15 April, 2024

Annual passenger numbers across MAG airports increase by 13%

More than 61m passengers travelled through MAG airports in the 12 months to the end of March - up 13.4% year-on-year.

MAG – which owns and operates Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands Airports – served 4.6m passengers in March, equal to 103% of 2019 levels, and up 12.4% on the same month last year.

London Stansted recorded its busiest 12 months ever, with 28.5m passengers travelling through the airport in the year to the end of March 2024 – up 11.8% on last year. Across what was also its busiest March on record, London Stansted served 2.2m passengers – up 10.8% on last year and equal to 104% of 2019 levels.

61.3m passengers travelled through a MAG airport in the 12 months to March

UK’s largest airports group welcomed 4.6m passenger in March

London Stansted had its busiest 12 months on record – with 28.5m passengers travelling through the airport

Manchester Airport also had a record month, serving 2.2m passengers in March – the sixth consecutive month it recorded its best-ever performance. The figure was 104% of 2019 levels, up 12.3% year-on-year.

East Midlands Airport had the highest year-on-year increases in the Group this month – reaching an annual total of 4.1m passengers for the first time since 2019 – up 22.4% on last year. Across March, the airport welcomed 240,000 passengers, up 30.7% on the same months last year, and equal to 94% of 2019 levels.

Operational performance across the Group remains consistently strong, and in March 100% of passengers at all three airports passed through security in 15 minutes or less.

MAG CEO Ken O’Toole said: “We work hard to ensure our airports provide the best possible choice of destinations to passengers - whatever their reason for travel - and in a way that makes international travel as affordable and accessible as possible.

“These latest figures demonstrate that our airports are meeting the needs of passengers up and down the country, which in turn helps create jobs and drive economic prosperity in the regions we serve.

“London Stansted is now serving more passengers than it did before the pandemic – which is testament to the value and ease it offers passengers to an unrivalled choice of European destinations and connections to the Middle East.

“Through the transformation programmes we’re delivering across the Group, MAG is investing in the future of air travel, and working to provide an excellent experience for passengers travelling through our airports.”




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