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Dual Runway Use

How we operate

Manchester Airport has two runways. We currently use both runways during the day time, but planning permission does not allow us to use Runway 2 between 10pm and 6am, unless we are doing maintenance on Runway 1 or there is an emergency.

Communities asked us to keep the use of both runways at the same time to a minimum. Since Runway 2 opened we have been able to restrict our opening in the middle of the day and at the weekends. As our movement numbers have increased over recent years, we will need to change our hours for dual runway use to meet the needs of our business. 

Why are we making these changes?

Our business is growing; in the last 12 months we have had more than 27 million passengers with larger aircraft and more flights. The changes will bring about more efficient operations, benefitting airlines and passengers by reducing delays, and offer us opportunities to bring down time when aircraft taxi, therefore reducing ground noise and emissions. 

How will this affect me?

We do recognise that these changes will have a detrimental effect on some communities that are over-flown by aircraft both landing and departing from Runway 2. Depending on where you live there may be no change, or less or more aircraft. To help you to understand this we have developed a range of information. 

  • Our Dual Runway data sheet is coming soon.
  • Information about our Community Outreach sessions can be found here.  
  • We have created a dedicated email address for this change dual.runwayuse@manairport.co.uk. Queries to this address will be answered by a team with particular knowledge about the change. 
  • You can telephone our Community Relations office on Freephone 08000 967967 to speak to somebody during the day, and there is an answerphone out of normal office hours.
  • Manchester Airport has an Environmental Health Officers Group representing areas around our site. This group will be informed about the changes and given information as required.
  • In addition, we will be talking to your local councillors by attending Parish and Town Council meetings.  Dates of confirmed meetings are as follows: 
    • Mobberley – 2 October          
    • Knutsford – 9 October
    • Plumley, Toft and Bexton – 4 October
    • Lostock Gralam – 6 November
    • Lach Denis and Lostock Green Parish Councils – 13 September
    • Over Peover Parish Council – 25 October
    • Lower Peover - 15 November
    • Styal Parish Council – 2 October (to be confirmed)
    • Tabley Parish Council – 13 November
    • Wilmslow – 16 October 

How do I know that you are giving me accurate information?

It is important to us that those communities affected by our operations can trust the information we give them. For this reason we have asked Steve Wilkinson, Chair of our Manchester Airport Consultative Committee, to chair a Stakeholder Reference Group. Find out more about the Committee by clicking here. This group will oversee the way that we are giving information to communities, ensure that information is accurate and that we are available to answer queries. Members will include:

  • Chair of the Technical Advisory Group (MACC)
  • KAMJAG – MACC/TAG representative
  • Cheshire East – MACC/TAG representative 
  • Environmental Health Officer Cheshire East 
  • Airline Operators Committee representative 
  • Senior Pilot from a Manchester-based airline
  • Air Traffic Control – as required for technical support 

 

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