As the last financial year comes to a close, the UK’s third biggest airport, Manchester, unveils the most popular long-haul routes chosen by its 27.8m passengers across its extensive catchment area.

With 22m people in its catchment that spans north to Scotland, south to the Midlands, west to Merseyside and Wales, and east To Yorkshire, the data released today highlights how the global gateway connects millions of people to a wealth of economic hubs and tourist destinations.

Orlando marks the most popular destination by far across the entire catchment area with more than 500,000 passengers each year, but Scotland has an interesting set of routes its inhabitants jet off to each year. For example, Houston is a top destination in Scotland due to the oil and gas links,

Other top destinations from Manchester for Scottish passengers include Orlando, Punta Cana, Cancun, New York, Barbados, Varadera, Jamaica and Sal Island with Thomas Cook operating many of these routes.