Passengers travelling in and out of Manchester Airport now have the option of bypassing the main terminals completely.
The airport has marked the official opening of Premiair, its new pay-to-access arrivals and departures facility, following a soft launch.
It offers four price options:
- Priority for £50, which allows passengers with hang baggage to arrive an hour before their flight, get a personal welcome, separate security channel and drive across the airfield to their aircraft;
- Premium for £100, which gives access to a private terminal with complimentary food and drink, luggage handling, a private security channel and transfer to the aircraft;
- Arrivals for £125, providing a private transfer to the Premiair terminal from the aircraft, a dedicated passport control lane, use of the lounge facilities and luggage delivery;
- Priority/Arrivals combined for £175, with further upgrades available.
Groups of between five and 50 can access one of three private suites, which are located before security so people who are not travelling can join events and meetings.
The airport says these are available on enquiry and will be set up based on guests’ requirements.
Premiair is located south of the main terminals next to the Runway Visitor Park, an educational facility also popular with planespotters (some of whom have complained that the new building blocks a large part of the view.)
The lounge has floor-to-ceiling windows with runway views, exposed wooden beams, a Nespresso coffee machine, numerous plug sockets and arm chairs. Meals can be ordered a la carte.
There are currently 23 airline partners – Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Aurigny, British Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Finnair, Hainan Airlines, Iberia Express, Icelandair, Iraqi Airways, Loganair, Norwegian, Oman Air, Pakistan International Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Qatar Airways, Saudia, Singapore Airlines (excluding US flights), TAP Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Vueling.
Passengers flying with any of these carriers can make a booking through the Premiair website.
Manchester Airport is currently undergoing a £1 billion renovation and expansion that will see a new-look Terminal 2 open in summer 2020. Terminal 1, which opened in the 1960s, is set to be demolished in the coming years.