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Passenger Updates

Important information for passengers

From Wednesday 11th April some flights will now arrive and depart from Terminal 2.  Passengers on flights to and from Lanzarote, Malaga, Palma and Tenerife; your flights will now operate from Terminal 2.  All other flights will operate as planned from Terminal 1 – check-in area B. 

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Manchester Airport Transformation Programme passenger notice - changes to Terminal 2

As part of the £1bn redevelopment of Manchester Airport we are making some changes to the facilities in and around Terminal 2 over the next couple of years. These will include some changes to where passengers drop off, pick up and park, along with some minor alterations to the road network.

From Thursday 19th October 00.01, the departures forecourt at Terminal 2 will no longer be accessible for passenger drop off. Passengers will be directed to a new departures forecourt which will be located on the ground floor of the multi-storey. Please note that the height-restriction for this drop-off facility is 2.0m. Vehicles above this height can use the over-height car park or other suitable car parking products, see website for more information.

There will be plenty of signage directing you but please leave some extra time for your journey if you are not familiar with the airport layout.

Passengers who require a disabled bay in the multi-storey car park will find them located on levels 1, 2 and 3. There is plenty of signage to help you find your way and the postcode remains M90 4ZY.

If you have any questions about this or the programme in general then please contact 0800 042 0213.

To find out more about our exciting transformation programme, visit our dedicated website here.

Travel updates which may affect your journey to and from the airport


Please be aware that there are currently roadworks at and around the airport, and some road layouts may have changed. Please follow airport signage and follow diversions. You may need to allow extra time for your journey.

A538/Sunbank Lane (Logistics Hub) Junction Upgrade - night-time closures from 7th February

This scheme is to upgrade the A538 Wilmslow Road near to the Sunbank Lane junction and M56 J6. 

Starting on the evening of 7th February, the A538 will be closed overnight on 7th-9th February and 12th-15th February, between 9pm and 4.30am.

  • The closure will be in both directions on the stretch of road between Sunbank lane and Mill Lane (i.e. between Amazon and approaching the tunnels). Access to Sunbank Lane will be from the north only and Mill Lane from the south only.
  • The closure will be between the hours of 21:00 and 04:30.
  • A diversion will be in place. The diversion route takes traffic round the north side of the airport (Runger Lane/Thorley Lane, Ringway Road, Styal Road). Please follow diversion signs.

Additionally, a right-turn ban from A538 Wilmslow-bound into Sunbank Lane (for Amazon etc.) is being implemented 07:00-17:00 daily until 28th February inclusive.

Ringway Road

Temporary traffic lights are in operation on Ringway Road to allow a water main to be replaced. The work is due to be completed on 11th February. 

Ringway Road will be resurfaced from 26th February. This will involve overnight closures over a two-week period.

Outwood Lane

Preliminary works to construct a new roundabout on Outwood Lane (at the junction with Terminal Road North) are underway.

As of 6 February, Outwood Lane has been reduced to one lane as you head away from T1.

Thorley Lane/Runger Lane

From Tuesday 13th February, pedestrian improvements to Runger Lane/Thorley Lane will begin. There will be traffic signals which be moved in sections as these works are carried out. All works on the carriageway will be subject to off-peak hours (09:30 – 16:00 Monday to Friday).

Styal Road/Hollin Lane (B5166) - A6 Manchester Airport Relief Road (SEMMMs) Construction

Temporary traffic lights are in use on Styal Road. Please allow extra time for your journey.

A555 Westbound Closure from 12th February

Essential drainage repair works under the carriageway will require the closure of A555 westbound between Handforth and A34, 24 hours a day for 17 weeks from 12th February.  Traffic will be diverted via Stanley Road. More information


A 10-week programme of roadworks is underway in the Station Road area of Handforth. Detailed information about the scheme can be found online at: and live updates from site will be tweeted from @CECHighways.

Motorway Network

M60 Smart Motorway Project - Electronic speed limit signs are in operation on M60 junctions 8– 10 and M62 junctions 18-20. More information

M60 Junctions 12 and 11 - A revised road layout is in place until March 2018.

M56 Sharston Link will be resurfaced over 12 weeks with some overnight closures from the end of January.

M56 – Junctions 1-7 – overnight work to replace central barriers which may result in some lane closures.

Rail News

The railway line between Manchester and Preston, via Bolton, is being upgraded/electrified. Therefore, weekend works between Sunday 14 January and May 2018 may impact on Transpennine Express and Northern Rail services (with replacement bus services in use). Please check before you travel.