Manchester Airport offers advice as it prepares for busiest weekend in history

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Manchester Airport is preparing itself for one of its busiest weekends in history as 430,000 passengers are expected to arrive and depart the Northern hub over the bank holiday weekend.

The UK’s third largest airport is expecting Friday August 23 to be the busiest day in its 81-year-old history, with more than 115,000 passengers expected to pass through its doors.

The airport is advising customers to plan their journey in advance of travel.

Planning your journey:

  • Leave plenty of time to arrive at the airport. Passengers are advised to check-in at least three hours in advance of long-haul flights and two hours for short-haul.

  • Highways England has the most up to date advice on the road network, whereas National Rail can advise on the latest with trains.

  • If driving, ensure you pre-book your parking as the airport’s car parks are very busy this summer

At the Airport:

Passengers can be prepared by:

  • Have all liquids, gels and pastes (no bigger than 100ml each) in a clear plastic bag

  • Coats and belts should be removed and large electricals out of their hand luggage ready for the security tray

  • If a tray requires further inspection, one of the security team will then search it. During the summer months on average around 12,000 bags a day get rejected and sent for additional searches. This is often because passengers have failed to comply and left liquids in their bags. On average it can add another five-ten minutes onto people’s journey time through security. Multiply this by 12,000 and the minutes and hours soon add up.

Passengers with reduced mobility and hidden disabilities:

Any passengers with reduced mobility needing assistance are advised to book this in advance with their airline to avoid any delays to their journey through the airport.

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Brad Miller, Chief Operating Officer at Manchester Airport, said:

We’re now in the middle of the summer holidays and handling more than 100,000 passengers a day. As we gear up for our busiest weekend ever on the Bank Holiday, we’re asking passengers to ensure they’re fully prepared when they arrive at the airport to ensure their journey through is as smooth as possible.

Brad Miller, Chief Operating Officer at Manchester Airport