- Airlines & Destinations
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- Airport sevices
Manchester Airport (IATA: MAN) is one of the busiest and largest airports in Europe. The airport is located in the south of Manchester, in the North West of England and is an excellent gateway to the north of the United Kingdom.
In 2016, it was the third busiest airport in the United Kingdom in terms of passenger numbers. The airport comprises three terminals, a goods terminal and is the only airport in the UK other than London's Heathrow Airport to operate two runways over 3,280 yd (2,999 m) in length. Manchester Airport covers an area of 560 hectares (1,400 acres) and has flights to 199 destinations, placing the airport thirteenth globally for total destinations served.
With a history dating back to before the Second World War, Manchester (previously [and still occasionally!] known as 'Ringway') bears testament to many architectural 'styles'. In some places, the combination of moulded grey plastics and psychedelic carpet patterns makes for a heady 1980s experience, but much of the airport has been renovated and redeveloped.
Manchester Airport has three terminals: Terminals 1 and 2 are linked by a 'Skylink' (neon Tron-style bridge), with 'travellators' to whisk you along and shorten the otherwise 10-15 minute walk. Terminal 3 is linked to Terminal 1 and the Skylink by an (admittedly more mundane) covered walkway. Terminal 1 is the largest at the airport, and handles the majority of European and International flights, along with Terminal 2. The third terminal is used primarily for domestic and Western European flights. The Skylink also connects all terminals to the airport railway station complex, somewhat unimaginatively known as 'The Station'
Airlines & Destinations
Manchester Airport serves the greatest number of destinations of any airport in the United Kingdom and as such, its departure boards offer a wide selection of exotic (and less exotic) places to visit. Indeed, for an airport located outside a nation's capital, MAN's intercontinental connections are impressive. The airport is also home to a large number of British charter flight operators, including Thomson, Thomas Cook and Jet2, as well as more prestigious carriers like British Airways (domestic flights only), Emirates, Etihad and Lufthansa.
Terminal 1 — Chartered and scheduled flights across Europe and the rest of the world operated by airlines including: EasyJet, Jet2, Small Planet Airlines, Thomas Cook, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss, and Turkish Airlines.
Terminal 2 — Chartered and scheduled flights to mainly international destinations, but also some European ones. Airlines include: Monarch, Thomson Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air Malta, Qatar Airways, Tunisair, and United Airlines.
Terminal 3 — Scheduled domestic, European and some intercontinental flights. Operators include: Flybe, Ryanair, Air France, American Airlines, British Airways, BMI Regional, Brussels Airlines, and KLM.
Departing from Manchester Airport is a simple business with relatively little hassle in comparison to other large airports. Terminals 1 and 2 have been renovated: their security areas create less hassle when being checked.
Located fairly centrally within the United Kingdom, Manchester Airport is well situated for transportation to the rest of the country.
Direct trains run from the airport station (reached by the 'Skyway' between terminals 1 and 2) to Manchester Piccadilly and Oxford Road stations; the fare to the city is £4, and the trip takes about 20 minutes. Some of the trains continue to destinations north of Manchester, but most onward destinations require a change at Piccadilly. Trains tail off at about midnight, though the number 43 bus continues throughout the night.
A Metrolink line to the airport has recently opened, on the 3rd of November 2014, that allows travel between the city centre and the airport on the Manchester tram system. It's particularly useful for travel to the south and west of Greater Manchester, but a journey to the city centre will take about an hour, involving around 22 stops and a change of trams at Cornbrook, and an adult single ticket to the Central Zone costs £4.20.
You can also catch a coach/bus to Manchester Central Coach station.
|Bus and coach services calling at Manchester Airport (Places in bold are where services terminate)|
|18||Arriva North West||The Trafford Centre via Wythenshawe, Sale and Stretford||D|
|Altrincham via Hale||K|
|19||Arriva North West||Altrincham via Wythenshawe, Sale and Ashton-upon-Mersey||G|
|43||Stagecoach Manchester||Manchester Piccadilly via Wythenshawe, Northenden, West Didsbury, Withington and Fallowfield||E|
|44||Hayton's Coaches||Manchester Piccadilly via Gatley, Cheadle, East Didsbury, Withington and Fallowfield||D|
|Manchester Airport Cargo Centre||K|
|105||Stagecoach Manchester||Manchester Piccadilly via Wythenshawe, Northenden, Southern Cemetery and Moss Side||F|
|199||Trent Barton||Buxton via Stockport, Hazel Grove and Chapel-en-le-Frith||J|
|200||Swan's Travel||Wilmslow via Styal||H|
|Manchester Airport Viewing Park||J|
|369||Stagecoach Manchester||Stockport via Wythenshawe, Heald Green, Cheadle Hulme and Adswood||H|
|X69||Stagecoach Manchester||Stockport via Heald Green, Cheadle Hulme and Adswood (one late night journey only)||H|
|060||National Express||Liverpool via M62 motorway||B|
|Leeds via Manchester and Bradford (some)||C|
|325||National Express||Birmingham via Stoke-on-Trent and Wolverhampton||A|
|Manchester Chorlton Street Coach Station||C|
|328||National Express||Plymouth via Wolverhampton, Birmingham and Bristol||A|
|Rochdale via Manchester and Oldham||C|
|333||National Express||Bournemouth via Stoke-on-Trent and Bristol||A|
|Blackpool via Manchester, Bolton and Preston||B|
|336||National Express||Penzance via Stoke-on-Trent and Bristol||A|
|Edinburgh via Preston, Lancaster and Glasgow||B|
|341||National Express||Birmingham via Wolverhampton||A|
|Burnley via Manchester, Bolton and Blackburn||B|
|Clacton via Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester and Ipswich||C|
|380||National Express||Bangor via Liverpool||B|
|Newcastle upon Tyne via Manchester, Oldham (some), Bradford (some), Leeds, York and Middlesbrough||C|
|Newcastle upon Tyne via Manchester, Oldham, Bradford and Leeds||C|
|383||National Express||Edinburgh via Manchester, Oldham, Bradford, Leeds and Newcastle upon Tyne||C|
|422||National Express||London Victoria Coach Station via Birmingham||A|
|Burnley via Manchester, Bolton and Blackburn||B|
|538||National Express||Coventry via Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton and Birmingham||A|
|Inverness via Manchester, Preston, Glasgow and Aberdeen||B|
|540||National Express||London Victoria Coach Station via M6 motorway||A|
|Colne via Bolton, Blackburn and Burnley||B|
|880||Eurolines||Dublin via Liverpool and Holyhead||B|
The airport is a 20-minute drive from Manchester city centre and is reached by the M56 motorway, with a dedicated approach road from the motorway at junction 5. The M56 is the main route used by traffic to reach the airport. There are also minor local roads serving the airport from the north (Wythenshawe) and the east (Heald Green). Taxis are available from outside each terminal, costing about £15 and taking about 30-45 minutes to reach the city centre.
|Address||On/Off Airport||Distance / Transfer Time||Security||Additional Information|
|Long Stay Parking (T1-3)||Manchester Airport,|
|On||0.5 miles/ 800 metres/ 5 minutes||Security lighting and fencing, entry/exit barriers and 24-hour security patrols.||Maximum vehicle height of 2.2 metres. Trailers are not permitted.|
|Long Stay Parking (T2)||Manchester Airport,|
|On||0.5 miles / 800 metres/ 5 minutes||Security lighting, perimeter fencing, entry/exit barriers and 24-hour security patrols.||Maximum vehicle height of 2.2 metres. Trailers are not permitted.|
|Short Stay Parking (All terminals)||Manchester Airport,|
|On||.2 miles / 300 metres/ Walking distance||CCTV, entry/exit barriers and regular security patrols.||Maximum vehicle height is 2 metres. Trailers are not permitted.|
|Multi-Storey Parking (All terminals)||Manchester Airport Terminals 1-3,|
|On||.2 miles / 300 metres/ Walking distance||CCTV, entry/exit barriers and regular security patrols.||Maximum vehicle height of 2 metres. Trailers are not permitted.|
|Meteor Meet & Greet Parking||Car park does not disclose address for security reasons.||On||Customer is met at terminal. No transfer required.||CCTV, security lighting, 1.8 m security fencing and regular security patrols.||Meteor drivers are comprehensively insured to drive customers' cars.|
|Airparks Handforth Dean Parking||Car park does not disclose address for security reasons.||Off||4 miles / 6 km / 15 min transfer||CCTV, security lighting, security fencing and regular security patrols.||No trailers are allowed.|
|Airparks Manchester Ringway||Isherwood Road,Carrington, Wilmslow, Manchester, M31 4RA||Off||4 miles / 6km / 15mins transfer||CCTV, security fencing and regular security patrols.||No trailers are allowed. Maximum vehicle height of 2.10m|
|Manchester Shuttle Park||Styal Road, Manchester, M90 1QX||Off||3 miles / 5 km/ 10mins transfer||CCTV, security fencing and regular security patrols.||No trailers are allowed.|
|APH Manchester||Bradnor Road, Sharston Industrial Area, Manchester, M22 4TE||Off||5mins transfer||CCTV, Barrier controlled entrance and exit system, Breaker Beams, 24 hour security patrols, Park Mark Safer Parking Award.||2.4 metre height restriction. No trailers are allowed.|
|Looking4Parking||Car park does not disclose address for security reasons.||Off||Customer is met at terminal. No transfer required.||CCTV, security fencing and 24-hour on-site security.||No|
This is a large airport, but by no means on the same scale as Heathrow Airport in London. The distance from check-in to gate is comparatively short and all but the most inconvenient of flights will require less than 15 minutes of walking to reach the appropriate gate. This is especially true in Terminals 1 and 2, which are less convoluted in layout than the smaller but more complicated Terminal 3. All terminals are connected by 'skylinks', and 'travellators' are used across much of the airport to expedite your journey. Buses connect the airport's car parks with the terminal buildings.
Manchester Airport has three passenger terminals (Terminals 1, 2 and 3). Terminals 1 and 2 are linked by the skylink, with travelators to aid passengers with the 10–15-minute walk. Terminal 3 is linked to Terminal 1 and the skylink by a covered walkway. The "skylink"also connects the terminals to the airport railway station complex (known as "The Station") and the Radisson BLU Hotel. The Skylink started construction in 1996 and opened 1997.
Terminal 1 is used by airlines with scheduled and charter operations, flying to European and other worldwide destinations. It is the largest terminal at the airport. It was opened in 1962, by Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and it is a base for EasyJet, Jet2and Thomas Cook. Some other airlines that fly out of Terminal 1 include Aer Lingus, Air Transat, Brussels Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Swiss, TAP Portugal and Turkish Airlines. Terminal 1 is spread over an area of 110,000 m2 (1,200,000 sq ft).
The terminal has 2 Piers of which combined have 29 stands, of which 15 have air bridges and is the largest of the three terminals. Gate 12 was specially adapted to accommodate the Airbus A380 which is operated by Emirates on their route three times per day from Dubaito Manchester. Terminal 1's current capacity is around 11 million passengers a year, compared with an annual capacity of 2.5 million passengers when it first opened.
In the Summer of 2009, a £50 million redevelopment programme for Terminal 1 was completed, which included a new £14 million 14-lane security area. Passenger flow on Terminal 1's gating piers is due to be realigned, with plans to redesign the piers so departures and arrivals do not contraflow on the same level, allowing larger seating areas at the gates, express retail outlets and a dedicated lounge and gating area for future Airbus A380 flights. Currently, Gate 12, Pier B has been upgraded to accommodate the A380, the only gate at the airport that can handle this aircraft so far. An early phase of this has seen the removal of the South Bay remote aircraft stands, constructed in 1962 between taxiways Juliet and Kilo and as a result more recently re-aligning taxiway Juliet into an extended taxiway Bravo.
Terminal 1 will not be included in the 10 Year Airport expansion project and will be closed and demolished by around 2022. However Pier B in Terminal 1 is due to be kept and will be entirely rebuilt.
Terminal 2 is used by a variety of airlines, operating both charter and scheduled flights to many European and worldwide destinations.
Terminal 2 is spread over an area of 52,000 m2 (560,000 sq ft).Terminal 2 has 20 gates, of which 14 have air bridges. The design of the terminal makes it capable of extensive expansion; planning permission already exists for an extension providing additional gates, together with the construction of a satellite pier. Terminal 2's current capacity is around 8 million passengers a year, this will be extended to ultimately handle 25 million passengers a year. In 2007, an £11 million project commenced to redevelop Terminal 2 by improving security facilities and enhancing retail and catering services.
Terminal 2 is due to receive a major extension, to encompass current remote stands to the west. Between twelve and fifteen covered aircraft stands will be made available by this. An air side link for transferring passengers between Terminals 1 and 2 is at the planning stage, designed in an effort to boost Manchester's chances of becoming a major hub airport and minimise missed connections. It was announced in June 2015 that the airport would have an expansion taking 10 years to complete. Terminal 2 will be the most developed, adding new piers to the terminal and also create a larger security hall as well as more outlets. There will also be a connecting hallway to Terminal 3.
Terminal 3 was opened in 1989 by Diana, Princess of Wales as 'Terminal A' and had many names before final re-designation as Terminal 3 in May 1998. The terminal was known in succession as "Terminal A"; "Terminal A – Domestic"; "Terminal 1A" after Terminal 2 opened in 1993; "Terminal 1A – British Airways and Domestic"; "Terminal 3 – British Airways and Domestic" before becoming simply known as Terminal 3. In June 1998, British Airways opened their new £75 million terminal facility designed by Grimshaw Architects, this being a major extension to Terminal 3 and became the primary user of the terminal along with codeshare partner airlines (Oneworld Alliance). Terminal 3 now spreads over an area of 44,400 m2(478,000 sq ft).
Coffee & Restaurants
All the terminals at Manchester Airport are well-equipped to suit all tastes and provide a range of culinary 'experiences'.
Terminal 1 is home to a variety of eateries, including fast food vendors such as Burger King, table-service restaurants like Giraffe, and coffee shops like Starbucks.
There is a drinking water fountain in Terminal 1 right after the security check before you enter the duty free shopping area, where you can refill your empty water bottles.
Terminal 2 provides a great number of different places to seek refreshment and sate even the largest of appetites: from fast food at yet another Burger King to Italian-American fare at Frankie and Benny's via the caffeine dispensary Caffè Nero for those of you taking early morning flights.
Terminal 3 also caters to a great variety of tastes. Costa Coffee provides a variety of hot beverages and snacks, whilst The Food Village offers quick food for those in a hurry. If you have a little more time on your hands Terminal 3 is also home to Trattoria Milano — an Italian restaurant.
Accommodation & Hotels
There are four hotels located within the airport complex and a others located nearby and in neighbouring Wilmslow and Altrincham.
- Airport Inn Manchester (Next to the runway at Manchester Airport, less than 10 minutes from the terminals), .
- Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester Airport, Chicago Ave, Hale, M90 3RA, , fax: , e-mail: [email protected]. Leisure facilities and meeting rooms. Stunning views in Business Class with direct access to its own station and to Manchester Airport. Wi-Fi is charged for. Restaurant and lavishly equipped health club. £75-250.
- Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport, Ringway Road, Wythenshawe, Hale, M90 3NS(http://www.cpmanchesterairporthotel.co.uk/hotel/locations-and-directions.html), (premium rate number from most mobile phones), e-mail: [email protected]. Located on the Manchester Airport complex, this four-star hotel offers accommodation with easy access to the M56, M60 and M62.
- Clayton Hotel Manchester Airport (formerly: Bewleys Hotel), Outwood Lane, Hale, M90 4HL, , e-mail: [email protected].
- Etrop Grange (Two minutes' drive from the airport), , e-mail: [email protected]. Meals are available at this hotel's bar & grill for an extra charge. A complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport runs from 5AM to 10AM. £90 per night.
Manchester Airport has a wide variety of shopping options for the retail-conscious including the obligatory 'duty-free' shop (only tax-free for flights outside of the European Union!).
Each terminal has a branch of the ubiquitous (at least in airports) Dixons (a consumer electronics retailer), where you can pick up travel adapters and, should you so desire, a 52 inch plasma screen television to take on your flight with you. There is also a branch of the British high-street chemist Boots in each terminal, for last-minute aspirin, travel-adapters and rather nice (and fairly priced) pre-packaged sandwiches. The high-street newsagent WHSmith also maintains a presence in each of Manchester's terminals (to the extent at which one can barely move for branches). Smith's (as it's also known) is the place to grab a newspaper (outrageous British tabloid or more respectable broadsheet), magazine, book or drink, as well as yet more all-important travel adapters.
British clothing retailers also operate from Manchester Airport. Monsoon (Terminals 1 & 2) and Next (Terminal 1) offer popular high-street fashions if you've neglected to bring any clothes, whilst Tie Rack (all terminals) fulfils its brief to the letter, offering neckwear for men and women alike, as well as other accessories.
The airport's official short-stay car parking can be found in the multi-storey car parks adjacent to Terminals 1, 2 and 3. In July 2007 the airport introduced a 'No Waiting' restriction on all access roads surrounding the terminals. The airport forces the public to pay charges to enter short stay "Pick-Up Car Parks" to maximise revenue instead of providing a convenient "Pick-Up Lane" where friends and family could collect passengers conveniently and quickly.
In 2009/2010 Terminal 1's multi-storey car park was refurbished. Each level of the car park is colour-coded. The floor, walls, ceiling and supports have all received a repaint with every parking space having a sensor and green light above it, with empty parking bays indicated by the green light.
Official long-stay on-airport parking from Manchester Airport is located near the terminals and served by a regular courtesy bus. There is one long-stay car park serving Terminals 1 and 3 and a separate dedicated long-stay car park for Terminal 2. In 2009 the airport opened JetParks – two long-stay car parks less than a mile from the terminals. This is a cheaper alternative to the on-site car parks and is served by a 24-hour shuttle bus every 15 minutes. The airport also operates a Shuttle Park for long-stay car parking, which is also served by a regular courtesy bus and is located just off the airport site to the east of Terminal 3. The airport has since augmented these products with a 3rd JetParks car park, JetParks 3. This is located adjacent to Shuttle Parks and as a result, Shuttle Parks was renamed JetParks Plus. Manchester Airport also operates a very large scale valet parking product across all 3 terminals that it has branded as "Meet & Greet".
In 2014 a new, 9000 space car park located underneath the approach to 23R was constructed, the first area of the site opened in the autumn. The remainder of the facility will open in time for summer 2015.
There are several privately operated car parks within a short distance of the airport, served by shuttle bus, as well as several off-site companies operating valet parking services.
Signal on UK mobile networks is normally good within the airport area and payphones are available in each of the airport's terminals.
Wi-Fi is free throughout the airport for up to 30 minutes. A 'premium' service is also available which offers service beyond half-an-hour, as well as faster download speeds, and allows for heavier usage — perfect for watching industrial quantities of YouTube videos before your flight. Prices are £5 for an hour, £10 per day and £30 per month.
Shower facilities are located in Terminal 2, and cost £6.50 per person. Two multi-faith prayer rooms are situated in Terminals 2 and 3. Terminals 1 and 2 offer outdoor air-side smoking areas to comply with the United Kingdom's smoking ban.
Facilities for withdrawing and exchanging money are readily available in each of the terminals. The Raphaels´ Bank cash machine at the airport offers such an appalling conversion rate that, far from being "free of charge" as claimed, you pay exorbitant charges to use it.