Manchester airport saw August passenger numbers rise by more than 7% to 2.3 million over the same month last year.

The increase marks the airport’s 15th consecutive month of year-on-year growth, with performance attributed to a rise in international scheduled traffic at 14% higher than August 2012.

The top five foreign destinations were Palma, Amsterdam, Dubai, Alicante and Dalaman.

New routes which have helped boost summer traffic include an easyJet service to Moscow and Norwegian’s flights to Stavanger.

The moving annual total for passenger numbers at Manchester airport is now 20.3 million passengers.

Manchester’s winter programme includes Thomas Cook Airlines adding long-haul services to St Lucia, Antigua and Barbados from November. Emirates is also temporarily increasing capacity by deploying another Airbus A380 for 10 days on two of its three daily services to Dubai.

Ken O’Toole, chief commercial officer for parent company Manchester Airports Group, said: “We’ve had our best summer in over five years and we are delighted to see passenger numbers continuing to rise at Manchester.

“We have put our focus on attracting a multitude of new routes as well as increasing services on the ever popular destinations.

“We have reaped the rewards from our successful ‘Fly Manchester’ campaign since its launch in February and we are now into our fourth phase which has seen us move into Staffordshire and West Midlands to remind our larger catchment area of our ever growing services.”