Manchester Airport is at Ringway in the City of Manchester which is within Greater Manchester. The terminals are 8.6 miles south of Manchester city centre.
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The airport is owned by Manchester Airports Group (MAG) which is run by the ten metropolitan borough councils of Greater Manchester.
There are three passenger terminals, and two parallel runways at Manchester Airport.
Manchester Airport is the third busiest Airport in the UK, and the largest UK airport outside of the London region.
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Arrivals/Departures & Scanner Frequencies
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Manchester Airport Scanner Frequencies:
Approach/Dir - 121.350
Radar - 118.575, 135.000
Tower - 118.625, 119.400
Ground - 121.850, 125.375
ATIS - 128.175 (arrival), 121.975 (departure)
Manchester Airport or Ringway Airport as it was originally called, fully opened in 1938. During World War II it was RAF Ringway and was used for military aircraft production and parachute training. In 1972, the M56 motorway opened to the airport. In 1993, the airport railway station opened, and despite major protests the second runway was built from 1997 to 2001.
There are three passenger terminals which are linked to each other and the airport railway station. The airport offers regular direct services to 190 destinations worldwide by over sixty airlines.
Terminal 1 is used mainly by Star Alliance airline members such as Lufthansa, and Swiss International Air Lines. Also other scheduled and charter operations use this terminal. Terminal 1 is the largest terminal and underwent a major redevelopment programme in 2009. Emirates currently operate the Airbus A380 from terminal 1 and other airlines are also interested in operating A380 flights from Manchester Airport.
Terminal 2 is mainly used by SkyTeam airline members and long-haul and charter airlines flying to international destinations only. Based at Terminal 2 are Strategic Airlines, Thomson Airways, Virgin Atlantic, and Monarch. This terminal began redevelopment in 2007 to improve security and enhance retail and catering services. It was announced in June 2015 that the airport would have an expansion taking 10 years to complete including adding new piers, a larger security hall, and more outlets. There will also be a connecting hallway to Terminal 3.
Terminal 3 is used mainly for airlines offering domestic routes but also some sceduled European flights and a few intercontinental flights. BMI, Flybe, and Ryanair are based at this terminal. This Terminal is to get a major expansion as well as connecting to Terminal 2.
Getting to Manchester Airport
The airport is a 20 minute drive from Manchester city centre and is reached by the M56 motorway, with a dedicated approach road from the motorway at junction 5. The Sat Nav postcode is M90 1QX
The Station, Manchester Airport's integrated transport hub, offers fast and frequent train services linking the airport with over 100 destinations across the North of England and beyond. Frequent direct services run to and from with TransPennine Express
and Northern Rail
, run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
currently runs on four lines out from the city centre towards: Altrincham, Bury, Eccles, and South Manchester. Airport passengers can connect to the Metrolink via rail services between the airport and Manchester Piccadilly and with Arriva bus services
18 and 18A to Altrincham.
Manchester Airport is well served by a network of local and regional buses running daily from early morning to late night, including weekends and bank holidays. There is now a 24 hour bus service operating to/from Manchester Airport. Long-distance coach services are operated by National Express.
Arrow Cars offer an independent private hire service located at each terminal and Hackney cabs are located at each terminal.
• Car Parking
• Drop off & Pick up