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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 need to change our hours for dual runway use to meet the needs of our business. Hours will increase from April to the hours listed by July 2018.
We have produced a datasheet that explains these changes in more detail and we have used a presentation to describe the changes to Councillors that we have met.
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.
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 provided a range of information and opportunities to learn more:
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 asked Steve Wilkinson, Chair of the Manchester Airport Consultative Committee, to Chair a Stakeholder Reference Group. Find out more about the Committee by clicking here. This group have overseen the way that we have provided information to communities, ensured the information is accurate and that we are available to answer queries. Members include:
Minutes of meetings: