Manchester Airport gears up for its busiest weekend ever


Manchester Airport is gearing itself up for one of its busiest weekends ever.

The UK’s third largest airport is expecting Friday 23rd August to be the busiest day in its 81-year history.

More than 115,000 passengers expected to arrive and depart from the northern hub tomorrow, with a total of around 430,000 passengers expected to travel over the bank holiday weekend.

Manchester Airport is advising customers on how to make their journey as smooth as possible.


Plan your journey

  • Leave plenty of time to arrive at the airport. Passengers are advised to check-in at least three hours in advance of long-haul flights and two hours ahead for short-haul.
  • Highways England has the most up to date advice on the road network, while National Rail can advise on the latest with trains.
  • If driving, ensure you pre-book your parking as the airport’s car parks are very busy this summer.


At the airport

Passengers can be prepared by:

  • Having all their liquids, gels and pastes (no more than 100ml each) in a clear plastic bag
  • Coats and belts should be removed and large electrical items brought out of hand luggage ready for the security tray

If a tray requires further inspection, one of the security team will search it.

During the summer months on average around 12,000 bags per day get rejected and sent for additional searches. This is often because passengers have left liquids in their bags.

On average it can add another 5-10 minutes onto people’s journey time through security. (Multiply this by 12,000 instances and the minutes and hours soon add up!)


Passengers with reduced mobility and hidden disabilities

Any passengers with reduced mobility needing assistance are advised to book this in advance with their airline to avoid any delays to their journey through the airport.

This can be for all levels of reduced mobility and for passengers with a range of issues. All the information and contacts can be found here.

Manchester Airport also offers help for passengers with hidden disabilities to ensure they have a smooth transition through the airport.

Passengers can pick up a sunflower lanyard from the assistance desk in each terminal. Staff are specially trained to give the right care and service to these passengers.

The airport is also trialling a new quiet space in Terminal One for passengers with hidden disabilities to relax away from the busy departure lounge ahead of their flights.

If people require access to the Sunflower Room, they can speak to the assistance desk who will provide the location.

An additional 68 special assistance staff have also recently been employed at the airport.



Passengers can now also use the free wifi in the terminals for longer as the airport continues to make improvements to the passenger experience.


Brad Miller, Chief Operating Officer at Manchester Airport, said: “We’re now in the middle of the summer holidays and handling more than 100,000 passengers a day.

“As we gear up for our busiest weekend ever on the bank holiday, we’re asking passengers to ensure they’re fully prepared when they arrive at the airport to ensure their journey through is as smooth as possible.

“We hope everyone passing through Manchester Airport has a fantastic trip.”

Manchester Airport is the largest airport outside London, reaching over 210 destinations served by 70 airlines.



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