Runway Closures

Each year maintenance works are required to maintain Runway 1, the most used runway, and its adjoining taxiways.


Following the easing of travel restrictions on 11th February, passenger numbers continue to grow at Manchester Airport. To allow for the additional flight movements, the airport is set to reopen Runway Two from Tuesday 5th April.

Initially it will operate for a limited number of hours each day and will gradually increase as the demand continues to rise.

Runway Closures 2022/2023

Each year maintenance works are required to maintain Runway 1Runway 23R/05L, the most used runway, and its adjoining taxiways. We publish dates of the nights when Runway 1Runway 23R/05L will be closed. At the bottom of this page are videos that show nights of runway maintenance and give you an idea of all that is accomplished in just one night. Runway 2Runway 23L/05R will be used as the sole runway between 22:30 and 06:00 hours on the following dates:

January 11th – 13th

February 1st – 3rd

March 1st – 3rd

April** 3rd – 7th

May 3rd – 5th

June 7th – 9th

July 5th – 7th

August 2nd – 4th

September 6th – 8th

October ** 2nd – 6th

November 1st – 3rd

December 6th – 8th

January 23 10th – 12th

** 5-night closure

The dates above include ‘weather contingency’ and some redundancy; it is unlikely that all of the nights will be required. In the event of bad weather/low visibility or that no works are required; the works may be deferred or cancelled and Runway 1Runway 23R/05L reinstated. Normal operations will resume at all other times. These changes are permitted within the terms of the Planning Permission Runway 2Runway 23L/05R.


Regular Maintenance

The multi-million pound refurbishment of  Runway 1Runway 23R/05L in 2010-2011 incorporated works that have reduced maintenance requirements; but it is our prime runway and is in use 24 hrs a day, seven days a week. The Runway and its adjoining taxiways experience heavy usage and naturally require maintenance; line painting, drain clearing, surface inspection (on foot by a team of operations colleagues) and other unglamorous housekeeping duties are all required to keep the Runway in a good condition. These tasks naturally require the runway to be closed to traffic. Below left is a video clip showing some regular maintenance runway work.

Runway Refurbishment 2010-2011

The work

Over 2010-2011 we carried out a £20 million refurbishment programme on Runway 1. As a part of this project we compiled video clips to explain what work needed to be done and actual film of various stages of the work being carried out. We created two video clips that reviewed reviewed the project and our communication strategy for the works.

Clip 1:

Clip 2:

Contact us

If you have any questions or particular concerns that are not addressed by this page please email the Community Relations Team. If you have any suggestions about how to improve this page please let us know.

Future runway closures

Please return to this page for information on future runway closures.