Information about checking-in at the airport
Always follow your airline’s guidance on how early you need to be at the airport before your flight.
As a general guide, you will need to have checked in and be ready to go through security at least 2 hours before your flight departure time.
On arrival at the airport, please check the information screens to find out which check-in desks you need. After you’ve checked in, it is advisable to go to security control straight away, leaving you plenty of time to relax and explore the many shops and restaurants in the departures lounge.
Use the links below to see maps of the check-in area for each terminal at Manchester Airport.
The distinctive lime green self-service check-in machines are located throughout the terminals, offering you a hassle-free way of checking in, at no extra cost. The quick and easy to use machines help to eliminate queues, allowing you to confirm your booking and print your boarding card in no time at all! If you have baggage, you can take it to a bag drop or if you only have hand baggage you can proceed straight to security control.
Online check-in offers you the ability to check yourself in and print your boarding passes in the comfort of your own home or at the office (a printer is required). Once you get to the airport if you have baggage you can take it to the bag drop, or if you only have hand baggage you can proceed directly to security control.
Get through the airport quicker with the help of our self-service Express check-in kiosks. User-friendly touch screen kiosks help to eliminate queues and hassle, enabling you to check-in and print your own boarding card in no time at all. Self check-in kiosks are located within the departures areas of Terminals 1, 2 and 3.
Identify yourself by entering your passport, credit card or e-ticket number.
Follow the on-screen instructions to confirm your booking.
Print and collect your boarding card.
If you have bags, drop them off at one of the special bag drop desks (follow the signs to locate your nearest bag drop kiosk).
Proceed directly to security.
Why struggle to carry your bags to the airport when you can have them collected from your doorstep and delivered to your plane for you? From just £20, Manchester Airport in partnership with AirPortr can collect your bags at a time that suits you, check them in and seal them in front of you, and then take them to your plane so you can travel to and through the airport hassle-free.
You can then collect your bags from the carousel at your destination airport after you land. This service is currently only available for those travelling on selected airlines and for postcodes within a catchment area that covers the main cities around Manchester Airport. Find out more.
Passengers requiring accessibility services will find plenty of help at check-in.
Find out more about accessibility at Terminal 1 Check-in A
Find out more about accessibility at Terminal 1 Check-in B
Find out more about accessibility at Terminal 2 Check-in
Find out more about accessibility at Terminal 3 Check-in