Manchester Airport (MAN/EGCC)

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New routes and frequency possibilities and why these routes would work

  • Indirect traffic from MAN in 2011 to PEK was 53,000 (MIDT 2011). Leakage from the MAN catchment to London airports was 36,000 (CAA 2011).
  • In 2011, over 1.253 million (two-way) passengers travelled between Manchester and the USA with a further 844,000 travelling from the Manchester Airport 2 hour drive time catchment area to commence their flight from a London Airport.Direct flights were offered to Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, New York JFK, New York Newark and Orlando. In 2011, direct flights to Washington were also inaugurated.Of the 1.25 million, 51% were point-to-point passengers, while 49% were making a connection, either in the USA or at Manchester.The large volume of leakage traffic over London illustrates that there is a lack of capacity to the USA to cater for the traffic demand to and from Northwest region of England. These routes would be achievable through the mixture of point to point and feeder traffic serving the destinations.
  • There remain a number of key European destinations that are not served with direct flights from Manchester Airport, including a number of capital cities and strong economic regions. The UK’s Northwest region strives to offer connectivity and frequency across Europe to all regions to continue in the development of trade and commerce as well as serving the 24 million people who live with two hour drive of Manchester Airport to reach, easily and conveniently all points with in Europe.

United Manchester: Washington becomes the second US destination from Manchester for the world's biggest airline while Etihad-sponsored Manchester City wins the Premier League (a title more often held by its Manchester United rival, widely accepted as the most widely supported team in the world). Catering for football tourism is a significant factor in network planning.

The UK's fastest-growing city: Manchester (pop 2.5 million) is the country's largest regional economy, and has maintained its preeminence in business (and culture arts and sports) since the industrial revolution.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • Manchester is the fastest growing city in the UK – Named in 2010 as one of the world’s top 50 most liveable cities (Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Survey) with a population of 2.5 million.
  • Boasts the UK’s largest regional economy with a Gross Value Added of £47 billion ($75 billion).
  • Home to 40% of the North West’s top companies.
  • The world’s first industrial city showcasing historic industrial architecture, combined with new designs.
  • Home to two of the world’s biggest football clubs – Manchester United and Manchester City.
  • Home to the Commonwealth Games 2002 facilities and football during 2012 Olympics.
  • Shopping Capital of the North: The Manchester Arndale Centre has over 230 stores plus The Trafford Centre has over 280 stores, cinema and restaurants
  • The gateway to North UK – Liverpool, Leeds, North Wales and The Lake District are all easily reached

The Lake District National Park – beloved by Britons, but largely undiscovered by the rest of the world.

Marketing and other support

The Manchester Airport Marketing Team is here to be an extension of your marketing team. There is a wide range of marketing initiatives available to new and existing carriers supporting business, consumer and trade opportunities at a strategic and tactical level. We have local insight and knowledge to add value to your marketing activity. Please contact the Aviation Development Team for more information.

Jessica Ennis runs through packed streets during the Great Manchester Games just prior to her Olympic triumph. Over a third of UK's population lives within the airport's catchment – up to 10,000 further jobs have been created at MediaCityUK – high profile tenants include a $1.5 billion move from London by the BBC.

Catchment Area

  • 24 million people within two hours’ drive time.
  • A third of the UK’s total population lives within catchment area.
  • 26 UK and Irish airports serve MAN with an average of 2.2m passengers a year

Industrial era 2.0: Manchester has retained its importance in trade and manufacturing, moving into high yield time-sensitive goods. 70% of freight throughput is carried in the bellyhold of passenger services to Asia, Europe and America.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

Cargo Gateway to the North

Manchester Airport currently handles around 100,000 tonnes of cargo annually on a combination of pure freighters and passenger services. Manchester has the largest bellyhold cargo throughput in the UK after LHR, and provides air cargo capacity to more than 90 destinations in over 50 countries. Manchester’s location provides unrivalled access to the key markets in the North of England and Scotland, while providing a key gateway for onward traffic for Ireland.

Manchester’s pure cargo activity includes Cathay Pacific Cargo, FedEx and Lufthansa Cargo plus regular ad hoc cargo activity, while bellyhold cargo capacity is provided through many of the world’s leading airlines including American Airlines, Delta, Emirates, Etihad, Qatar, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines, US Airways, United, Virgin Atlantic plus many others.

Manchester’s World Freight Terminal (WFT) is a purpose built cargo terminal offering around 675,000 sq ft of warehouse and office accommodation. The WFT will soon be supported by the development of the World Logistics Hub which will form the initial development of Manchester Airport’s wider Airport City development. World Logistics Hub will offer ultra modern facilities to support the development of logistics in the North of England and will play a vital role in facilitating growth within the region.


A great base to build upon: Sir Alex Ferguson christens yet another new service with duty free champagne, while Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Moscow and Vienna feature among the surprising un-served opportunities. Manchester City's enigmatic Mario Balotelli would probably agree that Italian destinations such as Milan, Naples and Sicily are 'underserved.'


  • 25% of the UK’s motorways run through the city
    • Within two hours drive time – Birmingham, Sheffield and Leeds
    • Within three hours drive time – London, Glasgow, Edinburgh
  • Regular rail links to Manchester city centre and more than 100 national and regional destinations
    • Travel directly to Manchester city centre in 10 minutes
    • Trains to London depart every 20 minutes
  • Dedicated coach station – travelling to more than 60 towns and cities in mainland UK

Infrastructure & Operations:

  • £25 million investment on the airfield including more than £20 million upgrading the airfield for the A380
  • We are now a ‘Category 10’ airport, allowing the airport to not only accept the A380 but other ‘Code F’ aircraft
  • First regional airport and one of only 17 global airports to be certified for the A380
  • A dual runway and up to 125 stands favour slot availability
  • Slot coordinated through our relationship with ACL
  • All three terminals enjoy easy connections to our on-site transport hub, The Station
  • Aerodrome 24h operation

Airport City

Launched in January 2012, Airport City will be created through phased delivery during the next 15 years, at a cost of £650 million. To attract national and international business that would not ordinarily locate in the region, or even the UK, Airport City’s commercial property offering will accommodate a mix of uses to complement core aviation activities at the airport. It will provide unique, high quality and bespoke environments designed to appeal to graduates, entrepreneurs, global business and a highly skilled workforce operating in sectors including:

  • Airport Logistics
  • Airport Supply Chain
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Research & Development
  • Pharmaceuticals & Health
  • Professional Services
  • Science & Research
  • IT, Media & Telecommunications
  • Retail & Leisure
  • Hotel & Conferencing

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Runway 05L-23R (Runway 1):

  • H24 operation
  • 3048 x 45m

Runway 05R-23L (Runway 2):

  • Normal operating times of:
    • Monday to Friday 0630 – 1030 & 1600 – 2000 (local)
    • Saturday 0630 to 1030 (local)
    • Sunday 1600 to 2000 (local)
  • 3050 x 45m

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

  • New control tower, due for completion in 2013 at a cost of £10m
  • Runway 05L- 23R (Runway 1) Refurbishment Project. £21M project completed in December 2011. Runway resurfaced using un-grooved Beton Bitumeux Aeronautic (BBA) – UK first! New surface offers similar if not better friction characteristics than traditional grooved Marshall Asphalt (MA) runway surface.

Vital statistics

  • 19 million passengers annually
  • UKs largest regional airport with over 200 destinations across UK, North America, Middle East and Europe from over 60 airlines