Manchester Airport has revealed this week that they are expecting 780,000 passengers over the 11-day festive peak period.
Within this, 22,000 people are expected to fly out to Lapland, thanks to an extra 132 flights being arranged to see Santa.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
Manchester Airport: 780,000 Passengers During Festive Peak…
This is comparable to the peak of the Summer season, and is off the back of continued passenger demand.
Last month, the airport handled 1.9m passengers, which was 300,000 more than the same period in 2022, and is higher than the 1.8m recorded in 2019.
Commenting on this further was Chris Woodroofe, the Managing Director of Manchester Airport:
“Here at Manchester Airport we’re really proud to serve the people of the North by playing a key part in the festive season.
“Walking through the terminals at Christmas is a truly exciting experience. You can see joyful families being reunited in arrivals and departures packed with excited children on their way to Lapland.
“We serve more destinations than any airport outside London and that means we’re able to make Christmas wishes come true for thousands of people.
“We’ve worked hard this year to make sure people’s experiences of the airport are positive. We’re now seeing demand for travel increasing beyond pre-pandemic levels but at the same time we’ve driven down the time people spend queuing to get to security to below 15minutes for 99% of passengers.
“That means I feel confident that this year’s festive flyers will get the perfect start to their journeys at Manchester Airport.”
All eyes will be on how smooth the festive period goes for the airport, as well as what the start to their new year will look in 2024.
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