Manchester Airport is expecting one of the busiest Christmas periods in its 81-year history, with a projected 1.2m passengers forecast to pass through its three terminals between Thursday, December 19th and Sunday, January 5th.
Friday, December 20th is expected to be the busiest day, with passenger numbers topping 82,600. Not far behind are Sunday, December 29th and Friday, December 27th, with predicted totals of 80,400 and 78,500 passengers respectively.
The five most popular destinations, in descending order, are Dublin, Dubai, Amsterdam, Tenerife and Doha.
As part of the airport’s preparations for the festive season, its huMAN Advent Calendar will offer passengers guidance and tips on how to get their Christmas getaways off to the right start.
The calendar, which will be shared through the airport’s social media channels, will feature a member of staff, passenger or destination each day. Passengers appearing in the advent calendar will have the opportunity to win prizes whilst a wealth of tips and advice will be shared to help everyone’s journeys through the airport.
Lee Wasnidge, Customer Services and Security Director at Manchester Airport, said:
“This is one of the most exciting times of the year for both our colleagues and our customers and we look forward to helping more than a million passengers in getting to their dream destinations this Christmas.
“However, safety and security are just as important at this time of year as any other. We see an increase in passengers carrying unusual items, often as gifts for friends and family or as part of Christmas traditions. They can unwittingly end up falling foul of hand luggage regulations and the last thing we want to see is gifts being unwrapped or prevented or prevented from passing through security and making the journey to their end destination.”
“We encourage all of our passengers to review the advice we are providing to ensure they pass through security smoothly and do not have to leave any presents or other items behind.”