Long Haul Tykes Head For The Heat – Airport Survey
The UK’s third biggest airport, Manchester, has unveiled the most popular long-haul routes chosen by its 4.8m Yorkshire passengers last year.
Tykes who love travel are most likely to jet off to Islamabad, Orlando, and New York.
The top ten most popular long-haul routes in Yorkshire are:
Islamabad operated by PIA
Orlando operated by Virgin Atlantic, TUI and Thomas Cook Airlines
New York operated by Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, and Jet2
Dubai operated by Emirates
Cancun operated by Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
Hong Kong operated by Cathay Pacific
Las Vegas operated by Virgin Atlantic and Thomas Cook Airlines
Barbados operated by Virgin Atlantic, TUI and Thomas Cook Airlines
Singapore operated by Singapore Airlines
Lahore operated by PIA
In recent years Manchester Airport has added numerous long-haul routes to its network including Beijing, San Francisco, Boston, Muscat, Houston and Hong Kong to name just a few.
Which goes some way to explaining why the airport attracts so many passengers from a large catchment area because many people want to fly direct rather than hubbing through other airports or travelling to the more congested Heathrow.
Many of these routes also provide 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 Yorkshire Dales and cities like Leeds and York each year, providing a boost to hotels, restaurants and visitor attractions.
The airport’s catchment spans north to Scotland, south to the Midlands, west to Wales and Merseyside, and east across Yorkshire.
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 Sheffield to Singapore, Leeds to Los Angeles or Hull to Hong Kong, 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.
Long Haul Tykes Head For The Heat – Airport Survey, 8th April 2018, 18:37 PM