Cargo 12% up – passenger numbers slightly down at East Midlands Airport in January


The Manchester Airport Group’s biggest cargo airport, East Midlands, saw a 12.6% growth in cargo tonnage in January despite a small drop in passenger numbers (-2.7%).


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The start of 2018 saw MAG, the UK’s largest airport group, serve more passengers than in the same period last year, as passenger statistics for January showed 1.4% year on year growth.

At London Stansted, 1,801,994 passengers flew in January 2018, a 3.3% increase despite Ryanair cancelling some winter services this year. Destinations that proved popular in January included the Canary Islands for winter sun and ski destinations such as Chambéry and Milan.

Looking into the new year, the airport is expecting to gain further ground in Summer 2018 as Primera Air begin flights to New York, Toronto, Boston and Washington DC and Emirates begin daily 777 flights to Dubai, linking Stansted to an extensive network of global destinations.

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Manchester Airport’s passenger numbers in January were flat year on year (-0.05%) despite the sudden loss of Monarch flights which were operating this time last year. The airport’s key airlines continued to grow year on year in January and new destinations for Winter 2018 such as Muscat, and routes with expanded capacity such as Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and Frankfurt performed well.

MAG’s three airports have now served 58.6 million passengers in the last 12 months on a like-for-like basis, an increase of 6.7% on last year. Manchester has been the fastest growing airport in the past 12 months, growing 7.4% to serve 27.8m passengers, more than ever before.


  1. EMA needsto expand its passenger database. The airport directly serves the east midlands whose population is close to 5 million people. It has direct bus links to Nottingham, Loughborough, Derby and Leicester whose combined population at 1.6 million.

    MAG needs to create more passenger journeys and not all tourist journeys. The area the airport serves is very international whose population use Heathrow or Birmingham fir flights into India, Pakistan and Dubai.

    After brexit, the UK will rely on direct trade with mainly none EU nations, yet there is no passenger flights from the USA, China, India, UAE and Malaysia meaning the East Midlands could be hardest hit.

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