Airport Guide: Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport is the biggest airport in the UK outside of London and handles more than 20 million passengers a year. The airport with its three terminals has a constant growth of passengers and offers flights to several interesting destinations all over the world. Passengers can enjoy a relatively flawless experience with shops, restaurants, hotels and lounges provided. Learn more in our Airport Guide!

Manchester Airport may be only the third biggest airport in the United Kingdom, but it is by far the most important outside of London. Looking at the destinations, Manchester Airport is also anything but irrelevant.

EasyJet A319

EasyJet is one  of the most important carriers at Manchester Airport

There are daily flights to Canada, the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore (via Munich), Dubai, Qatar and Saudi Arabia and dozens of flights to European destinations.

Biggest airlines at Manchester Airport:

  • Flybe: Several business destinations in Europe
  • easyJet: Several business and holiday destinations in Europe
  • Thomas Cook Airlines: Several holiday destinations in Europe, the Caribbean and North America
  • Thomas Airways: Several holiday destinations in Europe, North America, the Caribbean and North America

Shopping and dining at Manchester Airport

All terminals at Manchester Airport come with a wide array of shopping opportunities. Several important brands including Lacoste, swatch and Victoria’s Secret are present at Manchester Airport. You may also enjoy duty free shopping at the airport.

Manchester Airport

There are several shops throughout the airport

When it comes to dining, there’s a decent choice, too. Most outlets offer either café style snacks or fast food. Popular brands include Burger King, Costa Coffee and Starbucks. In general, shops, restaurants and bars mainly target travelers on an average budget and not the luxury traveler.

Sleeping at Manchester Airport

The importance of Manchester Airport can also be seen when looking at the hotels located close to the airport. Directly connected with the airport is Radisson Blu Manchester Airport which is also the best rated airport hotel.

Radisson Blu Manchester Airport

Radisson Blu Manchester Airport is just a stonethrow away from the terminals

Other three and four star options include Clayton Manchester Airport as well as properties of the following brands: Crowne Plaza, Hilton, Premier Inn, Holiday Inn and Marriott. It’s also possible to sleep in the airport building which is surely less comfortable, but may be an option for budget travelers.

Lounges at Manchester Airport

Throughout all terminals, passengers can find lounges at Manchester Airport. Air France and British Airways (both Terminal 3) as well as Emirates are the carriers operating lounges at the airport, but several independent operators offer services, too.

BA Terraces Lounge Manchester

British Airways has a rather large lounge at Manchester Airport

The Escape Lounges, present in all terminals, are managed by the airport. Additionally, there’s an Aspire Lounge in Terminal 1, the Swissport Lounge in Terminal 2 and the Servisair Lounge in Terminal 2. All lounges got different access criteria.

Lounges at Manchester Airport:

  • Air France Lounge (ST FC, ST BC, FB Gold, FB Platinum, ST Elite Plus)
  • Aspire Lounge (PP, $, selected airlines)
  • British Airways Terraces Lounge (OW FC, OW BC, OW E, OW S)
  • Emirates Lounge (EK FC, EK BC, EK P, EK G)
  • Escape Lounges (PP, $, selected airlines)
  • Servisair Lounge (PP, $, selected airlines)
  • Swissport Lounge (PP, $, selected airlines)

Transportation at Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport is very well connected with the city center. There’s a train station known as “The Station” where passengers can board trains operated by Northern Rail or First TransPennine Express running to Manchester Piccadilly Station. These trains also offer different connections to several other cities in Great Britain.

Train Manchester Airport

There are direct train connections to the city center of Manchester

Moreover, there’s a Metrolink station at Manchester Airport (to learn more about public transportation in Manchester, see our transportation guide). Additionally, there are also buses and coaches. Taxis are only an option for those with a big budget as they are extremely expensive compared to the trains and trams.


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3 Comments on “Airport Guide: Manchester Airport”

  1. I flew into Manchester in 2012 and thought it much more convenient and easy to navigate than Heathrow. There was a bit of construction going on at the time, so I drove around the airport a couple of times when I returned my hired car, but the ease of staying at the Radison the night before my flight out was well worth it. If I don’t need to visit London, I would definitely fly into this airport again.

    • The thing with LHR is always whether you arrive at one of two new terminals or one of the other ones. I found both, the *A as well as the British Airways one, quite easy to navigate through. Nevertheless, Heathrow definitely is way bigger than Manchester which always makes it tougher to navigate!

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