Manchester Airport Information
Originally named "Ringway Airport", it was opened just before World War II in 1938. Located 8 miles to the south of the city of Manchester it now has fantastic transport links via the M56 motorway, Manchester Airport Railway Station and a newly extended Metrolink tramline. As a result, it has quickly become a busy hub for holidaymakers and business flyers, and been developed to span across three passenger terminals. Manchester is owned and run by MAG (Manchester Airport Group) and hosts many airlines, including: easyJet, Emirates, Etihad, Jet2, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Air Canada, Delta, Monarch, Thomson, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Air France, American Airlines, British Airways, Flybe, KLM and Ryanair.
Terminal 1 is the largest of the three passenger terminals, and facilitates both international and regional flights. Terminal 2 is smaller but also provides flights to international destinations. Terminal 3 is the smallest and home to mostly domestic routes and low-cost carriers.
Manchester Airport statistics and services
Manchester is the largest airport in the North of England and the third busiest in the UK. Each year around 190,000 flights taking off and landing on its two runways. In 2016, over 25 million passengers passed through Manchester Airport, an increase of 11% on 2015 figures.
There has been more and more development taking place at Manchester Airport in recent years following significant investment from MAG. It recently opened a new 9,000 space carpark, one of the first steps towards a future £800 million 10-year airport redevelopment plan that will increase logistics, manufacturing, office and hotel space next to the airport and transport improvements such as the A555 relief road and a HS2 train station.
Services vary across the three terminals, but each encompasses all of the following amenities: currency exchange counter, ATMs, bar & restaurant, coffee shop, Duty-Free store and a selection of popular retailers. If you plan on staying at the airport overnight, it is worth noting that all Manchester Airport food & drink establishments will only be open during flight operation hours.
In terms of ground transport, the airport is well connected. It is possible to walk between the three terminals, each has a taxi rank outside and there is a Train Station located near Terminals 1 & 2 (this station also acts as a bus interchange). The Metrolink tram network was extended out to Manchester Airport in 2014 to improve links to city centre and offer a Park & Ride option. Travelling to and from the airport by road is also pretty simple, a regular bus service from surrounding areas and the motorway link provided by the M56 means Manchester city centre is just 20 minutes away. There are over 20,000 long and short-stay carpark spaces around the Airport and car rental options are available at the Car Rental Village which is within easy reach or all three terminals.
What if you are severely delayed at Manchester Airport?
Fortunately, even if you are one of the unlucky passengers to be subject to a significant flight delay, the services Manchester Airport offers are pretty extensive. There are lots of facilities available to make Manchester Airport flight disruptions less frustrating.
The airport itself is open 24 hours, meaning that it is possible to stay there overnight if your delay requires you to. Passengers forced to stay overnight due Manchester Airport delays will find security and other members of staff to be generally tolerant of passengers resting in public areas. There are no designated ‘rest zones’ but there are some areas where it is possible to sleep. Terminal 1 is the most comfortable option, although you will find the majority of benches around the airport are not designed for sleeping on. The one area to avoid spending the night is Terminal 3 as it is the most overcrowded, has very few seats and underwhelming facilities. Airport terminals are noisy places at night as cleaners and maintenance staff use the opportunity to carry out work; for the best chance of a good night’s rest, it is worth seeing if there is accommodation available at one of the six onsite hotels. Even if you are not staying at a hotel, you are able to access shower & changing facilities located at the Radisson Blu Hotel at Terminal 2 for a small surcharge. Luggage storage & lockers are available in the arrivals level of Terminals 1 & 2.