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Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport is now the largest outside London and handles over 20 million passengers a year. With its three world class terminals, two runways, some 250 check-in desks serving around 65 airline operators, it is truly an international airport. As a result of a £35 million refurbishment of Terminal 1, more than 190 worldwide destinations are now possible for departure passengersas well as receiving incoming flights to serve the whole of NorthWest England. On the doorstep are many Airport Hotels, ranging from 5 star luxury to budget accommodation as well as a profusion of nearby Guest Houses in the surrounding countryside.
Many further developments are planned, including the provision of new airline offices, major terminal extension and refurbishments, a third runway (currently in planning), a new public transport interchange with the full integration of the City's Metrolink tram service, the building of a new Inter-Continental 5 Star Hotel, various extensions to the Arrival Halls, and generally increased capacities for expected passenger growth. The Airport anticipates more than 30 million passengers annually by the end of the decade.
Ample transportation links with Manchester city centre are in place, including regular schedules bus and coach services and a large complement of black cab taxis.
More information on the Airport is found on their website at

The Development of Manchester Airport

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The Original Ringway Airport

Manchester has a long association with aircraft and flying. From the early days of the Avro and the Lancaster bomber to the contemporary supersonic elegance of British Airways Concorde.
It was in 1934 that Manchester City Council approved the building of Ringway Airport, which was opened in 1938 with the completion of the original terminal and the commencement of scheduled flights.
However, the Second World War brought a swift halt to scheduled flights in 1939, and for the duration it was the home base of 613 Squadron RAF and the Parachute Training School.

Manchester Airport PLC

Scheduled air serices recommenced in 1946 and in 1948, the airport saw the first visit by a military jet aircraft. In the following years the original runway was extended several times (in 1951 to 5900 feet, in 1959 to 7000 feet, in 1961 to 7500 feet, in 1965 to 7900 feet, in 1969 to 9200 feet, in 1982 to 10,000 feet. In the meantime, the airport had seen the arrival of its first "jumbo" aircraft in 1970, and of the first visit by "Concorde" in 1976. In 1975, the airport changed its name to "Manchester International Airport" and in 1986 "Manchester Airport PLC" was incorporated, at which time it changed its name to the present form: "Manchester Airport". In 1992 the Railway Station and the new Terminal 2 were opened.

Manchester Airport News

Manchester Airport news page - a daily updated airport news website:

Manchester Airport World Freight Centre

Nowadays, over 20 million passengers pass through its booking hall. Originally called "Ringway Airport", it is now the third biggest international air terminal in Britain. Rail linked to the city centre, it takes only 15 minutes to reach, though it is 10 miles out. Air traffic controllers currently handle 94 airlines, with over 170 world-wide destinations.In 1994, the airport handled over 73,000 metric tonnes of cargo and freight. It has come a long way since the City Council first decided to build a municipal "aerodrome" in 1929, and the first arrival of an "international" service landed in 1938 in the form of a KLM DC-2 from Amsterdam.

"The Best airport in the World"

Manchester Airport is unlike most other major UK airports in that it is not run by the British Airports Authority (BAA), as most are, but it is independently managed by Manchester Airport PLC, and owned by all 10 Metropolitan Boroughs which make up Greater Manchester. It is most proud of its independent status, and this is reflected in its mission to become "the Best World Airport".

Manchester Airport Parking

Manchester airport is the busiest outside of London and with three main terminals, it is easy to see why demand for Manchester Airport Parking is so high. There are several options when considering parking at Manchester airport with numerous companies offering both on and off-site, valet and meet and greet services, ensuring you will find something to suit your travel needs, and most importantly, your budget.

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This page last updated 2 Jan 13.