Passengers at Manchester Airport will be able to pass through all terminals from next week.
Following government announcement that travelers will be able to travel to 25 countries without needing a 14-day quarantine upon return, travel experts expect demand to increase when the change takes effect on July 10.
The coming weeks could be vital for the hub amid proposed layoffs of thousands of airport-based staff, including, according to Stockport MP Navendu Mishra, one in four managers at Manchester Airports Group, who also manages Stansted and East Midlands airports.
However, as the number of passengers continues to increase, Manchester Airport has decided to open Terminal Two from July 15.
It follows the reopening of Terminal Three on July 1, with British Airways, Air France, KLM, Ryanair – which relaunched this week – Loganair and Eastern Airways all operating from there.
This means that all three terminals at the airport are functioning, travelers being asked to keep as much social distance as possible.
Some existing Terminal Two carriers will start flying before reopening, which means they will operate from Terminal One in the meantime.
These include Brussels Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Eurowings, Hainan Airlines, Iran Air, Jet2.com, Qatar Airways and TUI – which relaunched this week. All will remain in Terminal One and will move to Terminal Two at a later date.
The new forecourt in Terminal 2 will also open on July 15, which is available to drop passengers off directly outside the check-in hall.
Passengers are advised to check which terminal they are departing from before arriving at the airport.
Travelers can expect a new flight experience with a series of measures to reduce COVID risk.
These include wearing face covers, improved cleaning, Perspex screens, reservable security slots and temperature controls.
Some airlines continued to fly throughout the crisis. These include Air France, KLM, PIA, Qatar Airways, Aer Lingus, Lufthansa, Eurowings and Loganair.
Recent relaunches include Emirates to Dubai, Eastern Airways to Southampton, Swiss Airlines to Zurich, Iran Air to Tehran, Finnair to Helsinki, British Airways to Heathrow, Brussels Airlines to Brussels, easyJet, Ethiopian Airlines to Addis Ababa, Pegasus to Istanbul, Turkish Airlines in Istanbul.
Brad Miller, director of operations at Manchester Airport, said: “As we continue to see more airlines and destinations returning to our passengers, we remain fully committed to ensuring their safety throughout their journey to the airport.
“With the introduction of travel lanes, we are planning to increase the number of passengers, which is why we are opening Terminal 2 from July 15, in order to maximize airport space.
“These travel lanes will give people the opportunity to enjoy a well-deserved 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 tourism and hospitality in the UK. businesses, which can now welcome the first overseas visitors that we will see for months.
“We have made our airport safe for our passengers and staff, and we have already started limited operations in many of these countries. With the quarantine requirement now removed, we look forward to safely welcoming many more passengers in the weeks to come.
“I would like to thank again all of our passengers for continuing to comply with the measures in place during these uncertain times, and also thank all of our staff who went above and beyond to ensure a safe trip for all. ”