- Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Brussels Airlines, airBaltic and Ethiopian Airlines to move this week after successful launches from Jet2.com, TUI and Singapore Airlines
- Flagship Terminal Two extension opened last week
- M&S and Accessorize to welcome first customers this week
- Passengers recommended to check their terminal and check latest guidance before travelling
- To see highlights from the opening day and passenger vox pops: LINK
19 July 2021
Passengers travelling to all corners of the globe will now get to experience Manchester Airport’s new “super terminal.”
The flagship facility opened to its first customers last week, with flights initially being operated by Jet.com, TUI and then Singapore Airlines.
After the success of these operations – and as travel restrictions ease from today (19th July) – the Northern gateway has confirmed the next wave of airlines that will start flying from the new state-of-the-art T2.
A series of new shops, bars and restaurants have also opened their doors for the first time, with details below.
The Terminal Two extension opened to the public on 14th July with Jet2.com as the first airline. This was swiftly followed by TUI operating from there on 15th July.
Singapore Airlines followed next, moving over on Saturday; the next airlines to move will be Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Brussels Airlines tomorrow on 20th July. airBaltic will then go over on 21st July, followed by Ethiopian Airlines on 22nd July.
airBaltic is a new carrier at Manchester Airport; it started services to Riga in Latvia earlier this month. Singapore Airlines has flown from Manchester Airport for more than 30 years and will once again connect the North to the Far East and beyond through the excellent onward connectivity at the carrier’s Changi Airport.
Passengers travelling with these airlines from the dates above should now use Terminal Two. If anyone has Manchester Airport car park or lounge bookings, these will be moved across and customers notified accordingly.
As summer progresses and international travel restrictions ease, further airlines will move across and they will be communicated appropriately. Passengers can also keep an eye on the airport’s social media channels for the latest advice, guidance and information.
Retail, Food and Drink
As well as offering the latest innovations in travel to enhance the customer experience, the new Terminal Two also offers a range of exciting shops, bars and restaurants. With options to suit every taste and budget, passengers will be spoilt for choice.
Initially only a handful of units have opened, in line with current passenger numbers. These include popular Manchester brands such as Archie’s and the Amber Alehouse, in partnership with Se7en Brothers, in addition to well-known high street names including Pret-a-Manger and Costa Coffee.
On Wednesday, M&S will open its new store in Terminal Two Arrivals, with Accessorize’s outlet in Departures also due to open to customers on Thursday. The remaining units will open as more airlines move across as passenger numbers increase. For more information on what will be available see here.
In addition to the bars and restaurants, passengers can also enjoy Manchester Airport’s two lounges – Escape and 1903. The lounges have a combined capacity of 400 passengers and are located on the upper level of the enlarged terminal. They are accessed from the main departure lounge and both benefit from floor to ceiling windows, providing panoramic views over the airfield.
Escape Lounge prices start from £19.99 and 1903 Lounge from £32.50. Both can be booked online at www.manchesterairport.co.uk/at-the-airport/airport-lounges/
Government Advice and Restrictions
In addition to checking the latest airport information, passengers are also advised to keep abreast of Government restrictions and advice. This includes testing, quarantine, what passengers need to do before they travel, as each country/destination will have its own requirements, plus what they need to do on return. www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
Manchester Airport has extensive testing facilities on site, offering pre and post travel options. All the information and prices can be found here: https://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/coronavirus/testing/
Covid-19 safety measures and processes
Throughout the pandemic Manchester Airport has had a range of Covid-19 safety measures in place. These include face coverings, Perspex screens and enhanced cleaning. The new terminal has all the necessary measures in place to ensure passenger safety. The airport also continues to follow the latest Government and Public Health England advice, as it has done throughout the pandemic. For all the latest information see www.manchesterairport.co.uk/coronavirus
Karen Smart, Managing Director of Manchester Airport, said:
“Last week was such a huge and poignant milestone in Manchester Airport’s 83-year history as we opened our new Terminal Two extension.
“As the Government continues to cautiously lift the lid on international travel restrictions, and gives more freedom to double vaccinated passengers, its great to see more of our airline partners resume services, increase frequencies and move across to their new home in Terminal Two.
“Not only will opening the new terminal help with our Covid-19 recovery, as passenger demand hopefully increases as more countries are added to the green list, but it will also give our customers the best experience as they jet off on their holidays.
“We understand many people haven’t flown in a long time due to the pandemic, but I’d like to reassure all our customers as we continue to implement the highest quality Covid-19 safety measures across Manchester Airport.”