London,
14
August
2017
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10:57
Europe/London

Investment planned for Manchester and London Stansted as numbers continue to grow

MAG grows July passenger numbers across all its airports year on year

Manchester +7.4%, London Stansted +10.5%, East Midlands +3.1%, Bournemouth +1.2%

Investment to cater for growth throughout the next decade planned· 

Passengers

 

Manchester

London Stansted

East Midlands

Bournemouth

MAG

Rolling 12 month total

27,231,037

25,153,348

4,772,851

688,357

57,845,593

July 2017 total

3,031,844

2,580,204

588,474

81,434

6,281,956

July 2017

% change

year on year

+7.4%

+10.5%

+3.1%

+1.2%

+8.1%

Cargo

 

Manchester

London Stansted

East Midlands

July 2017 tonnes

12,059

21,255

27,856

% change

year on year

+20.6%

+2.1%

+2.6%

 

MAG airports saw continued growth in both passenger numbers and cargo tonnes flown in July, as MAG plans to invest more than £1 billion in terminal and airfield facilities in the coming decade, to allow their airports to play an even greater role in providing the runway capacity this country needs in the coming years.

"We will shortly begin a number of projects totalling £50 million to provide additional check-in capacity and add more seating in the departure lounge as well as increasing the number of aircraft parking stands on the airfield."
Karen Smart, Asset Management Director, London Stansted Airport

Manchester Airport, the only airport in the UK with two runways apart from London Heathrow, grew 7.4% year on year to handle more than 3million passengers in July. It has now seen a record 27 million people pass through its three terminals in the last 12 months. In response, it welcomed the Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, to see work start on its £1 billion transformation programme which will allow it to make serve more passengers in its terminals and make fuller use of its current runway capacity.

London Stansted Airport was equally busy, welcoming over 2.5 million passengers to the airport during July this year, up 10.5% over the same month in 2016. London Stansted has recently confirmed its intention to apply to lift its current ‘passenger cap’ from 35 million passengers per year to 44 million, allowing airlines to plan their future growth at London’s third airport. It is also about to commence the first stage of works to transform the current terminal building into a dedicated departures building, in advance of a new arrivals building being built next door. The initial work will involve the creation of new check in space and seating areas in the terminal.

East Midlands Airport grew by 3.1% to serve 588,000 passengers in July and Bournemouth Airport grew 1.2% to 81,000.

Manchester Airport is also playing an increasingly important role in international trade, as more direct long-haul route connections to destinations like Beijing, Singapore, Houston and Muscat led to cargo growth of 20.6% year-on-year.

Karen Smart, Asset Management Director, London Stansted Airport, said: “The airport has never been busier, so to help us keep pace with increased demand and improve the passenger experience, we have started a significant investment programme to deliver a wide range of projects over the next five years to transform the airport and support sustainable growth on our single runway.

“The centrepiece of this investment plan is the new £130 million arrivals building which was granted planning permission in April this year and will help transform our facilities to give our passengers the best possible experience.

“In addition, we will shortly begin a number of projects totalling £50 million to provide additional check-in capacity and add more seating in the departure lounge as well as increasing the number of aircraft parking stands on the airfield. This work will help improve customer service and add vital capacity during the period in advance of the new arrivals building becoming operational and the subsequent full transformation of existing terminal.”

Contact
Louis Blake
Group Press Office Manager
+44 (0) 7711 574419
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