Fact Sheet: Airport Summary

Fact Sheet: Manchester Airport Summary

  • Manchester Airport is the international gateway for the North of England and the UK’s largest regional airport handling 22 million passengers a year. More than 100 airlines offer direct flights from Manchester to 225 destinations worldwide, more than any other UK airport.
  • Manchester Airport is one of the largest centres of employment in the north west with more than 19,000 people directly employed on site, supporting a further 42,500 jobs in the North West of England.
  • In 2007/08 Manchester Airport served more than 22 million passengers: 8.2 million on charter flights, 10.9 million on scheduled flights and 3.5 million on domestic flights. By 2030 passenger numbers are expected to rise to 50 million.
  • Together with cargo and private flights, there were 220,307 air transport movements at Manchester Airport in 2007/08.
  • The airport has two parallel runways each 3,048 metres in length, three passenger terminals, a world freight terminal, a multi-modal ground transport interchange and integrated motorway and rail connections.

Manchester Airport…

  • Has more UK and Ireland routes than any other UK or Ireland Airport
  • Is the largest Airport outside London
  • Is home to the now retired Concorde 204 G-BOAC, the flagship of the British Airways fleet
  • Generates 1,004 million per year for the North West economy – this amount is expected to have doubled by 2030.
  •  Is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2015
  • Is within a two-hour travel time of one third of the UK population
  • Has two runways, three terminals, 42 air bridges, 254 check-in desks, more than 500 toilets and 940 information screens
  • Home to over 120 shops and restaurants, as well as seven hotels
  • Passengers drink an average of one million pints of beer, eat 300,000 breakfasts and more than 3 million hot drinks every year
  • More than 1.5 million bottles of water and 40,000 bottles of champagne, 1.8 million books and over a million packs of cigarettes are bought by passengers every year in the Airport’s shops
  • Has three bat barns to house thousands of Pipistrelle, Brown Long-eared and Brandt’s bats. It has also built badger sets, a mammal tunnel under the second runway and has 92 ponds full of newts, toads, frogs and insects
  • Has eight public car parks with 15,595 spaces and eight staff car parks with 5,535 spaces
  • Has an Aviation Viewing Park for visitors and aviation enthusiasts, which is visited by over a quarter of a million people every year. It is home to the retired Concorde G-BOAC, as well as a Monarch Airlines DC-10, BEA Hawker Siddeley Trident 3B and an Avro RJX - the last civil airliner to be built in the UK.
  • Is one of the UK’s largest art sponsors. More than 8 million has been donated over the Airport’s history


  • Manchester Airport officially opened in June 1938
  • Runway 2 officially opened in February 2001 by Tony Blair
  • Terminal 1 opened in 1962 by the Duke of Edinburgh
  • Terminal 2 opened by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1993
  • Diana Princess of Wales opened Terminal A, which is now a part of Terminal 3, in 1989

Manchester Airports Group plc

  • Manchester Airport is part of the Manchester Airports Group plc (MAG), which is the second largest airport group in the UK and is made up of four airports - Manchester, East Midlands, Humberside and Bournemouth - and currently handles more than 28 million passengers every year. In 2007-2008, MAG had a turnover of 396 million.
  • MAG is the only wholly public-owned Airport group in the UK, it also runs airport related businesses engaged in the management and development of property, car parking and retail activities. MAG is owned by the ten Greater Manchester Councils, comprising of the Council of the City of Manchester (55%) and the nine neighbouring local authorities: Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan (5% each).