Manchester Airports hit 92% of pre-pandemic levels

By Mark McSherry

Manchester Airports Group (MAG) said it served 92% of pre-pandemic passenger levels in March.

MAG, which owns and operates Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands Airports, served four million passengers in March – up 163% on 2022.

London Stansted served just under two million passengers across the month, representing 94% of pre-pandemic traffic, with Manchester Airport serving 1.9 million passengers – representing 93% of 2019 levels.

East Midlands Airport served 183,000 passengers, representing 72% of pre-pandemic levels.

MAG’s rolling 12-month passenger total to March 2023 stood at 54 million passengers – 88% of 2019 levels.

“Over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, MAG delivered strong service levels, with 99% of passengers at London Stansted and East Midlands Airports passing through security in 15 minutes or less,” said MAG.

“The figure stood at 97% for Manchester Airport. Across the four-day weekend – 7th-11th April – MAG collectively saw approximately 700,000 passengers travel through its airports.

“Strong service levels continue to be driven by recruitment since January 2022, and as the aviation industry enters its busiest period of the year, MAG remains confident that all three of its airports are well resourced to get passengers on their way throughout the summer.”