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Manchester Airport general information

If you're flying from Manchester Airport, we've collected the essential 'must-know' information you'll need to ensure your trip gets off to the perfect stress-free start:

Which terminal

Manchester has three terminals, so find out where you’re flying from by logging on to Manchester Airport’s terminal guide where you’ll find an easy-to-read list.  

Manchester Airport parking

If you need car parking at Manchester Airport, then check out our extensive range of airport parking to find the perfect solution for your needs. From budget-priced off-airport car parks to on-airport facilities just minutes from the terminal doors, choose the ideal option to suit your needs. There’s no need to worry about security either, many of our Manchester Airport car parks have been awarded the police-approved Park Mark Safer Parking Award, meaning a safe and secure environment for you and your vehicle.  Enter your travel dates now and secure a parking space at this busy international airport.

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Manchester Airport hotel and parking packages

APH offers a wide range of hotels near Manchester Airport; from hotels for those who are on a budget, to luxury hotels for those who want to make the most of their overnight stay. You can book a room on its own or if you are getting to the airport by car, save money by booking a package which combines a stay at Manchester Airport hotels with parking.

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Manchester Airport hotels

Manchester is served by some great hotels, so if you want to enjoy a pre-flight stop-over, check out our list of nearby hotels here.

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Manchester Airport lounges

Escape the crowds at Manchester Airport by booking into one of Escape Lounges operating across all three terminals. Sit back and enjoy a range of complimentary refreshments and services, including WiFi, free bar and a selection of teas, coffees and fresh fruit juices.

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All about Manchester Airport

Construction of Manchester Airport (originally known as Ringway Airport) started in June 1937 and completed by the following summer. It now has two runways and three terminals, which handled more than 25 million passengers in 2016 – making it the UK’s third-busiest airport and 21st most-used in Europe. Travellers can use Manchester Airport to reach more than 200 destinations around the globe. It’s located 7.5 miles from the centre of Manchester, from where future transport links are planned to include a new Metrolink tramline.

Getting There

Manchester Airport is accessed by the M56 and served by a raft of parking solutions. APH.com offers options from long-stay to short-stay, on- or off-airport and meet and greet parking. Just log on to APH.com now to get instant online quotes covering all these options. 

Check-in information

Manchester offers the following guidelines for when you should check-in for domestic, European and non-European international flights:

International flights:

Check-in opens four hours prior to departure

European flights:

Check-in three hours prior to departure

Domestic flights:

Check-in opens two hours prior to departure

Express check-in: Manchester Airport offers a service called ‘Express Check-in’, which uses self-service machines to help you check-in and beat the queues. The touch-screen machines are to be found in the departures lounge in all three terminals and allow you to print out your boarding card. Log on to the Express Check-in page here for a quick guide to the simple five-step procedure.

Mobile check-in information

Many airlines allow you to check in online from two to 24 hours before your departure. This allows you to choose your seat and swerve queues at the check-in desks. Simply arrive and drop-off your bags. Manchester Airport asks passengers to check with their airline to see if this service is offered:


Manchester Airport operates services to 200 destinations. Click here for a full list of destinations from Manchester Airport. 

Disabled Passenger Details

Manchester Airport offers wide-ranging assistance for disabled passengers. Log on to the Manchester Airport Accessibility guide here to find out how to ensure you get the help you need. 


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Where to Eat

Manchester has some great eateries to suit all tastes and requirements. We’ve compiled a guide to the best places to eat at Manchester Airport here.

Area for Kids

Manchester Airport has a play area for kids in Terminal 2. This offers a dedicated toddler section for under-3s along with a zone for slightly older children. The play zone is located in the Terminal 2 departures lounge next to Gate 213. 

Wi-Fi access

WiFi is free for 1 hour throughout the airport terminals and you can find out how to connect here.

Luggage Trolleys

Luggage trolleys are available at the airport and you can find the essential information here.

Luggage Lockers

If you’ve got a long wait for your flight, but don’t want to be burdened with bags, simply head to one of the luggage lockers. These can be found in Terminals 1 and 2, Arrivals Level. Storing bags will cost £5 per item per 24 hour period. 


If you have a last-minute medical issue, Boots have pharmacies located after security in all three terminals and in T1 arrivals. The stores open with the first flight of the day and close with the last.

Top Tip

Remember to buy baby milk from the airside store to avoid it being confiscated at security. Pre-order your milk here.

Viewing Areas

There’s so much more to do than simply watch planes at Manchester Airport. Check out its interactive guide to viewing areas, old planes to look around and so much more. Find the full Runway Visitor Park guide here

Airport map

Manchester Airport

Manchester, Manchester, M90 1QX

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Manchester, Manchester, M90 1QX


Manchester is directly accessible from junction 5 on the M56 which in turn is connected to the M6 and M60 for ease of access when travelling both North and South. Choose post code M90 1QX when using satnav.