Air France and KLM have become the latest carriers to move to Manchester airport’s new Terminal 2 extension.

The carriers had previously been operating from Terminal 1, and begin flights today from the new terminal. Eligible Air France and KLM passengers will also be able to experience the new Escape Lounge in Terminal 2.

The terminal opened on July 14 with the first flights operated by Jet 2, TUI and Singapore Airlines. It was later joined by six more airlines: Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Brussels Airlines, Air Baltic, Aegean Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines.

Fahmi Mahjoub, General Manager of Air France-KLM in the UK and Ireland commented:

“We are extremely excited to move to the brand new Terminal 2 in the same year that we celebrated our 75th KLM anniversary of flying from Manchester Airport. Every year, Air France and KLM carry thousands of passengers from Manchester, highlighting the importance of global connectivity to the region. The new terminal clearly has a focus on improving the customer experience for both our departing and arriving passengers.”

Karen Smart, Managing Director of Manchester Airport, added:

“This project was always about offering the modern airport experience that families and businesses across the North deserve as they travel through their international gateway to the world, and our new terminal certainly delivers on that goal. The new terminal will also be fully Covid 19 secure and will have a range of safety measures in place that passengers have experienced throughout the airport during the pandemic, including an enhanced cleaning and sanitising regime.”

Last month, the two carriers began flights from Heathrow’s Terminal 3, following temporary operations from the airport’s Terminal 2 following the closure of Terminal 4.

As previously reported, the first phase of the T2 extension project had been due to open in summer 2020, but this was postponed following the onset of Covid-19.