At East Midlands Airport, summer passenger numbers rose to levels not seen since 2008 as the airport saw 554,159 passengers in September (+3.0%).
The figures come as the Government starts preparing its aviation strategy for the next three decades. In its submission to Government, MAG is calling for:
- A strategy that is national in scope which seeks to maximise the economic and social benefits of aviation
- A focus on how UK airports can be made easier and quicker to reach by rail and road
- A strategy that targets an increase in long haul connectivity from U.K. airports to support trade and provide better access to global markets
- A framework to be developed for the way future additional runway capacity in the UK should be developed
Tim Hawkins, Corporate Affairs Director at MAG (Manchester Airports Group), said: “The Government’s forthcoming aviation strategy will play a vital role in ensuring the UK has the best possible access to global markets over the coming decades.
“As an operator of airports across the country, we believe that the Government has an important role to play in improving international connectivity from every part of Britain. By supporting the development of a network of strategic airports with investment in better rail and road links, the Government can boost economic prosperity and strengthen trade links.”
MAG’s airports also boosted the role they play in international trade with Manchester’s cargo tonnage growing 9.2% year on year owing to an expanding long haul network. East Midlands Airport, which handles more cargo aircraft than any other UK airport, expanded 3% year on year, as did London Stansted, Britain’s second biggest airport for freight aircraft.