Manchester Airport prepares for its busiest days of the year - and reveals top ten destinations

August is the peak month of the holiday season

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Manchester Airport is gearing up for its busiest days of the year, with around 100,000 passengers a day set to pass though it this month.

August is the peak month of the holiday season and follows a successful July that saw nearly three million passengers fly into or out of the airport – an increase of almost 15 per cent on July 2022.

Around 100,000 passengers will come through the airport most days over August, with that figure increasing to 107,000 on Fridays.

Chris Woodroofe, Managing Director of Manchester Airport, said:

“We are proud to serve the North, connecting people from all over the region to the places they love to travel to during the summer season, and making it as easy and affordable for them as possible.

“In the last month alone, we’ve seen almost 3m passengers come through the airport and we’ve worked hard to give every single person the best start to their travels. More than 96 per cent of people have been able to get through security in under 15 minutes meaning they get to relax in our departure lounges and feel like their holidays are beginning at the airport.

“The summer is in full swing. We’re expecting even more passengers in August, and I feel confident that we’re in a great position to continue giving people the best start to their breaks.

“We’ve recruited more than 3,000 new employees since last year and our 100-person resilience team is making sure that we’re able to respond quickly to any issues that may crop up. This work has also helped us get the top rating from the Civil Aviation Authority for our support for passengers who need assistance.

“So, if you’re coming through Manchester Airport in the next month, we look forward to seeing you.”

The airport welcomed 2,995,984 passengers in July, over 200,000 more than the previous month, which was the busiest the airport has been since before the pandemic.

The most popular destination for the region’s holidaymakers in July was the Spanish island of Mallorca, with almost a quarter of a million passengers flying to Palma. Travellers wanting a shorter trip meant Dublin was the second most popular destination, with perennial favourites like Faro, Tenerife and Malaga all occupying top-ten spots.

Orlando saw the biggest percentage increase in passengers jumping from 44,000 passengers flying out to the theme park capital of the world in June compared to 53,000 in July.

The most popular destinations over the last month have been:

  1. Palma de Mallorca – 224k passengers
  2. Dublin – 220k passengers
  3. Alicante – 179k passengers
  4. Faro – 157k passengers
  5. Tenerife – 145k passengers
  6. Dubai – 141k passengers
  7. Malaga – 139k passengers
  8. Antalya – 138k passengers
  9. Belfast – 131k passengers
  10. Dalaman – 117k passengers