Manchester Airport reported 1.7 million passengers in February 2023, meaning traffic was back to 93% of 2019. The number was an increase of half a million on the same month in 2022 and suggested the airport was in for a “strong summer season” with “far-flung destinations” such as  Barbados, Istanbul, Sharm-El-Sheikh and Doha proving increasingly popular with travellers from the north-west of England. The most popular destination in February was Dubai, followed by Dublin, Amsterdam, Tenerife and Paris. But despite the increasing interest in long-haul flights, low-cost carriers “had a particularly strong month” with 865,000 passengers in February, 99% of

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