Manchester Airport is an international airport located in Ringway, Manchester, England. Back in the year 2013, Manchester Airport was ranked as the third busiest airport in the United Kingdom in terms of passenger numbers. It was also named as the 21st busiest airport in Europe and provides the most number of destinations than any other airport in the United Kingdom. Manchester Airport is a Category 10 airport and provides flights to around 200 destinations.
There is a plan to expand the Manchester Airport until the year 2030. Changes will include the demolition of older buildings to make way for the expansion plan. The expansion plan focuses on adding more taxi runways and an eastward extension to Terminal 3, realignments, redesigns, and upgrades to accommodate other aircrafts. Other plans to improve the Manchester Airport include a business centre to encourage businesses to open in the city.
There are three passenger terminals in Manchester Airport, two of which are connected by a skylink with travelators to help passengers with the long walk between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
Terminal 1 - airlines use Terminal 1 for scheduled and charter operations that fly to Europe and other destinations worldwide. Among the three terminals in Manchester Airport, it is the largest and serves as the base terminal for EasyJet, Jet2, Small Planet Airlines, and Thomas Cook. Brussels Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss, TAP Portugal, and Turkish Airlines are only some of the airlines that use Terminal 1 for their operations. Terminal 1 has a capacity of 11 million passengers a year. Since its redevelopment in 2008-2009, Terminal 1 has additional catering and retail facilities, and an expanded departure lounge with better choices for chops and restaurants. There is also an available outdoor smoking area at a designated rooftop smoking terrace after passengers have passed security.
Terminal 2 – same with Terminal 1, airlines also use Terminal 2 for scheduled and charter operations that fly to Europe and other destinations worldwide. It also serves as a base for Monarch, Thomson Airways, and Virgin Atlantic. Apart from operating as a base for specific airlines, Air Malta, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, and United are just some of the airlines that use Terminal 2. Terminal 2 has20 gates and 14 air bridges that make it a good terminal for expansion. Its yearly capacity is around eight million passengers. Terminal 2 has been revamped in order to improve its security facilities and also improve its retail and catering services. Just like Terminal 1, its indoor smoking area was closed in 2009 and was replaced by an outdoor smoking area that allows passengers to use it after passing security.
Terminal 3 - handles the majority of domestic routes from the city apart from some scheduled European flights and intercontinental flights. Terminal 3 is primarily the base for Flybe and Ryanair operations and handles operations for Air France, American Airlines, British Airways, BMI Regional, and KLM.
Services and Facilities
One of the many features of Manchester Airport is what they call ‘escape lounges’ that are available in all of its three terminals. They can be booked by the airport’s official website before the date of arrival or departure of any passenger for a fee. These escape lounges include a designated staff for the passengers’ needs, a reading area, a comprehensive menu of food and complimentary drink choices, internet/Wi-Fi access, computers, local magazines, and newspapers. Apart from their escape lounges, Manchester Airport has many shops and restaurants for passengers to shop and dine at before their boarding time or upon their arrival. Passengers can shop at stores like Accessorize, Boots, Bobbi Brown, Jo Malone, Dixons, JD Sports, Swatch, The Body Shop, and Timberland. For restaurant choices, passengers can enjoy a meal at food establishments such as Broderick’s, Burger King, Delice de France, Starbucks, Soho Coffee, and Trattoria Milano.