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Record numbers expected at Manchester Airport

With thousands heading off to the sun this weekend, Manchester Airport is preparing for what could be its busiest Easter ever.

Arrivals and departures are expected to exceed 200 thousand.

And 68 new security staff have been taken on just for the holiday period.

Spokeswoman Tricia Williams said people should allow plenty of time for checking in and boarding.


Thousands head out for the great Easter getaway

Traffic jam ahead of the Easter break Credit: PA

A poll from VisitEngland showed that around 3.4 million Britons are set to take an Easter break in the UK involving at least one overnight stay, providing an £800 million boost for the UK economy.

Around 6.5 million Britons are planning day trips over the holiday period, with a further 9% undecided whether to have a break involving an overnight stay, the survey revealed.

VisitEngland chief executive James Berresford said: "The industry has rallied following the severe weather earlier this year. It's business as usual for tourism with a full line-up of events and offers across the country, and destinations ready and waiting to welcome visitors this Easter break."

An estimated 1.6 million Britons are heading abroad for the holiday. Over the Easter weekend, 110,000 passengers will leave from Manchester Airport.

Popular foreign spots for those going overseas include Spain and its islands, Turkey, Tunisia and Florida, according to UK travel organisation Abta. Top city destinations are Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam, Rome and New York, while bookings for UK breaks are described by Abta as "healthy".

New route to Hong Kong announced from Manchester Airport

The service will be operated by Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Credit: Manchester Airport

A new flight between Hong Kong and Manchester Airport has been announced. The four-times-weekly service will start on 8 December 2014.

It's hoped the service will help strengthen business links between the North West and China.

Manchester Airport Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/Press Association Images


Man charged with smuggling heroin into Manchester Airport

A man has been charged with drug smuggling after Border Force officers at Manchester Airport seized heroin worth an estimated £280,000.

Muhammad Ashfaq, 42, appeared before Trafford Magistrates on Monday 10 February, charged with the importation of a Class A drug.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court on 3 March, 2014.

The discovery was made on Friday 7 February as officers inspected a mishandled bag that should have arrived the previous day on a flight from Islamabad.

Saudi Airlines return to Manchester with Jeddah route

Saudi Airlines, the national carrier for Saudi Arabia, has announced a return to Manchester Airport with a direct route between Manchester and Jeddah starting in March.

The airline last operated from Manchester in 2007 and Manchester Airport say the new Jeddah route is expected to attract a range of leisure and business passengers.

Manchester Airport welcomes largest commercial airfreighter

The B747-8 at Manchester Airport Credit: Manchester Airport Group

Manchester Airport welcomed the Boeing 747-8 Freighter (B747-8F) landed from Hong Kong this morning. The new aircraft will fly on a regular basis on the Manchester to Hong Kong route and is capable of carrying over 130 tonnes of cargo.

The aircraft was given a water cannon salute Credit: Manchester Airport Group
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