Edited from today's Manchester Evening News:
PASSENGER numbers at Manchester Airport were up on the year last month despite the havoc wreaked to services by the terror attacks in the United States.
A total of 63,000 more travellers passed through the terminals than in September last year.
However, the 3.05 per cent growth rate was around half that of previous months this year, indicating times are not as good as they would have been.
Ringway handled 2,111,000 passengers compared with 2,048,000 in September last year.
Charter services enjoyed the biggest rise, by seven per cent from 1,274.000 to 1,191,000, as people took holidays they had booked in advance.
At Manchester, flight cancellations to North America immediately after the New York and Washington outrages caused a fall in long-haul travel.
The number of passengers who flew directly to North America last month fell from 114,885 to 102,154.
Overall, international scheduled passenger figures were only slightly down, from 606,541 to 606,500.
Short-haul European flights enjoyed an upsurge, suggesting people who were planning leisure breaks in the US switched to continental destinations.
On domestic routes, numbers were down by eight per cent from 250,000 to 230,000. Services to London were particularly hit because fewer passengers connected to US-bound flights at Heathrow and Gatwick, and business travel reduced overall. Last year’s figures were high because travellers switched to the air during the fuel crisis.