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Manchester Airport has reported its busiest ever August, with more than 3.1 million passengers making use of the facilities during the month.

The record August pushes the airport’s annual rolling total to 27.4 million passengers, which represents a 12 per cent year-on-year increase.

The airport also experienced its busiest ever day on Friday, 25 August 2017 when more than 112,000 passengers went through the three terminals.

The airport also unveiled the first part of its £1bn transformation programme as the summer holiday season came to an end. Some passengers passing through Terminal Two will now use a new temporary gate lounge, allowing the west half of Terminal Two to be completely demolished and rebuilt while the airfield remains in full operation.

The new terminal building is expected to be operational by 2019.

Andrew Cowan, Manchester Airport chief executive, said: “The summer is always the busiest time of year for us and this year we’ve seen another strong month of growth. As well as the usual sunshine routes, we’ve also seen growth to the USA, Middle East and Far East.

“August was also a hugely significant month for our £1bn transformation programme. The opening of the new gating lounge is the first major milestone for the project and passengers will now start to see the demolition of the west side of Terminal Two during the coming weeks and months.

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