Manchester Airport Overview

Why Manchester Airport?

Manchester Airport is the busiest airport in the country outside the London region in terms of passenger numbers. Over 100 airlines offer direct flights to over 210 destinations worldwide. It offers non-stop scheduled flights to destinations across Europe, North America, Africa, South Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East and the Far East.

The airport was officially opened on 25 June 1938, three years after being commissioned. During the war, the RAF used the airport for both operational flying and training. Over 60,000 paratroopers were trained at Manchester Airport between June 1940 and March 1946.

After the war the airport grew massively, and by 1958 the airport was handling 500,000 passengers annually, up significantly from the 4,000 passengers in 1938.  Today around 19million passengers use the airport each year.

In 1993 the train station opened in the heart of Manchester airport.
With its first class shopping, relaxing hotels and stylish bars, Manchester Airport is a hub of excitement and activity. Surrounded by the beautiful Cheshire countryside and a stone's throw from the vibrant city of Manchester, whether you're just passing through or stopping over for a night or two, there's plenty to see and do.

Useful airport travel tools.

MyAirport - your FREE interactive guide to help plan your journey - including details on the correct terminals and directions from the train station.

Our train services to Manchester Airport

We offer regular and comfortable train services direct to the heart of  Manchester Airport from major towns and cities in the north of England and Scotland. All our trains have the option of travelling First class and a trolley service is available on our core routes. 

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