LONDON – After 18 months of travel restrictions and lockdowns that have sent airlines and airports into spirals that at times seemed like they would never end, Manchester Airport seems to have struck the perfect balance for the road to recovery with airlines opening new transatlantic routes and carriers returning for additional services or routes.
In just the last 3 weeks Manchester airport has seen an impressive recovery in its route network and airlines, since the easing of restrictions the airport has seen the commitment from Aer Lingus to open its first UK base with non-stop direct services from Manchester to Barbados launching today and U.S destinations expected to start to open by the end of the month.
While it is not the UK’s busiest airport, Manchester Airport continues to place its self as one of the best in the world with its recently revamped Terminal 2 and drive and commitment to offer more routes and services to its customer it is the true powerhouse of the north and will remain a vital part in the long term future and success of UK aviation following the decision to expand Heathrow airport once again being pushed back.
Ryanair Launches flights to Lviv
On Tuesday Ryanair announced that it would be launching a new direct service from Manchester Airport to Lviv operating on a two times weekly service starting from November 5, and will be operated by the airline brand new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
Ryanair’s Director of Commercial, Jason Mc Guinness, said: “As Europe’s No.1 airline, Ryanair remains committed to re-building Europe’s aviation and tourism industry by restoring connectivity and growing its network of passengers to over 225 million by 2026. As Ryanair takes delivery of 55 additional Boeing 737-8200 ‘Gamechanger’ aircraft this winter, we are delighted to add this new route from Manchester to Lviv.”
Nouvelair relaunches regular flights from Machester and London Gatwick to Tunisia
following the relaxation of travel restrictions between the UK and Tunisia Nouvelair has announced it will begin its regular 2 times weekly service from Manchester and 3 times weekly service from Gatwick from March 29, 2022. The airline said that the planned date was fixed for them to allow the travel to be in place prior to the start of the Easter holiday break in the UK.
Carl Denton, UK Sales added, “After being restricted to a limited program in 2021, we are very excited to restart operations again for 2022, with an expanded operation which will provide great access for Holidays, Business and most importantly to allow friends and families to reconnect with Tunisia again!”
The flights will be operated by the carrier A320’s, of which the carrier operates a fleet of 10 of the type across all of its routes and services. It is not the first time that the Nouvelair has announced the reintroduction of these routes or services with it reintroducing the London Gatwick and Machester services for a brief period back in July as restrictions had for a time become relaxed, however, this is the first time that the carrier has announced intentions to operate these routes on their regular pre-covid schedule and frequency.
Air Transat Relaunches services to Toronto
In what has been a spectacular three weeks for aviation recovery at Manchester Aiport today also marked the return of flights from Manchester to Toronto with Air Transat who operated the flight with one of its A321neo aircraft.
The reintroduction of this service is an important step in the long term recovery of the Transatlantic market, with the U.S and Canada now opening their borders once again to UK customers, it perhaps in addition to the other routes and services Manchester Airport has seen a return in the last three weeks a sign that we are now in the road to recovering from the COVID-19 damages that have left many sectors in aviation struggling to survive.