Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports report best month since pandemic began

The group behind Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports has hailed February as its busiest month since the pandemic began.

The group served 2.4 million passengers last month – 62% of the traffic seen in the same period in 2019.

It added that its recovery has now exceeded the levels seen in November 2021, when passenger numbers peaked at 58% of 2019 levels.

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MAG CEO Charlie Cornish said: “The rate at which we have seen travel recover after the setback of Omicron restrictions is hugely encouraging for the aviation sector.

“The number of passengers that travelled through our airports in February shows the sheer demand for international travel that exists once people are freed from testing and other restrictions.

“Now that the Government has made clear that it will only consider implementing new public health measures at the border in extreme circumstances, we are well on the way to a sustained recovery as we head into the summer season.

“With so much excitement ahead for the sector, this is the perfect time to consider a career in aviation and so it is fantastic to be able to offer hundreds of new jobs at our airports across the country.”

Business Live – North West