Manchester Airports Group (MAG) today said it is confident of a strong recovery in 2022 after Omicron restrictions on travel were removed last week.

Before temporary restrictions were introduced in November and December, MAG airports were seeing a stronger recovery than other UK airports. According to data from November, the Group was serving around 60% of pre-pandemic traffic, with London Stansted recovering at the fastest rate overall.

However, figures for December released today showed that overall traffic was down by 54.8% compared to the same month in 2019, as a result of testing requirements put in place in response to the Omicron variant. This meant traffic fell by around 30% month-on-month due to the increased cost and uncertainty created by the restrictions.

Despite this, the Group – which owns Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports – has seen bookings surge in the days following the news that pre-departure and Day 2 PCR testing would be removed.

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