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Manchester Airport

Continue reading to discover Manchester Airport, its services and facilities it has on offer, the best destinations to fly to from the airport and with which airlines you can do this with.

About Manchester Airport

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Manchester Airport (IATA: MAN) formerly known as Ringway Airport is an international airport that serves 28 million passengers each year. The airport opened in junio 1938 and serves cities within Europe and other worldwide destinations. The airport has an area of 1,400 acres and owns two runways.

This airport is the third busiest airport in the UK in terms of passenger numbers and is the busiest outside of the city of London. Manchester Airport has flights to 199 destinations which ranks them as 13th in the world for total destinations served.

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Manchester Airport Location

The airport is located 8.6 miles (13.9 km) southwest of Manchester city centre, in the United Kingdom:


Manchester Airport provides facilities and services to offer its travellers comfort and ease. The airport in total has a number of gates as well as shops, restaurants, cafes and bars the airport terminal.

Facilities Include:

A wide range of shopping and dining places are available from popular restaurants, cafes and luxury and designer shops.

Free WiFi Accessibility

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Mobile Charging

Postal Services


Spa & Salon

Family Services

Prayer Room

Luggage Carts


Currency Exchange

Lounges Include:

1903 Lounge (Terminal 3): includes beverages, air conditioning, WiFi, TV, newspapers and magazines.

Aspire Lounge (Terminal 1): available facilities include beverages, air conditioning, WiFi, TV, disabled access, work booth, family booths, newspapers and magazines.

Aspire Lounge (Terminal 2): consists of beverages, air conditioning, WiFi, TV, disabled access, newspapers and magazines.

Escape Lounge (Terminal 1): includes beverages, air conditioning, WiFi, TV, telephone with an added cost, disabled access, conference rooms, newspapers and magazines.

Escape Lounge (Terminal 2): has beverages, air conditioning, WiFi, TV, disabled access, conference rooms, newspapers and magazines and telephone with an added cost.

Escape Lounge (Terminal 3): includes beverages, air conditioning, WiFi, TV, disabled access, newspapers and magazines.

Book Lounge Passes for Manchester Airport

Did you know that you can buy lounge passes for Manchester Airport with Alternative Airlines? You can purchase them for The Escape Lounge at Terminals 1, 2, and 3, and Aspire Lounge at Terminals 1 and 2.


manchester runway

Manchester Airport currently has two runways.

Direction Length (ft) Length (m) Surface
05L/23R 3,048 10,000 Concrete
05R/23L 3,050 10,007 Concrete/
Grooved Asphalt


manchester terminal

Terminal 1

Terminal 1 has scheduled flights to European and other worldwide locations. Airlines such as Aer Lingus, Aegean, Air Transat, Austrian, Brussels, Cobalt, easyJet, Emirates, Etihad, Eurowings, Finnair, Icelandair, Jet2, Lufthansa, Norweigan, SAS, Swiss, TAP, Turkish Airlines. The terminal 1 has two piers of which together has 29 stands, 15 air bridges and is the biggest out of of the three terminals. Terminal 1 manages around 11 million passengers a year.

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 has takes most long-haul scheduled flight. Airlines such as TUI, Singapore Airlines, Hainan, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic, United, Saudia, Qatar, Oman Air and Pakistan International Airlines. Terminal 2 has 16 gates, of which 9 have air bridges. Terminal 2 manages around 8 million passengers a year.

Terminal 3

Terminal 2 has scheduled domestic flight to European and other areas in the world. Airlines such as TUI, Ryanair, Vueling, Loganair, KLM, FlyBe, Iberia, British Airways, American Airlines, Air France.

Airlines that fly to Manchester Airport

The following table contains all of the airlines that fly passenger services from Manchester Airport:

Adria Airways Aegean airlines Aer Lingus Aer Lingus Regional
Air Arabia Maroc Air Canada Rouge Air Europa Air France
Air Malta Air Transat Air Mauritius Aeromexico
Air Serbia Alitalia American Airlines Aurigny
Austrian Airlines Belavia BH Air British Airways
Brussels Airlines Cathay Pacific easyjet El Al
emiratos Aerolíneas Etihad Ethiopian Airlines Eurowings
finnair Flybe Egyptair Hainan Airlines
Iberia Icelander Iraq Airways Jet2,com
KLM Longanir lufthansa Norweigan Air Shuttle
Oman Air Pakistan International Airlines Pegasus Airlines Qatar Airways
Royal Air Maroc Ryanair Saudia Scandinavian Airlines
Aerolíneas de Singapur Swiss International Air Lines Thomas Cook Airlines Titan Airways
TUI Airways Turkish Airlines Aerolíneas Unidas VIRGIN ATLANTIC

The Most Popular Domestic Destinations

Rank Destination Pasajeros
1 Ámsterdam 1,035,637
2 Dubai 1,000,214
3 Dublin 980,158
4 Tenerife–South 798,954
5 Alicante 748,982
6 Palma de Mallorca 720,393
7 London–Heathrow 654,071
8 Paris–Charles de Gaulle 628,020
9 Málaga 567,747
10 Frankfurt 526,188

The most popular destinations in 2018. Statistics from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

How to get to Manchester Airport

By Road

There is a black cab taxi that offers services at Manchester Airport. If you need a taxi, simply follow the signs leading to the ground transportation area of the terminal on a 24-hour basis. It takes only 25 minutes to the City of Manchester by taxi.

By Public Transport

The airport is connected to the local and long-distance bus system with nine buses linking at the airport. Bus 43 (from Piccadilly Gardens – Manchester Airport) runs 24 hours a day. Metrolink trams serve the Greater Manchester Area with 92 stops along the line. The Metrolink stops inside the airport itself, departing every 12 to 15. Manchester Airport Station is served 24 hours a day by local and regional trains operated by TransPennine Express and Northern Rail. Trains leave every ten minutes, travelling between the airport and Manchester Piccadilly in the city centre and takes around 20 minutes.

By Rental Car

Onsite, you can hire from a selection of cars from car hire companies. Manchester Airport has onsite car rentals are handled in the designated facility known as the Car Rental Village. Many companies offer these services such as Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt.