Manchester International Airport is the busiest airport in the UK outside of London, serving nearly 18 million passengers every year. Located nine miles (14km) outside of Manchester, the airport is made up of three terminals linked by covered skylink walkways with travelators.
The facilities at Manchester International Airport are a bit old, but still good; helpful staff members do their best to alleviate the occasionally overwhelming queues, however expansion plans are in the works to combat the congestion.
Acting as a regional base for easyJet, Flybe, Jet2, Monarch, Ryanair and Virgin Atlantic, flights to Manchester International Airport are available from more than 190 cities, including Paris, Toronto, Chicago, London, Geneva, Brussels, Atlanta, Amsterdam, Sharm el-Sheikh, Alicante, Tenerife, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Frankfurt and Singapore.
The airport is situated 10 miles (17km) southwest of Manchester city centre.
Getting to the city
There are regular trains between the airport and Manchester Piccadilly railway station, which has connections to destinations throughout the UK. Buses service Manchester city centre as well as other local towns and cities. National Express operates coach services to cities all over the UK. All buses, coaches and trains leave from The Station, the airport's new transport interchange that is connected to all terminals by a covered walkway. Taxis are available outside all terminals.
GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Tel: +44 (0)161 489 8000.
Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt.
Transfer between terminals
The Skylink system links Terminals 1, 2 and 3.
There are restaurants, shops and bars in all three terminals. Other facilities include ATMs, bureaux de change, hairdresser and left luggage. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs should inform their airline or travel agent in advance.
Short-term parking at Manchester International Airport is charged at £2.20 for the for the first 30 minutes, £4 for an hour, £8 for two hours, £12 for four hours and so on up to £27 per day. Long-term parking is charged at £27 for the first day, £40 for two days, and £10 per day thereafter. It is a good idea to book parking in advance via the website in the peak summer season, as the car park can be full.
Flights to Manchester International Airport are available via Aer Lingus, US Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Cyprus Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, TAP Portugal, Thomas Cook, Finnair, Jet2.com, Lufthansa, Monarch, KLM, Ryanair, Air France, British Airways, bmi, easyJet and Flybe.
Wifi is available, and free for the first 30 minutes.
The airport has several VIP lounges. There aren't any conference facilities within the airport, however the attached Radisson Hotel has meeting facilities for up to 350 delegates and a 24-hour business centre.
Manchester Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.