Manchester Airport has reported record numbers of passengers in January.
Well and truly getting 2016 off to a flying start, the airport saw an increase in passenger numbers by 8% compared to the previous year.
A staggering 1.4 million passengers passed through the airport last month, as well as an increase in aircraft movements.
Winter sun hot spots saw particular popularity, with routes to Dubai, Palma and Tenerife performing well.
Speaking about the record January, the airport’s Managing Director, Ken O’Toole, said, “January is usually a quieter month following the busy Christmas period however the increase in passenger numbers this January highlights that more people have opted to take a post-Christmas break.”
2016 is set to be a record year, as the airport welcomes several new routes in the forthcoming months, including a direct service by Hainan Airline to Beijing, whilst Thomas Cook Airlines will fly to Boston and Los Angeles.
Mr O’Toole added, “Popular routes during the month included long haul favourites, like Dubai, as people sought out some sun. We expect February to be a busy month also as couples jet off on romantic weekend breaks to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Plus half term sees many families hitting the slopes across Europe.”