengers (to 79m) this year.
In second place was the Irish capital Dublin. This notably shorter flight (1 hour instead of Dubai’s 7 hour 50 minute journey) saw up to 11 flights worth of tourists travelling out to the Emerald Isle every day. Tenerife grabs the third spot with this sunny destination seeing a number of airlines travelling there every week as they compete for British holidaymakers.
Manchester Airport opened as ‘Ringway Airport’ on the 25th of June, 1938. The remainder of the year saw 4000 passengers, a figure repeated for the following January to August of 1939, before the airport closed civil operations for the war. In context, 2014’s August saw 82,800 people passing through, every day. In 1989 and 1993 two new terminals were opened and 2001 saw the completion of the second runway, finalising the airport we know today.
Manchester Airport has recently received a £800million investment
However, the airport is set to change again, this time to the tune of a £800million investment. Airport City Manchester is an ambitious project set to create logistics, manufacturing, office and leisure facilities in two new developments around the airport. The final plans are ambitious and Time Magazine named ‘airport cities’ as one of the ideas that will change the world.
Manchester Airport looks set to continue flying high as passenger figures are steadily rising, new routes are opening and it is winning prestigious awards. Plus this Airport City venture, the first in the UK, is an exciting development which could bring new business and international attention to the city.