Fast facts

Some handy facts about Manchester Airport


  • There are three terminals at Manchester Airport;
    • Terminal One, opened in 1962 by the Duke of Edinburgh
    • Terminal Two, opened by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1993, then extended in a £1bn transformation plan from 2015 and reopened in July 2021.
    • Terminal Three, originally Terminal A, opened by Diana Princess of Wales in 1989.
  • Manchester Airport officially opened in June 1938
  • Runway Two was officially opened in February 2001 by Tony Blair
  • Manchester Airport has two full length runways – the only UK airport other than Heathrow to have this.
  • In June 2015 Manchester Airport announced a 10 year, £1bn plan to transform the airport to ensure future growth and to improve the customer experience – the centrepiece of which is the new Terminal Two extension which opened in July 2021.
  • Manchester Airport’s Escape Lounge can be found in all three terminals, and its premium 1903 lounge in Terminal Two.
  • The Runway Visitor Park (RVP) on site is one of the top ten attractions in Greater Manchester
  • The RVP is home to Concorde, which offers tours throughout the year. Entrance to the park is free, guests just pay for parking, aircraft tours and event tickets
  • More than 1.5 million bottles of water and 40,000 bottles of champagne, 1.8 million books and over a million packs of cigarettes are bought by passengers every year in the Airport’s shops and restaurants.

Route Network

  • Manchester is the UK’s third largest airport after London Heathrow and Gatwick with 29.4m annual passengers (2019)
  • In total MAG airports (Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands) have over 60m annual passengers (2019).
  • Manchester Airport currently serves over 110 destinations in 42 countries
  • The airport is served by more than 30 airlines
  • Manchester offers a range of long haul routes, some of which are not available anywhere else in the UK outside London: Houston, Jeddah, Singapore, Hong Kong and more

Global Gateway to the North

  • Manchester’s long-haul catchment area places around 22 million people and 60% of all UK businesses within a two-hour drive time – it extends north through the Lake District into Scotland; east across Yorkshire and the North East; south to Birmingham and the Midlands; and west into Merseyside and Wales.
  • The World Freight Terminal on site handles over 50,000 tonnes of cargo each year
  • Manchester Airport is part of Manchester Airports Group (MAG) which also owns and operates London Stansted and East Midlands Airport
  • MAG also owns MAG Property – a £600m property business across all four airports. It also holds a stake in Airport City, an £800m commercial premises project on land near Manchester Airport, which is a UK first.

In the Community

  • Over 60,000 jobs are directly or indirectly supported by the airport across the North.
  • Manchester Airport is one of the UK’s largest art sponsors - more than £8 million has been donated over the Airport’s history
  • AeroZone provides a free educational space for schools and youth groups, giving children the chance to learn about how the airport works and the careers available to them.
  • More than £4m has been donated to good causes across Manchester and north Cheshire by the airport’s Community Trust Fund since it was established in 1997.