WATCH: A first look inside Manchester Airport’s new Terminal 2
Jet2 and TUI flights will initially operate from the flagship facility, with more to follow in the coming weeks, as the government’s policy for double-vaccinated passengers kicks in.
The expanded terminal is the centerpiece of MAG’s £ 1 billion Manchester Airport transformation program, which was first announced in 2015.
It was slated to open in the summer of 2020, but this was suspended after international ground travel was halted from the coronavirus pandemic.
To ensure the smoothest possible opening when resuming flights, MAG has agreed to a phased launch of the terminal with its airline partners. It will see Jet2 start flying from July 14, with just three flights on the first day – to Menorca, Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca.
TUI will operate flights from the terminal from July 15, with services to a range of destinations, including Malta and Madeira on the green list. Singapore Airlines will move on the 17th.
With the government set to update its red, orange and green lists on the 15th – coupled with the amber list exemption for doubly vaccinated passengers from July 19th – further announcements regarding new departing flights from Terminal 2 will follow in the coming weeks.
This will see more airlines move and more food and beverage retailers and outlets will confirm their launch dates.
Karen Smart, Managing Director of Manchester Airport, said: “After a long wait, we are delighted to confirm that the first passengers will be able to enjoy our new terminal two this week. This is an important milestone for our airport as we begin to emerge from the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 crisis, and an important moment in our 83-year history.
“This project has always aimed to deliver the modern airport experience that northern families and businesses deserve when traveling through their international gateway to the world, and our new terminal certainly achieves that goal.
“The impact of the pandemic on the travel industry means that we are not able to immediately welcome as many customers and airlines to this fantastic new facility as we would have liked.
“As government restrictions continue to be relaxed and travel to more destinations is opened up in the coming weeks, we will be making new announcements on carriers and retailers operating from T2.
“In the meantime, we look forward to celebrating this milestone and welcoming those traveling to the new terminal later this week. I also want to thank all of our colleagues and partners for their hard work and dedication in getting us to this point. “
The expanded terminal has a bright, light and airy check-in hall, with designs that set the tone for what passengers can expect.
Once the luggage is deposited, passengers will proceed to the new security zone, which has 10 lanes of 29 meters long. They introduce the latest technology, allowing passengers to move around as quickly and easily as possible.
The new departure lounge is where the new terminal experience comes to life. New features include a honeycomb light installation with 16 million settings that proudly lights up the space, nodding to Manchester’s famous worker bee. A new 81 square meter digital screen will take center stage to provide interactive content and information to passengers.
A wide range of new shops, bars, cafes and restaurants will feature in the new terminal, including many brands born and raised in the North, as well as a series of popular chains – all food and beverage outlets. are committed at street prices.
Initially, Pret-a-Manger, Costa Coffee, KFC, The Amber Alehouse and The Bridgewater Exchange by Joseph Holt will be open to customers. Manchester institution Archie’s will open its new terminal two on Thursday, as will the VIT juice bar, while other sites will open once more passengers start using the terminal and further announcements will follow.
Two lounges operated by the airport will also open, providing passengers with additional luxury and relaxation space before the flight.
It’s not just departing passengers who will experience a new experience. Those who arrive will also get a taste of what the new terminal expansion has to offer. This includes a new immigration center, four times the size of the current space, and a spacious and bright arrival hall. A new modern baggage claim will also open, with three of the eight new baggage belts starting to function.
The new terminal will also be fully secured against Covid-19 and will put in place a series of security measures that passengers experienced throughout the airport during the pandemic, including an improved cleaning and disinfection regime.
The six-year terminal extension project was led by construction company Laing O’Rourke, alongside partners such as architects Pascall + Watson, design office Arcadis, construction contractor for Galliford Try Aerodrome, architectural and engineering services contractor Jacobs and baggage contractor Vanderlande Industries.