Manchester Airport (MAN) Information
(Manchester, England, UK)
Manchester Airport is currently the third-largest in the whole of the United Kingdom and handles more than 20 million passengers each year. With regular long- and short-haul flights to almost 200 different destinations around the world, Manchester Airport is called home by around 100 airlines and is conveniently situated halfway between London and Edinburgh, whilst being relatively close to Birmingham and Leeds.
The airport features a superb new Ground Transport Interchange, known simply as The Station, which is designed to connect trains, buses and coaches from throughout the north of England and is the first fully integrated facility of its kind in the country. A new Metrolink line is planned to open in 2016, providing five trams an hour and being part of an enormous £1.5 billion transport upgrade project.
Manchester Airport (MAN)
Address: Ringway Road West, Manchester, M90 1QX, England
Tel: +44 (0)161 489 3813
Manchester Airport is located just 16 km / 10 miles to the south-west of the city centre, residing on the very outskirts, between the suburbs of Altrincham and Wilmslow. Useful neighbouring points of reference include both Painswick Park and the Ringway Golf Club.
Manchester Airport (MAN) Guide
Manchester Airport has three busy terminals, serving the following different airlines.
- Terminal 1 - Aer Arann, Aer Lingus, Air Transat, Aurigny Air Services, Austrian Airlines, BH Air, Blue Islands, City Airline, EasyJet, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Finnair, Germanwings, Icelandair, Jet2, Libyan Arab Airlines, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Pegasus Airlines, SATA International, Scandinavian Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, TAP Portugal, Thomas Cook Airlines and Turkish Airlines
- Terminal 2 - Air Malta, Airblue, Belavia, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Monarch, Onur Air, Pakistan International Airlines, Qatar Airways, Ryanair, Singapore Airlines, Strategic Airlines, Thomson Airways, Tor Air, Tunisair, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways
- Terminal 3 - Adria Airways, Air France, Air France operated by Cityjet, American Airlines, BA Cityflyer, BMI, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Flybe, Iberia operated by Air Nostrum and KLM
- Bureau de change
- 24-hour cash machines (ATMs) and postal facilities
- More than 30 different restaurants, cafés, fast-food outlets and bars
- Shopping centre with around 40 large shops, including a newsagents, gift stores and duty free outlets
- Car hire companies - including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt Car Rental
- Business facilities at the Airport Business Centre, including private workstations, computers, meeting rooms, Internet access, telephones, fax machines and photocopying
- Passenger pick-up areas, located close to the main building
- Over 14,000 car parking spaces available
- Short-term parking with direct access
- Long-term economy parking located close by, being connected by courtesy shuttle buses
- Special facilities for disabled passengers
- Other facilities include baby changing rooms, NHS walk-in centres, religious, cultural and prayer rooms
Manchester Airport is located close to the M56 motorway and many other major roads, such as the M60 to Stockport, and the A538 to Wilmslow, Prestbury and Macclesfield. Those with their own set of wheels will find that the route into the city centre is well sign posted and takes around 25 minutes, or possibly longer during peak traffic. The directions are simple - take the Ringway Road West, continue onto the M56, exit onto the A5103 (Princess Road) and then continue straight into the city itself.
Tel: +44 (0) 161 228 7811
Bus services are provided by Stagecoach, Trent and Arriva, regularly travelling into central Manchester. Operating daily, every 30 minutes from early morning until late a night, the bus service is one of the most inexpensive ways to reach the city centre, while other popular onward destinations include Altrincham, Baguley, East Didsbury, Flixton, Gatley, Moss Side, Northenden, Quarry Bank Mill, Sale, Sharston, Stockport, Stretford, Trafford Centre, Urmston and Wythenshawe. Of note, a limited 24-hour bus service is now available.
Tel: +44 (0)8457 484 950 (National Rail Enquiries)
The Station transport centre at Manchester Airport offers direct integrated train transport and is operated by Tranpennine Express and First North Western. Each day there are six trains running into the city centre, with the journey to the Piccadilly Train Station taking around 15 minutes. There are also countless other trains that travel to many major cities throughout England and these include Blackpool, Bolton, Huddersfield, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Preston, Sheffield and York. Tickets can either be purchased at 'The Station' (open daily - 07:00 to 18:00) or at the self-service ticket machines within the airport itself.
Coaches are readily available, travelling to many areas of Manchester and all over the country. These coaches are operated by National Express and connect in excess of 50 towns and cities in the United Kingdom, including both Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland. Coach tickets can be purchased from the onsite Tourist Information Centres or from the coach ticket desk based within The Station.
Tel: +44 (0) 161 489 2313
Cabs and taxi buses are readily available at the airport, with Hackney Cabs being found directly outside of each of the three terminal buildings. The journey into the city centre will take around 15 minutes, depending on traffic. Taxi buses should be booked in advance at the Airportcarz desk inside the terminal buildings.