Football tourism boost for Manchester Airport
Mon, 18 Aug, 2008
A study of fans travelling through Manchester Airport has highlighted the financial boost to the regional economy generated by the Uefa Cup Final in Manchester on May 14th.
Fans flew to Manchester from as many as 11 countries on four continents. In fact, 99 per cent of Russian Zenit St Petersburg fans flew into the city, with extra flights laid on to meet the demand.
Over half of St Petersburg fans said they chose to fly to Manchester due to the speed, while nine per cent said air travel was their only option.
Andrew Cornish, managing director of Manchester Airport, said that as the country enters an economic downturn, May's football tourism was a "timely boost"
"This study also demonstrates the extent to which international football relies upon aviation giving the public the chance to follow their teams across the world," he stated.
The study also found that around 25,000 Manchester United FC fans flew out to Moscow to see their team battle it out with Chelsea in the Uefa Champions League Final in May.
Budget airline easyJet recently announced that it will fly from Manchester to Sofia this winter.
The thrice-weekly service to the Bulgarian capital will take off for the first time on December 11th, with one-way tickets available from £33.99.