Manchester Airport has released figures for December 2022 which show strong signs of recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.
The northern hub handled 1.7 million passengers in the last month of the year, which equates to approximately 88% of the pre-pandemic level. For the whole year the airport recorded more than 23 million travellers, not too far from its 2019 total of 29.3 million.
Manchester Airport is owned by MAG which also runs London/Stansted and East Midlands airports. The London gateway processed 1.85 million passengers in December, which represents 93% of the total achieved in the same month in 2019.
In total, all three airports had a throughput of 3.7 million passengers in December, which was 90% of that recorded in December 2019.
The CEO of MAG, Charlie Cornish said: “It was great to see so many passengers back enjoying air travel again over the Christmas period and our traffic figures for 2022 demonstrate the strong recovery we have seen across all of our airports over the past 12 months.
“This reflects our focus on working with our airlines to provide the best possible choice and value to passengers.
“Combined with our investment in service and customer experience, this sets us up well for a positive 2023.”