Terminal 2 has reopened at Manchester airport, as passenger numbers continue to increase.
It marks the first time that all three terminals have been operational at the airport since late March, when the onset of the coronavirus pandemic led to flights being consolidated into Terminal 1.
It follows the reopening of Terminal 3 at the start of this month, to allow the airport to “spread out the number of people and allow people to maintain and keep a sensible distance”.
Note that some carriers including Brussels Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Eurowings, Hainan Airlines, Iran Air and Tui – which would normally operate at T2 – had already resumed services at the airport prior to the reopening of the terminal, and will remaing at T1 for the time being.
Customers are advised to check with the airport ahead of arriving for flights.
The airport has introduced a number of health and safety measures over the last few weeks, including temperature check trials and mandatory face coverings for passengers, and pre-bookable security time slots.
UV cleaning technology is also being trialled on escalator hand rails, and protective screens have been installed in busy customer areas. A full list of measures, and the latest Covid-19 advice, can be seen at manchesterairport.co.uk/coronavirus.
Retail outlets are also gradually reopening at the airport, including Burger King, Pret a Manger and Starbucks at Terminal 1, Greggs and WHSmith at Terminal 2, and KFC at Terminal 3.
More details on flights currently operating from airport, and retail concessions opening or due to open, can be seen here.
Commenting on the news Brad Miller, chief operating officer at Manchester airport, said:“As we continue to see the return of more airlines and destinations for our passengers to fly to, we remain fully committed to ensuring their safety throughout their airport journey.
“With the introduction of travel corridors, we envisage passenger numbers to continue to increase, which is why we are opening Terminal 2 from July 15, to maximise the airport space.
“These travel corridors will open up the chance for people to enjoy a well-earned break abroad and directly benefit the hundreds of thousands of people whose jobs depend on air travel for their livelihoods – whether they work in aviation or for the UK’s tourism and hospitality businesses, which can now welcome the first overseas visitors we will have seen for months.
“We have made our airport safe for our passengers and staff, and we have already started limited operations to many of these countries. With the quarantine requirement now removed, we look forward to safely welcoming back many more passengers in the coming weeks.
“I’d again like to thank all our passengers for continuing to abide by the measures in place during these uncertain times, and also thank all our staff who have gone above and beyond to ensure safe travel for all.”