A RECORD 27 million people passed through Manchester Airport over the past 12 months, new figures have revealed.

The UK’s third largest airport, now in its 79th year, saw growth as a result of a number of new routes, including Thomas Cook services to San Francisco and Boston.

More than 2.75 million passengers flew in and out of the airport in June alone, an increase of nine per cent on 12 months previous.

Collette Roche, acting managing director for Manchester Airport, said: “Passing 27 million passengers is another significant milestone for the airport.

“The last 12 months has seen a host of new long haul routes and as we move into the busy summer season we’re looking forward to welcoming even more passengers through our terminals.

“Our continued growth of passengers and destinations clearly highlights the role we play in UK aviation and as the global entry and exit point of the Northern Powerhouse.

“This is further reinforced by the strong financial results issued today by MAG.”

Due to the extra demand over the past year, aircraft movements were 11 per cent, with more than 200,000 planes taking off and landing on the airport’s two runways.

Cargo also saw a boost with just shy of 11,000 tonnes carried.

On a financial front, MAG has seen a sixth consecutive year of growth.