Manchester Airport

Airport Information

Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport is a major international airport, located around eight miles south of Manchester city centre. It is the third busiest airport in Britain and one of only two airports in the country with two runways.

Manchester Airport is the global gateway to the North of England. Every year we handle around 19 million passengers, using over 60 airlines flying direct to around 200 destinations. With around 19,000 people employed directly on-site, our growth is shared by our city and the whole region.

The cargo operation at Manchester has been growing from a relatively small base throughout our history, and has shown significant growth in recent years.

Manchester Airport has won prestigious industry recognition for customer service, and holds the title of ‘Best UK Airport’. We’re active and engaged in our local communities, with a positive approach to corporate responsibility. You can find out more about this, and discover a range of opportunities in jobs, property and business development at our dedicated website:

Manchester Airports Group

The Manchester Airports Group umbrella consists of the operations of Manchester Airport, alongside London Stansted and East Midlands. MAG Property and Cargo Operations also come under the remit of our brand, representing Manchester Airport as the global gateway to the North of England and beyond.

Airport Profile

  • Cargo

    Manchester Airport is a global gateway to the North of England. Manchester Airport currently handles around 100,000 tonnes of import and export freight and mail annually, connecting the North of England to 160 destinations around the world.

    Manchester Airport’s cargo facility, the World Freight Terminal, is a community of more than 1,000 professionals managing freight-only aircraft as well as consignments that arrive or depart in the holds of passenger aircraft. Having grown to meet the increasing demands on importers and exporters across the country, our 24/7 service operates from 60,000 square metres of warehouse and office space for a comprehensive air cargo support system.

    Manchester’s largest cargo markets are the Far East, North America and the Middle East, with daily flights connecting to all of these destinations.

  • Community

    Manchester Airport has developed a strong partnership with the local communities neighbouring the site. Key to our success has been our public commitment to community programmes and to maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with our neighbours. Find out more about Manchester Airport’s commitment to building on our past success, with the intent of making our immediate community a key part of any future success going forward.

    For an overview of our work of the last year please see our 2017-2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report and see our June Community News and June Wythenshawe Community News for seasonal updates.

    In celebration of our 80th Birthday Manchester Airport has produced its own children’s book; called “Reach For The Sky”. The book, aimed at Primary School children, tells an enchanting story about travel, determination and achieving your dreams. We published 5,000 and these have been distributed to support children’s reading across our catchment area.

  • Corporate Social Responsibility Report

    The aviation industry creates many economic benefits and social opportunities, despite a number of challenges such as climate change, air quality, noise disturbance and the rapidly changing security environment.

    Our Annual Report provides  an overview of how we manage these issues – what we said we would do over the last year, what we achieved and what we plan to do – which come together to form the various aspects of our sustainability programme.

  • About Manchester Airports Group

    Manchester Airports Group (MAG) is more than just a regional success story. As the largest UK owned airport operator, we contribute over £7bn to the UK economy and support over 130,000 jobs in the supply chain.

    MAG is a leading UK airport group and owns and operates three UK airports – Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands. The Group sees over 60 million passengers flying through its airports every year, which together employ over 40,000 people on site.

    MAG also has a substantial property business, with over £640 million of investment property assets across its airports, and has a 50% investment in the £1 billion, 5 million sq ft Airport City development at Manchester Airport. Its MAG USA business works with airports to develop and operate terminal and retail solutions, passenger lounges and car parking facilities.

Airport News

MAG announces Ken O’Toole as new Group CEO

Manchester Airports Group (MAG) today announced the appointment of Ken O’Toole as its next Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr O’Toole will take over as Group CEO on 1 October 2023 from Charlie Cornish, who …

Manchester Airport reveals plans to open 27 new shops and restaurants in Terminal Two

Manchester Airport has unveiled plans for 27 new eateries and retail units in its brand-new Terminal Two, as part of its £1.3bn transformation programme. The extended departure lounge will feature a food market serving a variety …

MAG announces £440m investment in final phase of £1.3bn Manchester Airport Transformation Programme

New facilities will provide a great airport experience and attract new routes to the UK’s global gateway in the North Investment will unlock billions in economic value for the North, supporting thousands of new jobs …

Manchester Airport performance update as school holidays begin

Manchester Airport has provided an update on its recovery ahead of the start of the peak summer season. All schools within the airport’s catchment have now broken up, with more than 3.5m people set to travel …

Landmark achieved for Airport City Manchester hotels

The construction of two new hotels at Airport City Manchester has been completed, marking a major milestone for the project. Beijing Construction Engineering Group International (BCEGI), joint venture partner in Airport City Manchester, has finished work …

Manchester Airport announces phased reopening of T3 and plans to operate both runways as travel recovery continues

The easing of travel restrictions has seen a significant uplift in demand from passengers Some passengers set to return via Terminal Three from this Sunday, with flights to use both runways from 5th April Half …


Manchester Airport
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