East Midlands Airport saw passenger numbers drop by 6.4% year on year to 218,047, partly due to a significant number of snow related flight cancellations.
The airport is, however, gearing up for a busy summer schedule, with a new route to Bodrum in Turkey starting in May and Seville being offered as a summer destination for the first time.
East Midlands did however see a 9.2% growth in cargo tonnage in February, and Stansted handled over 1,000 tonnes of Valentine’s Day flowers from outside of Europe in its busiest month of the year for fresh flower imports.
Tim Hawkins, Corporate Affairs Director, MAG ( Manchester Airports Group ) said:
“The next decade and beyond is going to be about making best use of the runway capacity that this country already has, and MAG operates the two largest airports in the country with significant spare runway capacity. That is why we are responding to continued growth by applying to raise the cap on passengers that we are allowed to serve at London Stansted to allow the airport to play a greater role in offering runway capacity in London over the next 10-15 years.
“At Manchester Airport meanwhile we are pressing ahead with our 10 year, £1billion investment in our terminal facilities, which will allow us to make better use of the two runways that the airport already has – the only airport in the UK outside of Heathrow to have more than one usable runway.”