The key things you need to know about Manchester Airport this week – 30th September

As what would traditionally be a busy summer season at Manchester Airport draws to a close, the northern hub is sharing further updates and guidance with its passengers.

Some bars, restaurants and retailers have also changed their opening hours and practices, in line with new guidance issued by government.

Retail Offering

Following the introduction of new government guidance last week on the sale of food and beverages, bars and restaurants and some retail units on our side are now required to close between 10pm and 5am. Food is available from WHSmiths and Boots during these hours, however, unfortunately this will not include hot food, hot drinks or alcohol.

All required units are now displaying the NHS Track and Trace App posters, offering guests a quick and easy way to use the service. As this is mandatory under government regulations, all units will request guests to scan the NHS poster or use their own track and trace App/service.

Free water fountains remain available in Terminals One and Three to fill up empty bottles.

Now open:

  • Terminal One – JD Sports – airside
  • Terminal One – Zoodle – airside
  • Terminal One – Hamleys – airside
  • Terminal One – Accessorize – airside
  • Terminal One – Dixons – airside
  • Terminal One – WH Smith – landside and airside
  • Terminal One – Burger King – airside
  • Terminal One – Grain Loft – airside
  • Terminal One – Starbucks – airside
  • Terminal One – Fat Face – airside
  • Terminal One – Pret a Manger – airside and landside
  • Terminal One – Biza – duty free
  • Terminal One – Playnation – airside
  • Terminal One – Timberland – airside
  • Terminal One – Boots – landside and airside
  • Terminal One – Greggs – landside
  • Terminal One – Spar – landside
  • Terminal One – Next – airside
  • Terminal One – AeroSpa – airside
  • Terminal One – Direct Dry Cleaning – landside
  • Terminal One – Excess Baggage – landside
  • Terminal One – Jo Malone/Bobbi Brown – airside
  • Terminal One – Attitude – airside
  • Terminal One – Upper Crust – airside
  • Terminal One – Café Balzar – airside
  • Terminal One – Biza (Duty Free) – arrivals
  • Terminal One – Dune – airside
  • Terminal One – Victoria’s Secret – airside
  • Terminal One – Temptation – airside
  • Terminal One – Giraffe – airside
  • Terminal One – Bar MCR – airside
  • Terminal One – Travelex Bureau – airside and landside
  • Terminal Three – WH Smiths – landside (arrivals)
  • Terminal Three – Boots – airside
  • Terminal Three – Pork & Pickle – airside
  • Terminal Three – WH Smith – airside
  • Terminal Three – Caffe Nero – landside
  • Terminal Three – Biza – duty free
  • Terminal Three – Lion & Antelope – airside
  • Terminal Three – KFC – airside
  • Terminal Three – Costa Coffee – airside
  • Terminal Three – Travelex Bureau – airside and landside
  • Terminal Three – Accessorize – airside
  • Terminal Three – WH Smith – second kiosk store – airside
  • Ground Transport Interchange – Caffe Nero

The following services are now also available:

  • Travelex Click & Collect now available, order before you travel and collect in store. Simply visit https://www.travelex.co.uk/our-stores/manchester-airport
  • Travelex VAT Refund service now available at all Bureau desks (open 5am-7pm). T1 Check In (opposite Emirates desks), T1 Airside (after security), T3 Landside.


Throughout the pandemic the airport has worked closely with its airlines and retailers to align its operations with passenger demand, to deliver the best possible customer experience.

To efficiently meet the current capacity and demand for travel, all flights are operating from Terminals One and Three at present. Flights which usually operate from Terminal Two will now be departing and arriving from Terminal One until further notice. Passengers are advised to check which terminal they’re flying from before arriving at the airport.

Travel Corridors:

Passengers should be aware that they will now need to quarantine on return to the UK if travelling to destinations removed from the travel corridors list. They are reminded to check the latest Government guidance on travel corridors and requirements upon returning to the UK: www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors

In the past week, Denmark, Iceland, Curaçao and Slovakia have been removed from the travel corridors list.

Passengers should note that travel corridors are now being implemented in a more nuanced way. The new approach allows the Government to regionalise data and include or exclude certain islands or territories from the list – for instance, those returning from mainland Portugal are required to quarantine, but the Azores and Madeira are exempt.

It is also important to take account of the latest Foreign and Commonwealth Travel advice relating to any restrictions in your destination, available at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Some carriers might cancel services to destinations that are removed from the list, so passengers should check with their airline if they have any specific flight enquiries.

UK Government Passenger Locator Form

With the Government’s relaxation of quarantine, and introduction of travel corridors, all passengers arriving into Manchester Airport need to be ready for UK Border control by completing a Passenger Locator Form. Upon arrival they will need to show either a print-out of the form or have it on their phone. A link to access the Government’s form is here: https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk

Safety Measures

The airport continues to operate a range of safety measures to keep all passengers and staff safe. These include wearing face coverings, enhanced cleaning, Perspex screens, bookable security slots and temperature checks. Details on all of the measures can be found here: www.manchesterairport.co.uk/coronavirus

The airport also encourages passengers to watch this video before coming to the airport, to ensure they are as prepared as possible: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=066EkSedbFo

Karen Smart, MD at Manchester Airport, said:

“This has been a particularly challenging summer season for our airport and for our industry as a whole. We are very proud of the way that our colleagues and partners have risen to these challenges, however, and we remain committed to ensuring we deliver the best possible passenger experience in the circumstances.

“Passenger safety always has been, and always will be, our number one priority and a lot of excellent work is being done behind the scenes to ensure we accommodate new guidance and fast-paced changes to the regulations in place.

“This week has seen further substantial changes to the guidance our on-site food and beverage outlets are working under, and we are pleased with the smooth transition we have made to these new ways of operating. We are keeping our Covid-19 safety measures under constant review, so that we can make timely, proactive changes if and when needed.”

For more information see www.manchesterairport.co.uk/coronavirus