Manchester Transport





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

Development of Manchester Airport

Tour Centre

Guided tours of Manchester Airport for groups. Email:

Society Spotter’s Club

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TAS Information
Centre Office

Winged Words and Flight Check publications. Tel: 0161-489 2443.

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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.

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

Manchester Airport News

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

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”.

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.

– Main Entry – Manchester Airport Parking

Airport Taxis
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This page last updated 2 Jan 13.