Christmas travel tips from Manchester Airport

On the eve of December 1st, a cheeky little visitor arrived into Manchester Airport. Since his arrival, #RunwayJoe has been having fun and visiting different parts of the airport each day. Our Elf on the Shelf has kindly thought of some travel tips to help make your trip a breeze this festive season.

Christmas Crackers

We want you to have a cracking Christmas but we advise that you check with your airline if you can take crackers on-board your flight.




Liquid restrictions

Don’t miss out on your Christmas dinner by packing your favourite condiments in your hand luggage. It’s best to double check what counts as a liquid before you fly and yes a snow globe counts as a liquid too! More information can be found on the government hand luggage restrictions website: https://www.gov.uk/hand-luggage-restrictions




Water bottles & fountains

Even though you aren’t allowed to travel with liquids over 100ml, we encourage our passengers to bring their very own empty refillable bottles with them to the airport. We have fountains in each terminal. Just try not to make a splash like #RunwayJoe





It’s Christmas which means lots of you lovely passengers are likely to be travelling with gifts for loved ones. As much as we love seeing your snazzy wrapping paper, we advise that you please keep these presents un-wrapped. Security officers may need to see what’s beneath the wrapping and we wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise!

If flying through Terminal One you can take them to Paperchase to be beautifully wrapped for just £1!


Restricted items

Another thing that #RunwayJoe has learnt since his visit to the airport is that passengers need to think about the presents they carry in hand luggage. We’d hate to have to confiscate little Timmy’s toy gun or Uncle Albert's cheese knives!





Winter clothing

We know it’s cold outside but don’t forget to take your layers off before you reach security to ensure a smooth journey through.





Baby food

If you’re travelling with a baby over the festive period, you can take as much baby milk and food as you need for the journey. You can find out more information here: https://www.gov.uk/hand-luggage-restrictions/baby-food-and-baby-milk




Hidden disabilities

Our Hidden Disabilities scheme is here for anyone who needs extra time and support for their airport journey this Christmas. We offer passengers a special sunflower lanyard to wear on your journey through our airport. This will identify you to staff as someone who may need additional support or understanding.

To pick up a lanyard at Manchester, please go to one of our Assistance Reception areas. These are available within our Check-in halls in Terminal 1 A and B, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. Don’t worry about pre-booking these, we will be happy to give you a lanyard, even if you haven't requested or need special assistance.

Find out more information here: https://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/help/special-assistance/hidden-disabilities/

Terminal maps & guides

If you’re travelling to Manchester Airport this Christmas and you’re not sure where to go, our terminal maps give you a bird’s eye view and are a great place to look before you arrive. For more information: https://maps.manchesterairport.co.uk/

Don’t worry about getting hungry at the airport, there are lots of yummy places to grab something to eat or drink. The terminal guides give you more information about shops & restaurants, including menus: https://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/at-the-airport/


Roads and rail network

Roads and rail network can be a lot busier over the Christmas period so always plan your route and leave plenty of time to arrive at the airport. Remember, we have lots of transport links to and from the airport, including the train station, Metrolink and bus links.


#RunwayJoe and everyone at Manchester Airport wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year