The airport is 17 kilometers southwest of the center of Manchester. There are two runways and three terminals. Just like Schiphol, there are roll bands or rolling sidewalks at this airport. It is the third busiest airport in Great Britain, after the London airports Heathrow Airport and GatwickAirport. In 2006 Manchester Airport processed 22 million passengers. According to expectations this number will double by 2015. There are many activities planned to take care of this growth.
The airport has a combined bus and train station that is called ‘The Station’, many trains from the north of England and the Midlands come to the station. Other destinations are accessible from Manchester Piccadilly in the city center. There are plans to put in a monorail between the airport and Piccadilly, at the moment this route is still used by regular service trains.
Car and bus
The airport is along the M56 highway (exit 5) that connects to the ring road around Manchester (M60, exit 4). The routes to the various terminals are clearly indicated on the traffic signs.
Bus line 43 leaves every 10 minutes to the center of Manchester, this is an express service. There are many other bus lines that have connections between the airport and Manchester, there are also long distance buses from National Express to places including London, Blackpool and Aberdeen.
Car rental – Manchester Airport
In every terminal there are counters for car rental companies: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt.
Taxis are in front of all terminals. For destinations in Manchester and the surrounding area, meters are used. For other destinations, fixed rates are given on signs.
There are garages for short-term parking at all terminals. For each stay longer than six hours you are better to park your car in the long-term parking area.
Shops and restaurants
Manchester Airport has a large range of shops, bars, cafés and restaurants in all terminals.
There is a window for lost and found in each terminal.
There are general information counters in all terminals, in addition in Terminals 1 and 2 you can find information counters from the Tourism Bureau.
Business facilities are available in the Atlantic Suite and in the Radisson SAS Hotel. There are offices and meeting rooms to rent and also conference halls for up to a maximum of 400 people. The Ringway Suite in Terminal 2 has rooms that are particularly suitable for small symposiums, for up to 30 people. The Escape Lounge has telephone, fax, copy and internet facilities.
The airport is very accessible for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators, restrooms and telephones in all terminals. For the hearing impaired there is an induction loop. There are many employees at the airport that are trained in sign language. In the parking garages there are reserved places for the disabled.
There are money exchange offices and ATM’s in all terminals, there is a post office in Terminal 1. Medical services are available. Manchester Airport is a popular airport for airplane spotters, there is a special “Viewing Park”, there are not only taking off and landing airplanes to see, but also old planes including a Concorde from British Airways, you can see all airplanes from the inside, provided that it is previously arranged.
Manchester Airport Plc
Telephone, fax, email
Telephone: +44(0)161 489 3000
Fax: +44(0)161 489 3813
Email: through the contact form
IATA airport code: MAN
ICAO airport code: EGCC