Traffic at MAG airports at its highest level since the pandemic began
The UK’s largest group of airports has seen the strongest month of recovery since the pandemic began, figures for October reveal.
Manchester Airports Group (MAG), which owns and operates Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands Airports, served just more than five million passengers in October - 93% of passengers served in the same month in 2019.
The figure is up 7% on last month, with passenger demand stimulated by the October half-term school holidays.
Both London Stansted and Manchester Airports served around 2.3 million passengers, equating to 94% and 93% of pre-pandemic traffic.
East Midlands Airport’s recovery also continued, serving more than 350,000 passengers across the month – equivalent to 84% of traffic seen in 2019, which was up 16% month on month.
The Group’s 12 month rolling passenger total was more than 46.7 million which is an increase of 336% on 2021.
As passenger number continue to increase close to pre-covid levels, so too have the number of colleagues employed by MAG across its three airports. Since January thousands of new colleagues have started roles across the business. That has meant that, as recovery has continued, service levels have also improved significantly. For example across October, 99% of passengers at London Stansted and East Midlands Airports cleared security in 15 mins or less, with the figure standing at 87% for Manchester Airport.
MAG is now back in its normal recruitment cycle, currently advertising roles in preparation for increased demand in summer 2023.
This will ensure that passengers have the best possible airport experience next year and beyond.
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