Manchester Airport set to wave off over 9,000 City fans hopeful of 'Turkish delight' in Champions League final
- More than 9,000 supporters set to travel on 39 outbound flights to Istanbul over Thursday, Friday and Saturday
- Airport advises travelling fans to allow plenty of time for their journey to the airport, make sure they have all of their travel documents ready and ensure hand luggage complies with security rules
- Greater Manchester Police provides additional support and encourages fans to drink responsibly
More than 9,000 fans are set to fly from Manchester Airport to Istanbul ahead of this weekend’s UEFA Champions League Final.
A total of 39 flights will depart from Manchester to the Turkish host city over the course of Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning, with many of these chartered specifically for Manchester City fans.
City will face Italian side Internazionale on Saturday evening, bidding to become champions of Europe for the first time.
And airport teams will wave them off in style, with a series of special touches set to be in place to wish the fans good luck.
The Airport is encouraging travelling fans to ensure they are well prepared ahead of their trips to Turkey, allowing plenty of time for their journey to the airport. Fans are also being encouraged to plan their journeys home after the final in advance, with industrial action on Greater Manchester’s Metrolink network expected on Saturday and Sunday.
Chris Woodroofe, Managing Director of Manchester Airport, said: “We know that this is a hugely important occasion for Manchester City fans and we’re looking forward to helping them get their journey off to the right start.
“We’re working closely with partners including the football club, airlines and Greater Manchester Police to ensure passengers have a positive experience.
“It is important that you allow plenty of time for your journey to the airport, keep an eye on service updates if you are travelling here via public transport, check which terminal you’re travelling from and arrive here at the earliest time your airline recommends.
“You should also make sure that you bring all relevant travel documents with you, and make sure that your hand luggage complies with the 100ml rule on liquids, gels and pastes, to avoid any hold-ups.”
Meanwhile, police are advising fans not to ruin their trips and risk missing the final by over-indulging on their way to Istanbul.
Superintendent Helen Caldbeck, GMP’s commander at Manchester Airport, said: “GMP wants to wish Manchester City fans travelling to Istanbul an enjoyable, safe, and trouble-free journey.
“We expect excitement for the Champions League Final to radiate throughout the airport this week as fans start their journeys. Extra police officers will be on duty and working with colleagues at Manchester Airport to keep you safe.
“As with all football matches, the vast majority of Man City supporters travelling will be genuine fans who simply want to enjoy the game. We encourage you to behave responsibly and represent Manchester with pride.
“Don’t risk spoiling your experience by excessively drinking or by being involved in anti-social behaviour.
“If you see anything suspicious, feel unsafe or have any concerns which require police assistance or support, speak with one of our officers, they are there to help you. You can also dial 101 or report something you’ve seen or heard online via www.gmp.police.uk.
“Details can be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”