Passenger numbers across MAG remain strong in November

·       The Group served 3.6 million passengers across November - 92% of pre-Covid traffic

·       London Stansted served 97% of 2019 traffic – it’s highest proportion of pre-pandemic passenger numbers so far

·       Figures for November come after MAG published its interim results earlier this month where it served 30.5 million passengers, equating to 84% of pre-Covid traffic

Manchester Airports Group (MAG) continues to see a strong passenger performance across its three airports, figures for November show.

The Group, which owns and operates Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands Airports, served 3.6 million passengers in November - representing 92% of passengers handled in the same month in 2019.

London Stansted saw its passenger numbers near 100% of pre-Covid levels across November, in the highest proportion of traffic seen at the airport throughout the recovery period.

The airport served just more than 1.8 million passengers in November - 97% of numbers seen in the same month in 2019.

London Stansted’s recovery has been driven by its wide range of popular European destinations which have continued to stimulate passenger traffic, and at some points outstripping demand seen before the pandemic.

Manchester Airport served 1.6 million passengers, equating to 90% of pre-pandemic traffic, with East Midlands Airport also delivering a strong performance – serving 70% of traffic seen in 2019.

The Group’s 12 month rolling passenger figure totalled 48 million passengers, which is an increase of 280% on 2021.

On 7th December MAG published its interim financial results for 2022-23. In the first six months of the year the Group served 30.5 million passengers, representing 84% of traffic seen across the same period before the pandemic.

MAG recorded an operating profit of £22.8 million for the first half of the year, compared with losses of £75.7 million in the equivalent period last year and increased revenues from £158.7 million to £538.8 million.

The Group attributes its strong performance between April and September to the reintroduction of the vast majority of its’ airline’s pre-pandemic routes - this meant there was strong levels of recovery across both short and long-haul travel.

MAG’s decision not to impose capacity restrictions on its airlines also contributed to its strong performance, with carriers allowed to meet passenger demand over the summer period.

Operational performance continues to improve across the Group. In November, 99% of passengers at London Stansted and East Midlands Airports passing through security in less than 15 minutes. This figure stood at 97% for passengers at Manchester Airport.




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