Lufthansa is celebrating 60 years of flights from Manchester by announcing a four percent rise in passenger numbers compared to the same period last year.
The figures were revealed by Christian Schindler, Lufthansa Group regional director for the UK & Ireland, when he visited Manchester to join in the diamond anniversary celebrations.
“This continued growth confirms the hub airlines in the Lufthansa Group (Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian and Brussels Airlines) continue to be among the leading carriers at Manchester,” said Schindler. “We are on target to hit the one million passengers a year mark at Manchester for 2016.
“The inaugural service started from Hamburg and then called at Düsseldorf on its way to Manchester. On leaving Manchester the Lockheed L-1049 G Super Constellation aircraft then crossed the Atlantic to Montreal and finally continued on to Chicago. Bert Trautmann, Manchester City’s German goalkeeper at the time, cut the ribbon just days before his heroic performance in the FA cup final where he played the later part of the match with a broken neck.”