Manchester Airport prepares for Easter rush

by Emily DUNBAR on April 22, 2011

Officials at Manchester Airport say they think this Easter bank holiday will be the busiest since 2005 as Brits jet off on vacation in their throngs. At least 500,000 people are expected to fly out of the English hub between Good Friday and May 2.

The airport claims the figures match those of Easter 2005 when Manchester Airport had its heyday before the recession. They are also up four per cent on the same period in 2009.

The big rise is down to increased bookings of city breaks in Europe, according to an airport spokesman. He said that the British public are clearly taking advantage of the succession of bank holidays brought on by the royal wedding, with around 200,000 passengers expected through departure gates over the Easter weekend alone.

The spokesman when on to say that passenger numbers like these have not been seen since 2005, when the exchange rate favoured the pound over the euro and before the recession took hold. He added that these improving factors have encouraged holidaymakers to take up European city breaks once more.

The succession of bank holidays over Easter and May Day, plus a two-day holiday around the royal wedding on April 29, means British workers can enjoy an 11-day break while using up just three days’ annual leave. Weather forecasts have also been positive for the whole period, so more airport staff are being brought in the help cope with the increased passenger numbers both in and out of the country.

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