Manchester Airport to close two terminals following collapse of aviation sector

Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport has announced it is closing two of its terminals as a result of the dramatic collapse of the aviation sector.

The airport, which is one of the city’s biggest employers, has already announced job cuts, enforced lay-offs and pay cuts as it grapples with the coronavirus crisis.

And now it has announced it is looking to operate from a single terminal.

The airport will operate from one terminal from next week.

A Manchester Airport spokesman said: “Like all airports across the world, Manchester Airport has experienced a significant fall in passenger volumes as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Given this reduction in departing and arriving flights, and the likelihood traffic will decline further, we have taken the decision to work towards operating from a single terminal.

“This will happen on Wednesday 25th March and all flights that were due to depart from Terminal Two and Terminal Three, will now do so from Terminal One.

“This means passengers should check-in and pass through security in Terminal One from this date.

“Anyone due to return to Manchester Airport will arrive into Terminal One, regardless of the Terminal they originally departed from. Those due to collect passengers from the Airport should also be aware of this change.”

The spokesman added: “In some instances, where people find themselves returning to a different Terminal from which they departed, and have a vehicle in one of Manchester Airport’s car parks, we will make the necessary arrangements for these customers to collect their vehicles and will be in touch with them in due course to explain how this will work.

“Anyone who has booked car parking or lounge access for Terminals Two or Three, and will be travelling on or after 25th March, will be able to transfer their booking to Terminal One.

“Those who have booked directly with us will be contacted proactively by email at the appropriate time. Those who have booked through a third party should contact the agent they used.

“Throughout this transition, we will have colleagues on hand to help passengers and will have extra wayfinding in place to guide people to the right places.

“More information on the change in terminals can be found on our website, or passengers can follow our social media channels for the latest advice and help.

“We would like to thank our customers for their understanding, and would also like to place on record our thanks to our colleagues, who have shown huge dedication and professionalism during this challenging time.”

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