Manchester Airport Informational Guide to Manchester International Airport - MAN - Non Official

Our Review of Manchester Airport

Our Review of Manchester Airport

At Plan Your Trips, we have analyzed hundreds of airports around the world, gaining a clear understanding of what users expect when visiting an airport. With this know-how, we have created this guide, placing passengers at the forefront of everything, aiming to simplify and enhance the airport experience.

In this guide, our goal is to present information in a manner that is both quick and reliable. Recognizing that passengers often have limited time and may be in a hurry, we strive to ensure that they do not waste time unnecessarily.

Another key focus of our guide is to highlight the strengths of the airport and also the weaknesses, and in some cases, offer recommendations to travelers. In alignment with this approach, we provide users with aggregated information on delays and on-time performance, analyzing both airlines and individual flights.

Pros and Cons of Manchester Airport


Location: Manchester Airport is conveniently located about 14 km southwest of Manchester city centre, making it easily accessible. It serves as a gateway to Northwest England and is well-connected to the city by road, rail, and public transport.

Hub: Manchester airport is a hub for Virgin Atlantic and a Focus city for Aer Lingus UK, EasyJet,, Ryanair and TUI Airways.

Left Luggage: Operated by Excess Baggage, including Bag Wrapping, Travel Goods & Bag Weighing services.

Accessibility: Provides easy access from the city centre and a range of transportation choices, such as buses, trains, and taxis.

Clean & Modern Facilities: There are many different stores, eateries, and lounges in the airport, among other contemporary amenities.



Capacity Restrictions: The airport may get crowded during periods of high travel demand, which might result in longer wait times and an unpleasant experience.

Limited Long-Haul Connectivity: Manchester Airport is not an important hub for international airlines; it provides fewer international long-haul destinations compared to other European airports.

Immigration Queues: Extended waiting times at immigration have been a notable issue, with some reports of delays during busy periods.

Mini-Guide of the Airport (2' Guide)

There are Three Terminals: Manchester Airport consists of three passenger Terminals. Terminal 1, 2 and 3. Transfers between terminals may require a shuttle bus, so ensure you know which terminal your flight departs from to plan your time accordingly.

Transport to and from Manchester: There are several ways to get to and from the airport, including buses, trains, taxis, and private shuttles. There is a rail station at the airport with regular service to Manchester Piccadilly and other locations. Private transportation and taxis are dependable choices, particularly if you arrive late at night.

Check-in Areas: Each terminal has its own check-in area:

  • Terminal 1: Check-in area is located in level 3
  • Terminal 2: Check-in area is located in level 2
  • Terminal 3: Check-in area is located in level 3

Shopping & Dining: The airport features a variety of shops, restaurants, and cafes across all terminals. Whether you’re looking for duty-free shopping, dining options, or last-minute travel essentials, you’ll find plenty of choices.

Lounges: The airport is home to a number of different lounge options. Before your flight, lounges like the Escape Lounge provide food, drinks, cozy seats, and a quiet area to unwind.

Additional Services: The airport provides free Wi-Fi, special assistance services for passengers with reduced mobility, and various business services including meeting rooms and work-spaces.

Tips: Arrive early during peak travel times to avoid long queues, especially at check-in and security. Utilize the airport’s official app for real-time updates on your flight and other essential information.

How we calculate On Time Performance

On various pages of our website, you will encounter a metric widely utilized in aviation and other forms of transportation known as OTP (On Time Performance). We believe that providing this metric assists passengers in planning their trips and exploring alternatives before purchasing their flight tickets.

We calculate the On Time Performance for all flights and airlines, when we have enough data to do so. In certain instances, it may not be feasible to accurately compute the On-Time Performance for a specific flight or airline due to inadequate or non-representative data, which could result in misleading conclusions.

Our calculation of On Time Performance and delay information solely relies on arrival times. This approach is chosen over calculating departure delays, as we consider arrival punctuality to be of primary concern to passengers.

The On Time Performance displayed on our website is calculated as follows:

  • On Time: Flights that arrive within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival time, or earlier. In the absence of data for a specific flight, we assume the flight arrives on time, to avoid penalizing airlines for data unavailability.
  • Moderate Delay: Flights that arrive with a delay of 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Significant Delay: Flights that arrive with a delay of 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Major Delay: Flights that arrive with a delay exceeding 60 minutes.
  • Average Delay: The average delay is calculated by considering flights that arrive early as having a delay of 0 minutes. Early arrivals do not contribute to reducing the average delay calculation

Some Stats

Annual Passengers Evolution

Airlines with more flight operations (last 3 months)


20% (Total flights analyzed: 5529)


19% (Total flights analyzed: 5206)

TUI Airways

16% (Total flights analyzed: 4395)

12% (Total flights analyzed: 3408)

Ryanair UK

4% (Total flights analyzed: 1107)

Airlines with best on-time performance at Manchester Airport (last 3 months)

Considering all airlines:

Juneyao Air

100% (Total flights analyzed: 5)

Royal Jordanian

95% (Total flights analyzed: 37)

Kuwait Airways

92% (Total flights analyzed: 39)


91% (Total flights analyzed: 86)


90% (Total flights analyzed: 63)

Qatar Airways

89% (Total flights analyzed: 273)


89% (Total flights analyzed: 682)


87% (Total flights analyzed: 75)

Austrian Airlines

87% (Total flights analyzed: 46)

SAS Scandinavian Airlines

86% (Total flights analyzed: 381)

Considering only airlines with more than 10 flights/week:


89% (Total flights analyzed: 682)

Qatar Airways

89% (Total flights analyzed: 273)

SAS Scandinavian Airlines

86% (Total flights analyzed: 381)

Aer Lingus

84% (Total flights analyzed: 929)


82% (Total flights analyzed: 143)

Virgin Atlantic

82% (Total flights analyzed: 357)

Turkish Airlines

80% (Total flights analyzed: 298)


80% (Total flights analyzed: 147)

Brussels Airlines

78% (Total flights analyzed: 156)

Air France

71% (Total flights analyzed: 299)

Routes with more flights from Manchester Airport (last month)

Palma de Mallorca - PMI (Spain): 357
Dublin - DUB (Ireland): 354
Amsterdam - AMS (Netherlands): 325
Antalya - AYT (Turkey): 283
Alicante - ALC (Spain): 250
Dalaman - DLM (Turkey): 247
Tenerife - TFS (Spain): 219
Paris - CDG (France): 217
London - LHR (United Kingdom): 184
Belfast - BFS (United Kingdom): 183