Five further airlines set to move into airport’s new-look Terminal Two this week
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Passengers travelling to all corners of the globe will now get to experience Manchester Airport’s new ‘super terminal.’
The flagship facility opened to its first customers last week, with flights initially being operated by Jet.com, TUI and then Singapore Airlines.
After the success of these operations – and as travel restrictions ease from today (July 19) – the Northern gateway has confirmed the next wave of airlines that will start flying from the new state-of-the-art T2.
The Terminal Two extension opened to the public on July 14, with Jet2.com as the first airline. This was swiftly followed by TUI operating from there on July 15.
Singapore Airlines followed next, moving over on Saturday, July 17, while the next airlines to move will be Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Brussels Airlines tomorrow, on July 20 – airBaltic will then go over on July 21, followed by Ethiopian Airlines on July 22.
The airBaltic operation is new to Manchester Airport. It started services to Riga in Latvia earlier this month. Singapore Airlines has flown from Manchester Airport for more than 30 years and will once again connect the North to the Far East and beyond through the excellent onward connectivity at the carrier’s Changi Airport.
As summer progresses and international travel restrictions ease, further airlines will move across.
A series of new shops, bars and restaurants have also opened their doors for the first time.
Initially only a handful of units have opened, in line with current passenger numbers. These include popular Manchester brands such as Archie’s and the Amber Alehouse, in partnership with Se7en Brothers, in addition to well known high street names including Pret-a-Manger and Costa Coffee.
On Wednesday, M&S will open its new store in Terminal Two Arrivals, with Accessorize’s outlet in Departures also due to open to customers on Thursday. The remaining units will open as more airlines move across as passenger numbers increase.
Passengers can also enjoy Manchester Airport’s two lounges – Escape and 1903. The lounges have a combined capacity of 400 passengers and are located on the upper level of the enlarged terminal. They are accessed from the main departure lounge and both benefit from floor to ceiling windows, providing panoramic views over the airfield.
Manchester Airport managing director, Karen Smart, said: “Last week was such a huge and poignant milestone in Manchester Airport’s 83-year history as we opened our new Terminal Two extension.
“As the Government continues to cautiously lift the lid on international travel restrictions, and gives more freedom to double vaccinated passengers, it’s great to see more of our airline partners resume services, increase frequencies and move across to their new home in Terminal Two.
“Not only will opening the new terminal help with our COVID-19 recovery, as passenger demand hopefully increases as more countries are added to the green list, but it will also give our customers the best experience as they jet off on their holidays.”
She added: “We understand many people haven’t flown in a long time due to the pandemic, but I’d like to reassure all our customers as we continue to implement the highest quality COVID-19 safety measures across Manchester Airport.”