The project is the centrepiece of the facilities’ £1bn transformation programme
Manchester Airport has announced that it will open its new Terminal 2 extension on Wednesday this week. The building was set to open last summer, but the COVID-19 pandemic put the plans on hold.
The site will now take a staggered approach to its start to operations with Jet2 scheduled to be the first to use the new facilities, from July 14, with just three flights on the first day, to Menorca, Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca.
TUI will follow a day later when it introduces services to a range of destinations including ‘green-listed’ Malta and Madeira, while on July 17, Singapore Airlines will become the first long-haul operator.
Karen Smart, managing director of the airport, said: “After a long wait, we are delighted to confirm the first passengers will be able to enjoy our new Terminal 2 this week. It is a proud milestone for our airport as we begin to emerge from the restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 crisis, and an important moment in our 83-year history.”
The work has brought a new departure lounge with features including a honeycomb light installation, giving a nod to the famous Manchester worker bee and an 81 square metre digital screen. Additionally, there is a wide range of new shops, bars, cafes and restaurants.
The opening comes as the UK government introduced a new policy for double-vaccinated passengers from July 19 where travellers will not be required to isolate after returning from an amber list country.