Manchester Airport announces £107m dividend windfall for councils

Plane at Manchester Airport Image copyright Manchester Airport: Hufton+Crow
Image caption Manchester City Council's coffers will be boosted to the tune of £59m

Greater Manchester's local authorities are to share a £107m windfall from Manchester Airports Group (MAG).

The group, which also runs Stansted and East Midlands airports, is nearly two-thirds owned by the 10 councils.

Manchester City Council will get a dividend of almost £59m ($77m) while the nine other will each receive £5.4m.

Manchester Airport chief executive Andrew Cowan said the increase of 18% on last year's pay out was helped by a 6.5% increase in passenger numbers.

A total of 27.9m passengers used Manchester Airport between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018, compared with 26.2m in the previous 12 months.

Mr Cowan said the airport was investing £1bn to further increase passenger capacity.

Manchester City Council owns 35.5% of MAG while the other nine Greater Manchester councils collectively hold a 29% stake.

The remainder is owned by independent investors.

More than 70 airlines operate from Manchester, flying to 220 destinations.

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