MOST POPULAR FAR FLUNG ROUTES LAST YEAR
- 600k passengers from Cumbria jetted off to the Northern hub’s 210 destinations last year
- Long-haul routes Cumbrians also prefer include New York, Goa and Las Vegas
- Infographics highlight the popular routes across Manchester Airport’s extensive catchment area
- Top ten destinations for Cumbria are included below
As the last financial year comes to a close, the UK’s third biggest airport, Manchester, unveils the most popular long-haul routes chosen by the 600k passengers from Cumbria who flew through its doors last year.
People of Cumbria are most likely to be jetting off to Orlando, Dubai, and New York. As well as providing holiday destinations, a lot of the routes link Cumbria with key economic hubs and trade opportunities across the globe.
The top ten most popular long-haul routes in Cumbria are:
- Orlando operated by Virgin Atlantic, TUI and Thomas Cook Airlines
- Dubai operated by Emirates
- New York operated by Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, and Jet2
- Cancun operated by Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
- Atlanta operated by Virgin Atlantic
- Puerto Plata operated by TUI
- Hong Kong operated by Cathay Pacific
- Las Vegas operated by Virgin Atlantic and Thomas Cook Airlines
- Goa operated by Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI
- Boa Vista Island operated by TUI
In recent years Manchester Airport has added numerous long-haul routes to its network that in the UK, can only be found at the Northern hub, or in London. These include Beijing, San Francisco, Boston, Muscat, Houston and Hong Kong to name a few.
It is for this reason why the airport pulls in so many passengers from a vast catchment area as people want to fly direct rather than hubbing through other airports or travelling down to the congested capital.
Many of these routes are providing 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 Lake District 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 Carlisle to Cancun, Brampton to Boa Vista, or Penrith to Puerto Plata, 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.