Manchester Airport plc

04/04/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/04/2018 07:31

Manchester Airport reveals most popular long-haul routes across its catchment area last year

  • Top overall long-haul destinations include Dubai, Orlando and New York
  • Routes Mancunians prefer include Cancun, Hong Kong and Las Vegas
  • Destinations Scousers flock to include Boston, Toronto and Vancouver
  • Residents of Yorkshire jet off to Islamabad, Beijing and Singapore
  • Scots opt for trips to Houston, Barbados and Montego Bay
  • The Welsh fly the most to San Francisco and LA
  • Infographics highlight the popular routes across Manchester Airport's extensive catchment area
  • Top ten destinations by area included below

As the financial year comes to a close, the UK's third biggest airport, Manchester, unveils the most popular long-haul routes chosen by its 27.8m passengers across its extensive catchment area.

With 22m people in its catchment that spans north to Scotland, south to the Midlands, west to Merseyside and Wales, and east To Yorkshire, the data released today highlights how the global gateway connects millions of people to a wealth of economic hubs and tourist destinations.

Orlando marks the most popular destination by far across the entire catchment area with more than 500,000 passengers each year, but each county has an interesting set of routes its inhabitants jet off to each year. As well as offering passengers' holidays, a lot of the routes are actually key for business and trade opportunities. For example, Houston is a top destination in Scotland due to the oil and gas links, whereas San Francisco offers a vital connection to the vibrant tech cities of Leeds and Manchester.

The top ten overall popular long-haul destinations from Manchester Airport are:

  • Orlando - Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI and Virgin Atlantic
  • New York - Thomas Cook Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and Jet2
  • Dubai - Emirates
  • Cancun - Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • Islamabad - PIA
  • Las Vegas - Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin Atlantic
  • Barbados - Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI and Virgin Atlantic
  • Toronto - Air Transat and Air Canada Rouge
  • Hong Kong - Cathay Pacific
  • Abu Dhabi - Etihad Airways

In recent years Manchester Airport has added numerous long-haul routes to its network that in the UK, can only be found at the Northern hub, or in London. These include Beijing, San Francisco, Boston, Muscat, Houston and Hong Kong to name a few.

It is for this reason why the airport pulls in so many passengers from a vast area as people want to fly direct rather than hubbing through other airports or travelling down to the congested capital.

Many of these routes are providing vital connectivity to international markets for key sectors like tech, life sciences, energy and advanced manufacturing.

Manchester Airport's long-haul routes are also bringing hundreds of thousands of international tourists to the North and beyond each year, providing a boost to hotels, restaurants and visitor attractions.

Julian Carr, Aviation Director for Manchester Airport, said: 'It is interesting to see the mix of destinations and how they differ from county to county across our vast catchment area.

'It is clear Manchester Airport is providing vital access to people across the North and beyond to key sites of economic opportunity, holidays and the chance to visit loved ones abroad.

'Whether people want to fly from Liverpool to Las Vegas, Cheshire to Cancun, Newcastle to New York or Llandudno to LA, we will continue to strive to offer and secure all our 27.8m passengers a broad range of destinations.'

As well as adding numerous destinations in recent years, 2018 will be the airport's busiest ever year and will see the launch of direct flights to Seattle, with Thomas Cook Airlines, again making Manchester the only non-London airport in the UK with this route. It will also see the biggest ever investment in the airport as the £1bn transformation continues at pace.

Top ten destinations by area:

Greater Manchester

  • Dubai - Emirates
  • Orlando - Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI and Virgin Atlantic
  • New York - Thomas Cook Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and Jet2
  • Islamabad - PIA
  • Abu Dhabi - Etihad Airways
  • Lahore - PIA
  • Cancun - Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • Hong Kong - Cathay Pacific
  • Tel Aviv - easyJet
  • Las Vegas - Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin Atlantic

Merseyside

  • Orlando - Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI and Virgin Atlantic
  • Dubai - Emirates
  • New York - Thomas Cook Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and Jet2
  • Las Vegas - Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin Atlantic
  • Cancun - Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • Abu Dhabi - Etihad Airways
  • Hong Kong - Cathay Pacific
  • Toronto - Air Transat and Air Canada Rouge
  • Boston - Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin Atlantic
  • Vancouver - Air Transat

Cheshire

  • Dubai - Emirates
  • Orlando - Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI, Virgin Atlantic
  • New York - Thomas Cook Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and Jet2
  • Vancouver - Air Transat
  • Toronto - Air Canada Rouge and Air Transat
  • Las Vegas - Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin Atlantic
  • Cancun - Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • Barbados - Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI and Virgin Atlantic
  • Boston - Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin Atlantic
  • Jamaica - Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI

Lancashire

  • Orlando - Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI, Virgin Atlantic
  • Dubai - Emirates
  • Abu Dhabi - Etihad Airways
  • Islamabad - PIA
  • Cancun - Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • New York - Thomas Cook Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and Jet2
  • Toronto - Air Canada Rouge and Air Transat
  • Jeddah - Saudia Airlines
  • Barbados - Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI and Virgin Atlantic
  • Las Vegas - Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin Atlantic

Cumbria

  • Orlando - Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI, Virgin Atlantic
  • Dubai - Emirates
  • New York - Thomas Cook Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and Jet2
  • Cancun - Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • Atlanta - Virgin Atlantic
  • Puerto Plata - TUI
  • Hong Kong - Cathay Pacific
  • Las Vegas - Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin Atlantic
  • Goa - Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • Boa Vista - TUI

Yorkshire

  • Islamabad - PIA
  • Orlando - Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI, Virgin Atlantic
  • New York - Thomas Cook Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and Jet2
  • Dubai - Emirates
  • Cancun - Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • Hong Kong - Cathay Pacific
  • Las Vegas - Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin Atlantic
  • Barbados - Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI and Virgin Atlantic
  • Singapore - Singapore Airlines
  • Lahore - PIA

Staffordshire

  • Orlando - Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI, Virgin Atlantic
  • New York - Thomas Cook Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and Jet2
  • Toronto - Air Canada Rouge and Air Transat
  • Dubai - Emirates
  • Punta Cana - Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • Cancun - Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • Las Vegas - Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin Atlantic
  • Barbados - Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI and Virgin Atlantic
  • Jamaica - Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • Islamabad - PIA

Lincolnshire

  • Orlando - Thomas Cook Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic
  • Cancun - Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • New York - Thomas Cook Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and Jet2
  • Dubai - Emirates
  • Las Vegas - Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin Atlantic
  • Goa - Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • Orlando - Sanford - TUI
  • Punta Cana - Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • Barbados - Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI and Virgin Atlantic
  • Tel Aviv - easyJet

Scotland

  • Orlando operated by Virgin Atlantic, TUI and Thomas Cook Airlines
  • Punta Cana operated by Thomas Cook Airlines
  • Cancun operated by Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • Houston operated by Singapore Airlines
  • New York operated by Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, and Jet2
  • Barbados operated by Virgin Atlantic, TUI and Thomas Cook Airlines
  • Varadero operated by Thomas Cook Airlines
  • Jamaica operated by Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • Sal Island operated by Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • Boston operated by Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin Atlantic

Northern Ireland

  • Orlando operated by Virgin Atlantic, TUI and Thomas Cook Airlines
  • Punta Cana operated by Thomas Cook Airlines
  • Cancun operated by Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • New York operated by Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, and Jet2
  • Barbados operated by Virgin Atlantic, TUI and Thomas Cook Airlines
  • Varadero operated by Thomas Cook Airlines
  • Jamaica operated by Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • Sal Island operated by Thomas Cook Airlines
  • Boston operated by Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin Atlantic
  • Las Vegas operated by Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin Atlantic

North East

  • Orlando - Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI, Virgin Atlantic
  • Cancun - Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • Las Vegas - Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin Atlantic
  • Barbados - Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI, Virgin Atlantic
  • Islamabad - PIA
  • New York - Thomas Cook Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and Jet2
  • Punta Cana - Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • Goa - Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • Jamaica - Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • Cayo Coco - Thomas Cook Airlines

Wales

  • Orlando - Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI, Virgin Atlantic
  • Las Vegas - Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin Atlantic
  • New York - Thomas Cook Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and Jet2
  • Cancun - Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • Dubai - Emirates
  • Los Angeles - Thomas Cook Airlines
  • Singapore - Singapore Airlines
  • Barbados - Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI, Virgin Atlantic
  • Hong Kong - Cathay Pacific
  • San Francisco - Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin Atlantic

West Midlands

  • Orlando operated by Virgin Atlantic, TUI and Thomas Cook Airlines
  • New York operated by Virgin Atlantic, Thomas Cook Airlines, United Airlines and Jet2
  • Las Vegas operated by Virgin Atlantic and Thomas Cook Airlines
  • Cancun operated by Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • Barbados operated by Virgin Atlantic, TUI and Thomas Cook Airlines
  • Punta Cana operated by Thomas Cook Airlines
  • Toronto operated by Air Transat and Air Canada Rouge
  • Jamaica operated by Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • Dubai operated by Emirates
  • Islamabad operated by PIA

East Midlands

  • Orlando - Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI, Virgin Atlantic
  • New York - Thomas Cook Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and Jet2
  • Cancun - Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • Las Vegas - Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin Atlantic
  • Hong Kong - Cathay Pacific
  • Sal Island - Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
  • Dubai - Emirates
  • Boston - Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin Atlantic
  • Holguin - Thomas Cook Airlines
  • Toronto - Air Canada Rouge and Air Transat