The number of passengers at Manchester Airport has returned to about half the levels before Covid, executives have revealed.
And last month, the number of passengers using the airport peaked at one million for the first time since February 2020.
Manchester Airport Group CEO Charlie Cornish hailed the figures as ‘hugely positive’.
And he called on the government to remove the remaining travel restrictions “at the earliest opportunity”.
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In October, just over 1.2 million flew. people to and from Manchester.
That is just under half the number of passengers compared to the same month in 2019, but more than 200% higher than the figures for October 2020.
About 2.7 million passengers used airports operated by the Manchester Airports Group – which also includes London Stansted and the East Midlands – last month.
It has risen by more than a fifth in September.
It comes after the government removed all remaining countries from the ‘red’ travel list and scrapped the requirement for travelers to take expensive PCR tests on October 4 in time for the half-holiday.
Travel between the UK and America was also resumed on November 8, with flights from Manchester to Orlando and New York among the first routes to be restarted.
Last month, freight volumes in Manchester had also increased by almost a quarter compared to October 2020.
Charlie Cornish said: “These figures clearly show how the demand for international travel is ready and waiting for when the restrictions will be eased.
“It’s hugely positive to have seen our traffic levels turn month by month, and the removal of costly barriers and insecurity gives consumers renewed confidence to get back to traveling.
“We need to see this positive trend continue after the reopening of transatlantic services to the US in early November, and as we continue to rebuild Manchester Airport’s network of direct long-haul connections.
“To ensure that we continue on this path to a full recovery, we urge the government to set out a clear ambition and plan to remove the remaining restrictions on travel abroad at the earliest opportunity.”
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