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Old March 30th, 2015, 02:07 AM   #221
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A visit to Manchester from Republican John Boehner the other day, where he spoke about how the Manchester area is "vital" to America.

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Virgins New MAN-ATL Service Now Flying...

VS yesterday launched its newest service;- MAN-ATL..VS picks up the route from DL as part of their revised services.

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Old March 30th, 2015, 07:15 PM   #223
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Ken O'Toole named Manchester Airport managing director...

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Former Ryanair executive Mr O’Toole has been chief commercial officer for MAG - which also runs Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports - since 2012

The operator of Manchester Airport has today announced the promotion of Ken O’Toole to managing director.

Mr O’Toole has been chief commercial officer for MAG - which also runs Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports - since 2012.

Andrew Cowan, who has been the firm’s chief operating officer for two years, will now become chief strategy officer.

He will lead strategic initiatives designed to support the long term growth and development of the group, which is partly-owned by the 10 Greater Manchester councils.

Both appointments are effective immediately.

Charlie Cornish, chief executive of M.A.G, said: “M.A.G has made remarkable progress over the past four years, and is now a fast growing airport services group with enormously strong prospects. Both Ken and Andrew have played key roles in that transformation process.

“Thanks to Andrew’s leadership, Manchester Airport is enjoying a period of sustained growth and Ken will ensure that we maintain a sharp focus on providing passengers and airlines with the level of service that is rightly expected of us, while at the same time expanding the range of routes available from the airport.

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“These appointments will enable the airport to continue to flourish and help drive economic growth across the North, and support the development of the Group as a leading airport services company.”
Ken O’Toole, Managing Director of Manchester Airport, said: “I’m delighted to be taking on the role managing drector at Manchester Airport at such an exciting time.

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"Over the last few years we’ve seen phenomenal growth, and I look forward to taking the airport back above its record peak.
“As the region’s global gateway, we can support the needs of the 22 million people that live within two hours of the airport and I’m looking forward to delivering further improvements to the services we offer, both in terms of the quality of our facilities and the range of destinations available from the region.”

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Old March 31st, 2015, 02:37 PM   #224
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Hook up Hull to Manchester Airport: Pressure mounts for frequent rail link...

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EAST Yorkshire's leaders are today calling for a frequent, direct rail link from Hull to Manchester Airport, boosting travel times for thousands of commuters and tourists.

It would give the northern economy a £5.3m boost, bosses at Hull and East Riding councils say.

They would also like to see two services an hour between the cities, instead of one, and a train to Leeds every 30 minutes.

Three companies are bidding to take over TransPennine services and the councils want them to promise they will introduce the route.

Councillor Martin Mancey, Hull's transport portfolio holder, said: "We see Hull as part of the so-called northern powerhouse.

"We've already demonstrated we're an increasingly important region.

"There are numerous economic developments taking place and they're just the beginning, not the end."

The TransPennine rail franchise is now up for renewal, with FirstGroup, Stagecoach and Govia – a joint venture between a British company and a French firm – shortlisted to take it on.

The bid winner will be announced in December and services will begin next spring.

Hull City Council lobbied the Government hard, insisting the new services should be a requirement for whoever takes over.

However, the winning bidder will only have to promise to maintain existing routes.

These include one service an hour from Hull to Leeds, and one an hour to Manchester Piccadilly. One early-morning service runs direct to Manchester Airport from Monday to Saturday. However, the council does not believe this is good enough.

As the green energy revolution takes off in the Humber region, Hull will hope to see increasing numbers of international visitors.

German energy giant Siemens is moving into a £310m offshore wind turbine facility in Alexandra Dock, east Hull.

Korean firm CS Wind has also committed to building a turbine tower factory in the region, creating another 200 jobs.

Both businesses are likely to need easy airport access and there could be more to follow.

Cllr Mancey said: "There are lots of companies that could find this region very effective to invest in.

"But if they can't even get here, it doesn't fit with this whole northern powerhouse connectivity agenda.

"We have written to the bidders for the TransPennine franchise suggesting they should include additional provisions in their tender."

The letter, written jointly by Hull and East Riding council chief executives Darryl Stephenson and Nigel Pearson, highlights a range of businesses that would benefit from the new service.

They include RB, formerly known as Reckitt Benckiser, one of Britain's biggest companies.

It is investing £100m in a world-leading consumer health research centre and will be bringing scientific talent to Hull from across the world.

Saltend Chemicals Park is also mentioned, a long-established facility that has seen more than £500m of investment in the past five years.

Both of these are global concerns with a high number of business visitors from outside the UK.

Improved rail services would also benefit Hull when it becomes UK City of Culture in 2017.

More than 1.2 million people visited Derry-Londonderry, in Northern Ireland, when it held the title in 2013.

An East Riding Council report suggests running twice-hourly services to Manchester, with some airport stops, would "bring benefits of around £5.3m" each year.

Cllr Mancey said: "Until whoever wins the TransPennine franchise starts running trains to Manchester Airport, no one is going to know exactly what the level of utilisation will be.

"But to not provide that service is directly contrary to the whole project of linking northern cities.

"It's important we lobby these companies to make sure they are fully aware of the potential increase in visitor numbers and train users."

The push for better connections takes place against a backdrop of efforts to revive the northern economy.

A Transport for the North report was revealed last week, detailing a multi-billion- pound plan to speed up journey times between cities.

An accompanying government announcement suggested journey times from Hull to Leeds could be cut to 28 minutes at a cost of between £5.5bn and £9bn.

The councils' proposal to run two trains an hour between the cities would be much cheaper.

Although it would still take 55 minutes to travel between the two cities, it would significantly reduce the amount of time spent waiting for trains.

Cllr Mancey said the region was determined to continue pushing for the improvements. He said: "We need to make sure, once we've got a new Government, we keep the wheels turning.

"Hull is the northern gateway to Europe.

"And for a lot of people coming from Europe, Hull is the gateway to the North."

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Old March 31st, 2015, 03:46 PM   #225
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Old April 2nd, 2015, 11:35 AM   #226
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Icelandair to Increase Services...

Icelandair will increase the number of services MAN-KEF for winter 2015/16 to five fights a week, operating;- Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun,

They will also increase services again to six weekly from 18th -30th October.
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Some pics from today of where the new Hilton Park Inn will be located, near Voyager (Commonwealth house) and 4M/The Station.

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Jet parks 1-2 which will soon be offices now appear to be moving to the new jet parks ring way location which is the 9000 space car park near shadowmoss


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Old April 10th, 2015, 09:12 PM   #228
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A Day Of Press Releases...

Manchester Airport cashing in on turbulence at London rivals

Manchester Airport is aiming to rival London’s airports after a record number of passengers passed through its doors last year.

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The UK’s third largest airport dealt with 22.32m people in the last financial year, which represents growth of 7.5 per cent year-on-year and beats the previous record of 22.26m passengers in a 12-month period, set in July 2006.
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Manchester Airport, which is one of only two airports in the UK to boast two full-length runways, is now aiming to surpass 23m passengers by the end of the year.
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In terms of passenger numbers, Manchester is beaten only by Heathrow and Gatwick in the UK, and is ahead of Stansted and Luton.
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With Manchester Airport having spare runway capacity, we can offer those customers and airlines an alternative to travelling via a congested London airport,” said Ken O’Toole, the airport’s managing director.
“We have made great headway to unlock the spare capacity at Man*ch*ester Airport and are in talks with a range of carriers to further capit*alise on the potential we offer in the short- to medium-term while the south east capacity debate evolves.”

O’Toole said the airport had also worked closely with airline partners to “cement and maintain” continued growth, with a new route to Hong Kong added recently, and additional US routes in the pipeline.

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Record-breaking Manchester Airport eyes further growth


Manchester Airport has broken its all-time annual passenger record, with 22.32 million travellers passing through its terminals over the last 12 months. Managing director Ken O'Toole told Insider that the lack of capacity in the South East is likely to remain unresolved for a decade – regardless of the outcome of the Airports Commission's final report – presenting a major opportunity for further growth at Manchester.

The latest statistics released by Manchester Airport show passenger numbers increased 7.5 per cent to 22.32 million in the year to 31 March 2015, compared with a year earlier. The figure is the most in its 77-year history, beating the previous 12 month record set in July 2006 of 22.26 million.

Ken O'Toole, who took over as managing director last month after stepping up from the role of chief commercial officer at Manchester Airports Group, said the growth was gratifying as it is not reliant on one particular carrier or segment. The airport has 40 per cent low-cost carriers, 40 per cent full-service carriers and 20 per cent charter carriers.

"If you look around Europe you'll probably struggle to find another airport with such a quality and mix of traffic. That means Manchester Airport can meet the needs of a whole range of travellers and it's something we're very proud of," he added.

Recent long-haul growth out of Manchester includes Cathay Pacific adding a service to Hong Kong, which makes the city the only airport outside of London with a direct, non-stop service to China. Capacity has also been increased on the route to Atlanta, with Delta also adding a new service to New York JFK from May.

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Manchester has also been pushing hard in recent months to establish a direct link to mainland China and Insider understands a service to Beijing could be agreed before the end of the year
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Manchester Seeks Beijing, Mumbai Flights as 9-Year Record Falls


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Manchester Airport is targeting direct flights to Beijing, Mumbai and Bangkok after its passenger tally reached an all-time high of 22.3 million in the 12 months through March
, beating a record that stood for nine years after the financial slump clipped growth.

Britain’s No. 3 air hub -- the busiest outside London -- is also targeting more U.S. services and an increase in daily frequencies provided by Ryanair Holdings Plc and other discount carriers, Managing Director Ken O’Toole said in an interview.

Manchester’s operations have been transformed since the previous passenger record was set in the 12 months through July 2006, with full-service and low-cost airlines now each accounting for about 40 percent of traffic and once prevalent charter flights reduced to 20 percent of the total. Gulf and Asian carriers account for a large chunk of long-haul flights, making up for a loss of custom from British Airways, which has reduced its presence to a London shuttle service.

Carriers operating westbound flights include Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. and its part-owner Delta Air Lines Inc., which commences a service to New York JFK in May.

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Other prospective operators of North American services include WestJet Airlines Ltd., Canada’s second-biggest carrier, which is adding Boeing Co. 767s to provide more trans-Atlantic capacity, and Boeing 787 operator Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, O’Toole said. Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston are among destinations that Manchester would like to see added, he said.
Fresh Look

While all U.K. airports suffered a slump in demand during the recession, Manchester endured a more protracted decline that persisted until 2011 and was only reversed following a rethink by a new management team, O’Toole said.

“We reviewed the strategy, our positioning, the catchment area and the characteristics of the market,” the executive said. The new passenger record represents annual growth of 7.5 percent and the scope for expansion remains huge at what is Britain’s only two-runway airport alongside Heathrow, with a notional capacity of 55 million passengers a year, he added.

With BA ending its last long-haul services from Manchester in 2008 to focus on its Heathow base and holiday flights from Gatwick, unlike most of Europe’s other top hubs the north-English airport has had no major incumbent to lead growth.

Manchester’s top carriers today are discounters Ryanair, EasyJet Plc and Jet2, regional specialist Flybe Group Plc and tour operators TUI AG and Thomas Cook Group Plc, O’Toole said. Among full-service airlines, most major European operators are present, while three daily Emirates flights, two using Airbus A380 superjumbos, account for 17 percent of long-haul capacity.

An analysis of short-haul routes has shown that there are no potential markets that lack flights, putting the emphasis on increasing frequencies and attracting new operator’s such as IAG SA’s Iberia Express arm, which is commencing services.

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The airport already has more routes than London Gatwick, with recently added flights including a four-times-weekly service to Hong Kong operated by Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. Gatwick is ahead by passengers, with 38.1 million last year.
Manchester Airport Group also owns London Stansted, a Ryanair base, which lured almost 20 million passengers in 2014.

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And On Twitter...

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So to every single one of our record 22.32m passengers who flew through @manairport last year, thank you for continuing to #FlyManchester


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MAN Stats...

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Stats are out. CAA Provisional put MAN at 22,303,307 for the FY.

9.7% growth in month with a rolling growth of 7.4%. Some of this will be down to Easter falling earlier than last year.

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Isolating this out from the stats

EK 78,859 + 12% 424 pax average.

IN terms of load factors, here is what I make it:

Worst case: daily 442 seat 77W + 2 daily 519 seat A380. 85.94% loads.
Best case : daily 360 seat 77W + 3 daily 489 seat A380. 95.06% loads.

This despite having the perceived handicap of CX now offering non-stop Hong Kong services; prior to this EK had 38% market share of MAN-xxx-HKG according to CAPA. Time for other airlines who believe they are similarly affected by EK offering 1 stop strategies to their own hubs to re-evaulate their positions

In the meantime, a few more months like that and it's 3rd A380 time!
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Really does depend on how ambitious they are in further ramping up the service.

Going all A380 gains around 150 seats each way if we say the 3 class 77W is operating on EK21 but loses out on cargo.... so SkyCargo may become slightly more realistic.

Adding EK23/24 with a 77W means 360 more seats each way, more cargo availability and the prospect of clawing back the cargo being trucked to NCL and BHX.


Not beyond the realms of possibility that around 2019/2020 both will be in existence.
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Thomas Cook Airlines (TCX) Summer 2016 flying programme...

TCX have recently released their S2016 flying programme, which will see increases in several Longhaul routes, details to follow
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More MAN-JFK Choice....

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MAN-Aruba (AUA) Announced...

Thomson Airways have announced a weekly Summer 2016 departure to the above, operated by B787, flights go on sales April 23rd.
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New routes from Manchester set for take-off...

REGIONAL airline Flybe’s new services to Bournemouth and Bergerac in France from Manchester Airport are set for launch.Its double daily service to Bournemouth – targeted at holiday and business travellers - starts on May 18.In addition, Flybe's new peak seasonal Saturday service for Bergerac,the Dordogne town famed for its wine production and cultural offerings, will be launched in July and operate through to September.This will be the first summer of the airline’s twice daily flights to Amsterdam, and French regi...

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"Renold signs up for 10 years at Trident park" MAN...

INTERNATIONAL engineering group Renold has signed a 10-year lease for space at the Trident business park at Manchester Airport.The deal is Property Alliance Group's second letting to Renold and is for the first floor of Building 2, taking 10,000sq ft at £15.50 per sq ft. Renold will move from its current location in a building adjacent to the Trident park.Alliance purchased the complex at the end of January and Russells Construction is currently on-site carying out a comprehensive refurbishment of the office space.Trident now..

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"New BBQ concept opens at Manchester Airport"...

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A new restaurant concept has opened at Manchester Airport combining BBQ food with a classic German beer hall look and inspired by Manchester’s industrial past.

Named after the famous spinning machine that changed the textile industry in the 19th century, The Spinning Jenny’s Brew House is part of SSP UK.

CEO of SSP UK and Ireland, Simon Smith, said: “We have enjoyed a successful working relationship with the team at Manchester Airport for over 20 years, and we’re delighted to be continuing this partnership with the opening of this outstanding new concept.

“In the time we’ve been operating here, the needs of the passenger at Manchester have evolved considerably.

“The Spinning Jenny’s Brew House has been designed to reflect the very latest trends in modern casual dining and will give customers an inspired and exciting new location in which to relax before their flight
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"Pace picks up at £800m Airport City scheme"...

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Chinese IT and e-commerce firms showing strong interest in Airport City, says executive director of BCEGI Construction UK Wang Weibo

Airport City Manchester is progressing rapidly, according to Wang Weibo.

Mr Weibo, the executive director of BCEGI Construction UK, a subsidary of Beijing Construction Engineering Group, which is a 20 per cent joint equity partner in Airport City, updated property bosses on the £800million scheme during an event in Manchester.

He paid tribute to Manchester, labelling it ‘a city of firsts with a good quality of life and cultural offer, strong creative and digital sectors, good health care, life sciences, energy, nuclear power and financial and professional services as well as being the home of Graphene and the BBC’.

Mr Weibo said: “Airport City is progressing rapidly since the announcement with George Osborne of the joint venture partnership in 2013 including Manchester Airports Group and Argent.

"We have recently done an Airport City Manchester roadshow in four cities in China and there is strong interest, paticularly from IT and e-commerce companies to setup a base in Manchester.

“We believe Airport City is for various businesses, not just the big ones.”


DHL are operational at Airport City.

Mr Weibo says 11,400 new jobs will be created on the 160 acre site, and that the development will take 10-15 years to complete.

He was speaking on behalf of CEGI Construction UK, a joint equity partner in Airport City, at pro-manchester’s Property and regeneration Sector group event ‘Overseas Investment in Manchester’ at Lambert Smith Hampton Spinningfields office.

Stephen Chalcraft, chair of the property sector group and a Slater and Gordon partner, said Manchester ‘needs a strong international reputation, that extends beyond its two football teams, if it is going to succeed in continuing to attract overseas investment’.

“The key issues here are a good skills base and an organised public sector which acts as the catalyst for things to happen,” he said.

“A city like Manchester, if it’s going to succeed, needs the wow factor.

“The young workforce demand something different now. For cities to be successful they need to encourage dynamic housing where people live work and play.”

“Compared to London’s £80bn of cross border investment in 2014, Manchester had £2.7bn of cross border investment.”
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Forget Heathrow and Gatwick: Top 10 great flight deals from Manchester and Edinburgh...

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1) Explore Miami with Thomas Cook Airlines. Starting this Sunday, May 3, Manchester becomes the only airport outside of London to offer a direct service as the inaugural flight takes off.

2) The Big Apple – so good that two airlines already fly direct from Manchester to New York, thanks to American Airlines and United Airlines. This Saturday sees two more services as Thomas Cook Airlines launch a service to JFK and Delta bring an extra service to New York too from May 22.

3) It’s the home of Coco-cola and now Atlanta in Georgia has a direct flight from Manchester with Virgin Atlantic, who took over the service from Delta, increasing capacity on the popular US city.

4) Connecting Manchester to the Far East, Cathay Pacific made Manchester the only airport outside of London with a direct service to China by launching a four weekly service to Hong Kong. The route has proved popular since starting in December.

5) Thomson will be starting flights to the Caribbean island of Aruba from 2016 and would be using a Dreamliner on the route.
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"MAN power"...

Ken O’Toole, the recently appointed Managing Director of Manchester Airport, explained to Amy Hanna that exponentially growing passenger numbers and a flourishing destination network are just the beginning to MAN’s story of success.

As the biggest and busiest airport outside of London, Manchester Airport’s is a pivotal position in the air transport infrastructure of the UK. One of only two airports in the country to operate two runways – and with a network of airline partners and routes characterised by its depth and diversity – MAN has well established its post as an indispensable global gateway to the UK.
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The airport is presently enjoying a period of sustained success, and unprecedented growth over the last four years has seen passenger numbers rise exponentially to 22.3 million in 2015 – surpassing records set at its throughput peak in 2006.
Manchester Airports Group – which also operates Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports – too has made remarkable progress in recent years; and is now a fast-growing airport services group with enormously strong prospects and a wealth of potential. As Chief Commercial Officer – a role he held since 2012, Ken O’Toole has been in the vanguard of the Group’s growth, and his recent appointment in March to the new role of Managing Director of MAN will see him pioneer the continued prosperity of the gateway to the north of England – an achievement he aims to underscore by leading the airport to surpass 23 million passengers in the not too distant future.

“Whilst the debate over South East capacity continues – with all of the associated uncertainty as to when, or if, increased capacity will become available – it’s my intention to ensure Manchester continues to develop as a thriving international hub providing new direct services for the benefit of UK plc,” O’Toole established. “Customers do not have to fly through a London airport to reach their final destination, and as we grow frequencies and new routes at Manchester, we’re confident the numbers of people using Manchester Airport – which demonstrated 7.5% growth in the 12 months to March 2015 compared to the 4.5% UK average – will see our national importance increase further.”

Prior to joining M.A.G, O’Toole spent six years with Ryanair – initially exercising his experience as a qualified chartered accountant as Head of Revenue Management, before moving into the role of Director of New Route Development. “Having personally worked for an airline – as have many of my key senior management team – we have a strong and clear understanding of their needs, which is not always the case with airports,” he emphasised. The airport maintains strong and mutually supportive relationships with the 70 carriers that already fly from Manchester – something reflected in the expansion of its route network in the last few years.
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Many airlines have added new services and more capacity on existing routes – Saudia to Jeddah, Vueling Airlines to Barcelona, and Iraqi Airways to Erbil and Sulaymaniyah all serving as valuable examples. Emirates, Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways too have all increased their frequencies, Thomas Cook will begin a new direct service to Miami in May, and the new Cathay Pacific service to Hong Kong – which makes Manchester the only airport outside of London to offer a direct route to China – is already performing impressively.

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