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Manchester Airport (code IATA: MAN) was initially named Ringway Airport (a name which remains in local use). It is an international airport situated eight miles (12 km) southwest of Manchester city centre. MAN handles about 27 million passengers annually, and is thereby ranked the third busiest airport in Great Britain and one of the top 20 in Europe. The airport is distinguished by its possession of two runways, which sets its potential capacity to 50 million travellers per year. However, this capacity is limited by the airport's restriction to 61 aircraft movements per hour and the terminal's size. Ranked in thirteenth place globally for total destinations served, Manchester Airport provides flights to 199 destinations. The airport has been extended over the years and now covers an area of 560 hectares.
MAN is currently the largest UK-owned airport operator. As a part of The Manchester Airports Group Plc, MAN Airport is jointly owned by the 10 Greater Manchester councils.
MAN Airport is busiest on Thursday, Sunday, and Monday, during normal business hours from 9 am to 5 pm. During this time, the terminal staff is working hard to avoid Manchester Airport delays. However, passengers who have tickets for these days are advised to arrive at least three hours before departure, given possible Manchester Airport queues. MAN also provides FastTrack for security and passport control (from £5 per person).
The customer contact centre can be found on the second level of the Olympic House, Manchester Airport, M90 1QX, UK. Check the Manchester Airport map to better navigate the premises.
You can also get info on flights, airlines, or any services by calling +44 (0)808 169 7030 or (0)808 169 7030. Lines are open from Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm.
Although international travel has been restored, some countries are still imposing entry restrictions. Therefore, make sure to check which COVID-19 test is needed for the destination you are travelling to. Please note that from March 18th passengers arriving in England no longer need to provide negative COVID-19 test results, or fill out a Passenger Locator Form.
Randox health travel centre offers various departure testing options at Manchester Airport:
There are several Randox locations at the airport building:
Testing centres are open 7 days a week from 7 am to 7 pm.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, such as adverse weather conditions, Manchester Airport flights may be cancelled or delayed; in the event of such changes, passengers may have to wait at the airport for several hours. Check your flight status using our website to make sure it is on schedule.
If you plan to visit Manchester, keep in mind that the weather is very changeable throughout the year. Summer in Manchester is comfortable, with an average temperature of 59°F-63°F (15°C-17°C). Winter is, on the contrary, cold, windy, and mostly cloudy. The rainiest months in Manchester are November, December, and January. We, therefore, recommend you bring an umbrella, and also check the current weather before making your plans.
Manchester Airport consists of three terminals. To find which terminal you need, consult the details of your airline printed on your ticket or itinerary. You can easily move between terminals using a Skylink connecting Terminals 1 and 2. This trip takes around 15 minutes. The distance from T1 to T3 is approximately a 5-minute walk through a covered walk pass.
Manchester Airport Terminal 1 is the main terminal for scheduled and charter airlines to various destinations both in Europe and around the world. On the lower floor, you can find the Arrivals hall, as well as elevator and escalator access to the Skylink walkway. The Manchester Airport drop-off area of Terminal 1 can be found in the car park on the left side, next to the Hilton Hotel and the Clayton Hotel. To get to the pick-up point, exit the M56 at junction 5 and follow the sign for Terminal 1, pass T1 M&G and underneath the Sky link and turn left into T1 Short Stay/pick-up car park.
The Terminal 2 Arrival zone is located on the lower level. The check-in desks are situated on the upper level of the Terminal. The security control point is placed on the same floor, after zone E. More than 20 airlines depart from Terminal 2, including Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air France, Brussels Airlines, KLM, and Virgin Atlantic International. If you would like to get info on your flight, find an information desk located next to the baggage reclaim zone. The Terminal 2 upper forecourt is conveniently situated near the main check-in hall. The drop-off point on the forecourt can be found in Zone 2. The Terminal 2 pick-up area is available on the ground level of the Terminal 2 West Multi-Storey Car Park.
Terminal 3 is located next to Terminal 1 and mainly serves UK and Ireland flights. Airlines operating from Manchester Airport Terminal 3 include Iberia Express, British Airways, Ryanair, and Vueling among others. The drop-off area is situated in front of the terminal straight ahead. Once you exit the M56 at Junction 5, enter the T3 Multi Storey Car Park, and follow signs on the ground level to get to the pick-up zone.
Manchester Airport provides their passengers with plenty of services available in each of the three terminals:
Travellers passing through MAN Airport have a wide selection of shopping venues at their disposal. Catering to a range of preferences and budgets, MAN terminals offer the following stores to delight even the most demanding travellers:
Manchester Airport lounges welcome travellers from any airline, providing a variety of services and allowing you to take a break while waiting for a flight.
Whether you have time for a complete dinner or a few minutes to get a snack before your flight, MAN Airport offers an excellent selection of food courts to meet your needs:
Manchester Airport is located on the ring road, next to the M56 and with easy links to the M6, M60, and M62. It is still known as the Ring Road Airport among residents. The airport also has well-functioning transport connections with the north of England and the lowlands/central Scotland. No matter where you get from, there are many convenient transportation options available, such as: car rental, bus, or a regular train to Manchester Airport. Below you will find more info about all available modes of transportation.
If you are used to travelling in comfort and without making compromises, consider that the most convenient way to do so is by renting a car. Agencies at MAN Airport offer a great choice of attractive deals at affordable prices from Minis to Full-size SUVs and Luxury cars. To rent a car for a lower price, select and order it in advance. When choosing a vehicle, pay attention to technical characteristics, available extras (GPS, free additional driver), appropriate fuel policy such as fuel-to-fuel tank, and unlimited mileage. If the cost of the Manchester Airport car rental is higher, some of these bonuses may compensate for the difference.
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A route by regular train from MAN Airport to the city centre (Manchester Piccadilly station) takes 20 minutes. Trains run daily every 10 minutes, through TransPennine Express and Northern Rail operators. From Manchester Piccadilly, you can travel anywhere in the UK with ease.
Manchester Airport is connected to the city centre with a well-developed network of 24-hour Stagecoach local and regional buses, running 7 days a week from early morning to late night (including weekends and bank holidays). The bus station at MAN is located in the train station, and all three terminals at Manchester Airport are situated within a 10-minute walk.
At Manchester Airport you can use the service of a wheelchair-accessible licensed "black cab" taxi. Taxi stands can be found just outside of all three Terminals and The Station (no booking is required). Set fares for within the Manchester Licensed Area are shown on the taxi metre with the average daily rate of £12 for 5 miles (8 km). Credit cards are accepted with no fees.
Check the list of Airport parking in Manchester available for passengers in each of the three terminals. All car parks are near the terminal, only a short walk or quick bus transfer from check-in.
Recently, the demand for long and short-haul flights in Manchester has increased. So, travellers are more frequently booking comfortable rooms in hotels near the airport, in order to have enough time to relax and not think about longer transportation times. MAN offers various hotels of your choice, located just a short walk from the 3 terminals. There are four hotels on-site that can be reached in 10-15 minutes, including Radisson Blu Manchester Airport, Hilton, and Clayton Hotel Manchester Airport. Other popular hotels located within a radius of 3 miles (4,8 km) from Manchester airport are the following:
These hotels offer many services for travellers such as parking, restaurants, free wi-fi access, a shuttle, and much more.
Being a major industrial city and a multicultural urban paradise, Manchester city attracts travellers from all over the world, and its popular destinations offer great insight into its history. Check out our list of top places to visit during your journey: