Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport Information (MAN)

Located south of the city, Manchester International Airport is listed as one of Great Britain’s busiest airports, facilitating over 189,000 flights and serving nearly 20 million passengers per annum. The airport is the biggest and busiest in the north west of England and it provides a gateway to the world for the city’s large population and for residents of neighbouring towns such as Warrington and Liverpool, and those in the county Cheshire. The airport operates three terminals, which handle an extensive number of domestic and international carriers.

The airport is well equipped for those wishing to hold meetings or conferences, while individual business travellers will find business centres located at the Radisson and Atlantic hotels, which are both located close to the terminal buildings. ATMs can be found throughout the airport and are generally situated near to lounge areas and check-in desks. Meanwhile, bureau de change counters are on hand in all three terminals for passenger requiring foreign currency. Disabled persons’ facilities are excellent and a variety of parking options are available.

Public buses serve the airport at regular intervals throughout the day, providing connections with the city centre and the suburbs of Greater Manchester. The city’s main train station at Piccadilly provides nationwide connections and is served by a regular bus service. Meanwhile, National Express coach services are on hand to provide travel to destinations farther afield. Taxis are available for door-to-door transport services.

Address: Manchester, M90 1QX, UK
Tel: +44 808 169 7030


Business, VIP & Wifi

At Manchester International Airport, business travellers with laptop computers can access the internet via the airport’s Wifi service, which is available at cafés and in seating areas in all three terminals. The service is provided by T-Mobile and holders of relevant mobile phone accounts can arrange Wifi connection through their handsets. Alternatively, connection credit can be purchased from T-Mobile HotSpots.

Business centres and meeting rooms: the airport has no dedicated business centre of its own; however, it does feature a conference centre with a room for 400 guests. The room includes an overhead projection system, telephones and fax machines. More comprehensive business facilities can be found at the nearby Radisson and Atlantic hotels.

VIP: executive lounges operated by Globe Ground Executive and Servisair can be found in Terminal 1. In Terminal 2, the Escape at Manchester Airport lounge and the Air France/Delta Executive Lounge are on hand, while Terminal 3 provided lounges operated by Bmi and BA.

Internet: internet kiosks are available in various locations within the airport. Payment is by the minute and can be made by cash or credit card.

Car Rental

Manchester Airport’s high volume of annual passengers brings with it a large number of travellers in need of rental cars. The airport caters to the needs of these passengers by offering a total of six car hire companies, which are listed below.

Avis Rent-a-Car, Budget Rent-a-Car, Europcar, Hertz Corporation, National Car Rental and Sixt all have desks at the airport and pick ups can be made from Level 11 of Terminal 1’s multi-storey car park, the ground floor of Terminal 2’s multi-storey car park and Level 2 of Terminal 2’s multi-storey car park.


Babies: baby-changing rooms are available in all three terminals, in a variety of locations, but they can generally be found next to the regular ladies and gents toilet facilities. The airport is in the process of upgrading all baby rooms, so as to include a high chair, bottle warmer, changing matt and nursing chair in all facilities. Boots is on hand in all terminals for essential baby items such as nappies, powder and formula.

Children: a play area for children is located in the Departures area of Terminal 1 and is open 24 hours. The facility is unsupervised; hence parents are required to remain with their children at all times. The play area is open to all children below 132cms in height. Outlets of WH Smith can be found in all terminals and sell a variety of media for children such as books, comics and colouring books. For older children, there are video games on hand in the Terminal 1 Departure lounge and in Terminal 2, before security. A spectators terrace is available at Terminal 1 on Level 13 of the multi-storey car park, offering children and their parents the chance to see take offs and landings from an excellent vantage point. For dining, many of the airport’s eating establishments offer high chairs and children’s menus.


The following destinations are currently serviced by schedule or charter flights on a regular or seasonal basis.

Abu Dhabi Goa Norwich
Acapulco Gothenburg Olbia
Agadir Guernsey Oporto
Alicante Hamburg Orlando
Almeria Hanover Oslo
Amsterdam Helsinki Ovdah
Angers Heraklion Paderborn
Antalya Hong Kong Palma
Antigua Houston Paphos
Arrecife Hurghada Paris-Cdg
Athens Ibiza Perpignan
Atlanta Innsbruck Philadelphia
Banjul-Yundum Inverness Pisa
Barbados Ireland West Airport Knock Plovdiv
Barcelona Islamabad Plymouth
Belfast City Isle Of Man Porlamar
Belfast Intl Istanbul Port O Spain
Bergamo Ivalo Prague
Bergen Izmir Preveza
Berlin Jerez Puerto Plata
Billund Jersey Puerto Vallarta
Birmingham Kalamata Pula
Bodrum Karachi Punta Cana
Bolzano Kavala Reus
Bordeaux Kefallinia Reykjavik
Boston Kerry County Rhodes
Bratislava Kittila Riga
Brescia Kos Rimini
Bristol Krakow Rome-Fco
Brussels Kuala Lumpur Rovaniemi
Bucharest Kuusamo Salvador (Dois De Julho)
Budapest La Romana Salzburg
Burgas Lahore Samos
Cagliari Lamezia Sanford
Calgary Larnaca Santorini
Calvi Las Palmas Shannon
Cancun Las Vegas Sharm-El-Sheik
Cardiff Lisbon Singapore
Catania Ljubljana Skiathos
Cayo Coco London City Sofia
Chambery London Gatwick Southampton
Chania London Heathrow Split
Chicago London Stansted St Lucia
Cologne Los Angeles Stockholm
Colombo Lourdes-Tarbes Stuttgart
Copenhagen Luxembourg Taba
Corfu Luxor Tallinn


From the north: follow the M56 motorway south, exiting at Junction 5, which is the airport junction. From here, the route is signposted all the way to the airport grounds.

From the south: the M56 serves the south side of the city and leads to the airport. You can reach the airport by following the M56 north and exiting at the clearly marked airport junction. The route is well signposted and simple to follow.

From the east: the M60 motorway serves the east side of the city, leading onto the M56. Follow the M56 to the airport exit before following the signs for the airport.

From the west: the M56 comes into Manchester from the west. Follow it to Junction 6 and then exit, taking the third exit off the roundabout onto the A538. From here, the airport route is well signposted.


Facilities at Manchester Airport are excellent and they reflect its status as one of the world’s premier international airports. As all essential services and amenities are provided, passenger expectations for financial and shopping, eating and drinking facilities are more than amply met. Duty-free shopping is especially good, while Wifi is now available throughout the three terminals.

Money: ATMs can be found at all three terminals in various locations, while bureaux de change paypoints are also on hand, offering currency exchange, travel insurance and mobile phone top-up facilities.

Services: postal services can be found in Terminal 1, while left luggage and lost property counters can be found in all three terminals. Tourist information centres can be found in terminals 1 and 2, and multi-faith prayer rooms are also on hand.

Smoking: smoking is permitted in designated areas only and it is an offence to smoke anywhere other than those areas set aside specifically for smoking. Designated smoking zones can be found in all three terminal buildings.


Passengers arriving at Manchester will have no problem finding accommodation in the immediate area. The Radisson SAS Hotel and the Crowne Plaza can be found on-site, while a number of other hotels are within a five-minute drive of the airport. Standards are high, with most establishments offering a minimum of a three star rating.

Bewleys Hotel Manchester Airport (three star)
Just a three-minute walk from terminals 1 and 3, Bewleys Hotel offers 226 rooms, all featuring free broadband internet/Wifi, TV with satellite channels, hairdryer, trouser press and ironing facilities, en suite bathroom and tea and coffee making facilities. Meeting rooms are available for companies wishing to hold conferences or exhibitions. Park and fly deals are available. A free shuttle service runs between the terminals and the hotel.
Check in: 14:00. Check out: 12:00 More details and reservation online

Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport (four star)
An airport hotel offering long-stay parking for stays of eight to 28 days. Rooms are en suite and feature TV with satellite channels, minibar, dressing gowns and slippers, trouser press, iron and tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel’s facilities include a pool and a gymnasium. Breakfast is not included in the price of the room.
Check in: 14:00. Check out: 12:00 More details and reservation online

Hilton Manchester Airport (four star)
Just a quarter of a mile from the airport, the Hilton Manchester is a modern hotel with 225 superb, fully-equipped rooms. All rooms feature air conditioning, TV, hair dryer, iron and ironing board and tea and coffee making facilities. Hotel facilities include a sauna, swimming pool and a steam bath as well as meeting rooms and Wifi internet access.
Check in: 14:00. Check out: 12:00 More details and reservation online

Manchester Airport Marriott Hotel (four star)
Situated just over one mile from the airport and offering rooms with air conditioning, iron and ironing board, trouser press, pull-out sofa bed, colour TV, minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. Hotel facilities include a fully-equipped fitness centre, restaurant, business centre and free on-site parking. A free shuttle service connects the hotel with the airport.
Check in: 14:00. Check out: 12:00 More details and reservation online

Radisson SAS Hotel (four star)
Linked directly to airport via the Sky link elevated walkway, the Radisson SAS Hotel is modern and stylish, and offers facilities such as a restaurant, fully-equipped fitness centre, swimming pool and 31 meeting rooms. A variety of rooms are available, all featuring minibar, TV, Wifi access and tea and coffee making facilities. Breakfast is not included in the price of the room.
Check in: 14:00. Check out: 12:00 More details and reservation online.


Manchester Airport has a large number of highly trained staff, dedicated to serving the needs of passengers. Besides information officers, there are security guards, medical centre representatives, porters and police. The airport’s main information desks are located in the Arrivals areas of all three terminals.


Parking facilities at Manchester International Airport are more than adequate, with approximately 14,000 spaces available, which are spread across a selection of car parks. Short-stay and long-stay parking options are on offer as well as spaces for disabled drivers.

Short term: a multi-storey car park is situated close to the terminal buildings and is ideal for drivers dropping off or collecting passengers. Payments can be made at machines located in the terminals.

Long term: parking on a long-term basis is available at facilities near the airport entrance and at others located some distance from the terminals. A free shuttle service runs between the distant facilities and the terminal buildings. Parking on arrival is available, but booking ahead brings considerable discounts against regular prices.

Special needs: spaces are available in all of the airport’s car parks for disabled drivers. Long-term parking is available in the short-stay facilities by prior arrangement. For more details call

Shops & Eating

Restaurants and bars: a wide selection of eateries is on hand in all of the terminals at Manchester Airport, with the greatest concentration in Terminal 1. Takeaway outlets such as Burger King and Millies Cookies sit alongside reputable cafés and restaurants such as Café Ritazza and Harry Ramsdens. A food court is also on hand in terminals 1 and 2, while bars serving soft and alcoholic beverages are available in all three terminals.

Convenience items: last minute purchases for holidays and items to make travelling more pleasant and comfortable can be purchased at shops such as Boots, WH Smith and Alpha Airport Shopping. Forgotten your tie for the business conference? Then Tie Rack is on hand, while Sunglass Hut is available for those who forgot to pack their holiday sunnies.

Duty free shopping: a variety of shops offering tax-free goods are available beyond security in each of the terminals. Specific duty-free outlets are operated by Alpha Airport Shopping and provide the usual selection of tobacco, alcohol, perfumes, gifts and confectionery.


Terminal 1

Before Security
Accessorize Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Boots the Chemist Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Claire’s Accessories Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Cotton Traders Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Impulse Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
JD SPORTS Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
La Senza Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Monsoon Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Sunglass Hut Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
The Dry Cleaning Centre Open – daily, 07:00 – 19:00
Thorntons Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Travelcare Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Watch Station Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
WHSmith Open – daily, 03:00 – 23:00
After Security
All’ombra Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Alpha Airport Shopping Open – daily, 24 hours
Best of the Best Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Boots the Chemist Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Dixons Tax Free Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Fashion Gallery Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Goldsmiths Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Rolling Luggage Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Tie Rack Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Waterstone’s Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
WHSmith Open – daily, 04:00 – 23:00
Alpha Airport Shopping Open – daily, 24 hours

Terminal 2

Before Security
Boots the Chemist Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Claire’s Accessories Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Lovejuice Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Redland Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
WHSmith Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
After Security
Accessorize Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
All’ombra Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Alpha Airport Shopping Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Best of the Best Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Bijoux Terner Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Boots the Chemist Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Dixons Tax Free Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Dorothy Perkins Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
La Senza Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Monsoon Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
The Soft Shoe Co Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
Waterstone’s Open – daily, 05:00 – 20:00
WHSmith Open – daily, 04:00 – 20:00
WHSmith Open – daily, 24 hours

Terminal 3

Before Security
Boots the Chemist Open – daily, 04:00 – 19:00
WHSmith Open – daily, 04:00 – 19:00
After Security
Alpha Airport Shopping Open – daily, 04:00 – 20:00
L’Occitane Open – daily, 04:00 – 20:00
Rolling Luggage Open – daily, 04:00 – 20:00
Tie Rack Open – daily, 04:00 – 20:00
Vittorio Open – daily, 04:00 – 20:00
WHSmith Open – daily, 04:00 – 20:30
First Impression Open – daily, 09:00 – 17:00
WHSmith Open – daily, 06:00 – 22:30

Special Needs

Manchester International Airport conforms to EU standards with regards to facilities for the disabled. Passengers with special need will find mobility assistance, designated parking spaces, induction loop systems, assistance with boarding and specially designed toilets and telephones as well as ramps and lifts.

All three terminals are designed to conform to international standards for wheelchair users, meaning that there are no public areas that are inaccessible to wheelchair users. Lifts are on hand to provide access to alternate floors, while ramps bridge the discrepancy between raised and lowered ground levels. Toilets designed specifically for wheelchair users and those with other disabilities can be found throughout all three terminal buildings.

For the deaf or hard of hearing, the airport employs a large number of staff who are trained in the use of sign language. Induction coupling technology is standard among all of the airport’s public telephones, while induction loops in various locations indicated by ear symbols, allow for amplification of public announcements.
A minicom system is available at the information desk in the International Arrivals area of Terminal 1. The minicom number.

Blind passengers and those with visual impairments can request extra assistance from both airport and specific airline staff. Should you have any special requests or require assistance, it is recommended that you call both of these agencies prior to your arrival.

Stopover Guide

Famous across the globe for its highly successful football team, Manchester is an exciting, cosmopolitan city, built on the foundations of its success as a cotton producer during the Industrial Revolution. The city offers fantastic nightlife, some of the country’s best shopping centres, a vibrant and varied cultural scene and a wealth of natural and historical attractions.


• The Trafford Centre is one of Europe’s largest undercover shopping centres and it offers a large number of retail outlets and restaurants, a bowling alley and a cinema complex.
• Built for Manchester’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games in 2002, the Aquatics Centre offers an Olympic-size pool as well as slides and inflatables for kids, and saunas and steam rooms for adults.
• Take a tour of Old Trafford football ground, the home of Manchester United FC. Souvenirs are available at the official MUFC shop.
• The Lowry Centre offers one of the city’s best art galleries and two theatres that show a wide range of live performances.
• Heaton, Dunham and Tatton parks among others are all within easy driving distance of the city centre.
• Castlefield is an area of the city built on historic Roman remains and is home to museums and trendy bars.

Eating and shopping: the city centre is full of places to eat, with many reputable establishments located around the Piccadilly and Deansgate areas. Chinatown is home to a large number of Oriental establishments, while the Curry Mile, just outside of the city centre in the suburb of Rusholme, is home to a vast number of Indian restaurants with reputations for excellence.

Market street is the city’s main shopping area and it is home to well-known high street names and the Arndale Centre, a large undercover shopping centre that also offers many well-known retail outlets. St Anne’s Square and the Royal Exchange offer more upmarket and individual retailers. The Trafford Centre, which is a short drive from the city centre, also offers a vast number of shops.

Day trips and tours: scenic Cheshire is on Manchester’s doorstep and it offers a variety of options for days out. Parks owned by the National Trust, such as Tatton and Dunham, offer historic stately homes set in acres of fine gardens and woodland; both of these parks are within a 40-minute drive of the city centre.

The neighbouring towns of Stockport and Warrington offer modern city facilities within close proximity of pleasant countryside. Meanwhile, Liverpool can be reached in about an hour by car from Manchester and offers a variety of attractions including Beatles tours, Albert Dock and some fantastic shopping.


With close to 20 million passengers passing through the facility each year, Manchester International Airport is non-stop hive of activity.

Terminal 1: handles arrivals and departures for carriers operating flights to all national, continental and transatlantic destinations. Check-in desks are located on the first level of the terminal.

Terminal 2: handles arrivals and departures from mainly small airlines that operate flights to transatlantic and continental destinations. Some major airlines such as US Airways and Virgin Atlantic also operate from this terminal. Check-in desks can be found on the first level of the building.

Terminal 3: handles arrivals and departures from a mix of airlines which operate flights to both national and international cities. Terminal 3 was built to accommodate the overspill from terminals 1 and 2.


A fairly solid ground transportation infrastructure serves the needs of arriving passengers and those bound for the airport by road from other destinations. Buses, taxis and coaches comprise the most significant options.

Rail and metro: there is no train station serving Manchester International Airport; however, regular bus services provide connections with Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station, from where both national and regional services are available.

Shuttles and buses: public buses operated by Stagecoach, Arriva and Trent provide services to a variety of destinations in the Manchester, Greater Manchester and Cheshire areas. National Express coach company offers services to a large number of major UK cities. All buses depart from Terminal 1 International Arrivals and from Terminal 2 Arrivals.

Taxi and limo: taxis are available from outside the Arrivals areas of all three terminals. Taxis serving the airport are all licenced and journeys are metered.

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