MAG, the operator of Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports, completed the yr on a excessive as December noticed every airport welcome extra passengers than they did within the equal month final yr.
The December progress rounded off a profitable 2018 for MAG, as 61.1 million passengers used its airports, representing an 8.2 per cent yr on yr enhance.
The tip of 2018 additionally marks 5 years of MAG possession of London Stansted Airport.
In that point, Stansted has grown its passenger numbers by 57 per cent, serving ten million extra passengers in 2018 than in 2013.
Over the identical interval Manchester Airport grew by 36.7 per cent and East Midlands grew by 12.7 per cent progress at East Midlands.
Total, which means that MAG’s three airports served 18.2 million extra passengers in 2018 than they did 5 years in the past.
This enhance has been pushed by the large enlargement in route choices that MAG has labored with airways to ship, supported by the numerous spare runway capability that its airports have provided at a time when different main airports have been reaching full capability.
Manchester Airport’s profitable 2018 (up 1.7 per cent to 28.three million) comes regardless of the lack of its seventh greatest airline, Monarch, and was pushed by new lengthy routes to Addis Ababa, Mumbai and Seattle – in addition to a resurgence of leisure site visitors to Turkey.
London Stansted Airport welcomed 28 million passengers in a yr for the primary time in its historical past (up 8.2 per cent), and likewise noticed a document December (up 10.three per cent to 2 million).
East Midlands Airport additionally grew, by 2.6 per cent, to serve 231,000 passengers in December.
Tim Hawkins, chief technique officer, MAG, stated: “The dimensions of progress we’ve delivered at MAG airports during the last 5 years displays the vastly vital contribution that they’ve made to driving financial progress, each nationally and within the communities round our airports.
“We’re delighted to be serving 18 million additional clients yearly, in comparison with 5 years in the past – offering passengers with a a lot wider selection of routes and airways, and good worth fares.”