Updated: Saturday, 16th November 2019 @ 10:52pm

Manchester Airport braces itself for 300,000, as commuters face traffic misery in school holiday getaway

Manchester Airport braces itself for 300,000, as commuters face traffic misery in school holiday getaway

By Mancunian Matters staff

Manchester Airport is bracing itself for the start of the school holidays, as almost 300,000 are predicted to use the hub to fly abroad this weekend.

Travel organisation Abta predicted it to be one of the busiest of the year, as it coincides with thousands arriving for the Olympics, and 297,000 are expected to use the airport this weekend.

Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer said: “Eurozone destinations are proving popular with holidaymakers looking to take advantage of the pound's strengthening against the euro, coupled with the fact that many bars and restaurants have lowered their prices.”

And travel chaos may not be limited to those flying abroad – as the AA is warning that major road routes are likely to see jams from mid-afternoon.

Among those likely to be busiest is the M6 around Cheshire and Lancashire – meaning Manchester commuters may face a slow start to their getaway.

Commuter Dereck Humphreys, from Altrincham, said: “I’m dreading the start of this trip. I have a week away with the family in the lakes but have no idea how long it may take to get there!”

Manchester Airport has seen a whole year of continuous growth, and with numerous new routes added it has cemented itself as the country’s third largest – behind Heathrow and Gatwick.

Last week, Jet2holidays launched new package summer holiday destinations from Manchester to Zante and Montenegro.

And earlier this year EasyJet unveiled the first flight route between Manchester and Tel Aviv in Israel.

Passenger numbers are expected to rise to over 19million using Manchester Airport this year, rising from 17.7million in 2010 and 18.8million in 2011.

Around two million people are predicted to be heading abroad nationally.

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