Growth is finally seen at Manchester Airport thanks to burgeoning long-haul travel.

Airport news for Flights,Manchester on 11/11/2010.

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Manchester Airport has announced the first increase in passenger numbers seen in 28 months. The good news results from expanding long-haul traffic.

A total of 1.632 million people travelled through Manchester Airport in October. This is 1.81 per cent more passengers than flew through the airport in the same month last year. The increase came from expanded travel to destinations in the USA, the Middle East and Singapore.

This is the first time the total number of passengers in a month has gone up since May of 2008. The biggest rise in passenger traffic was seen on scheduled international flights. In October, 945,316 people were carried on these routes, compared to 861,396 last year in the same period.

At 7,519 flights, scheduled international services were up by 3.1 per cent. There were fewer charter passengers, however. The number fell to 475,000, a drop of 7.8 per cent. Domestic travel, too, was down. Just 211,857 people used domestic flights, 6.54 per cent down on October of 2009.

For the fiscal year since March, the total number of passengers through Manchester Airport is still down by 4.96 per cent, to 12.125 million. However this compares with the previous 12 months, over which passenger numbers fell by more than 10 per cent.

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