Manchester airport expects to handle 100,000 Euros football fans

More than 100,000 football fans are expected to fly between Manchester and Germany over the next three weeks for Euro 2024.

Supporters of both England and Scotland are set to take advantage of the airport’s links to Germany, with the tournament kicking off on Friday.

Manchester airport is the only one in the UK outside London with direct flights to every city that could host an England game.

Passengers travelling to the tournament will contribute to another busy month after the northwest hub reported its busiest May on record, continuing a record-breaking run going back to October 2023.

Almost 2.8 million passengers were handled last month, with Majorca the top destination followed by Amsterdam, Dublin, Dubai and Alicante.

It was the first time this year that the Balearic island has been the most popular on the airport’s network, indicating the start of the summer season with many families flying out during school half term.

Manchester airport managing director Chris Woodroofe said: “Football fever has well and truly arrived here at Manchester airport. 

“We’ve already started to see fans heading out to Germany to take in the spectacle, whether they’re looking for England to put an end to all those years of hurt or Scotland to lift a first ever international trophy.

“More than 100,000 passengers will fly between Manchester and Germany over the next three weeks – and I’m backing both England and Scotland to do well so that will only increase as we get to the knockout stages. 

“In May we had yet another record-breaking month with 2.8 million passengers using the airport. Almost every one of them waited for less than 15 minutes to get to security and 77% of them waited for less than five minutes.     

“We’ve got plenty of staff in place over the duration of the tournament and beyond, meaning we’ll continue that level of service and whether people are travelling to Germany or to any of the other 200 destinations we serve, they’ll be able to start their holidays here at the airport.”

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