‘Manchester, so much to answer for’ crooned Morrisey in The Smiths’ seminal 1984 track Suffer Little Children.
And while it’s unlikely this blog will ever attain the cultural cachet of that famous band’s canon, it will provide solutions to some of your most pressing questions on things to do and see in Manchester’s own air travel emporium.
So whether you’re headed on a romantic weekend for two to Paris, a family trip to Frankfurt or a solo sojourn to San Francisco, these eight tips for making the most of Manchester Airport might even make professional miserabilist Mozza smile.
- Serene spaces
If you’re a nervous flier, are of a religious persuasion or simply need some time and space to compose yourself in solitude, head to Manchester Airport’s multi-faith prayer rooms in Terminals 1, 2 and 3.
When you like to stay connected to chat to friends and family or check last-minute work emails, Manchester has you covered with up to 4 hours of free Wi-Fi in any 24-hour period throughout all terminal buildings.
- Supersonic attraction
Are your kids fascinated by feats of famous pilots and awe-struck by aviation history? Then they’ll love Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Park, located at Wilmslow Road, close to the main terminals. The main attraction is Concorde – getting up close and personal with this classic craft is a rare treat.
- Private terminal
If you want the ultimate private, luxe pre-flight experience, Manchester Airport’s new PremiAir private terminal offers fine cuisine, discreet security screening and smooth transfers to your aircraft.
- Awesome accommodation
Should time permit, spending the night prior to your flight at a comfy airport hotel can be much more chilled out than arriving on the day. There are plenty to choose from, but for our money, you should stay at Manchester Airport’s Radisson Blu for its convenience and high-class amenities.
- Sports shopping
If you’re a Manchester City or United fan visiting family abroad, you might want to pop into JD Sports at Terminal 1 to buy the latest club shirts as gifts. Alternatively, Manchester now operates a click and collect service whereby you can purchase something for yourself and pick it up on your return leg.
- R and R
If travelling gets you uptight or you simply want to unwind all the way before boarding a holiday flight, treat yourself to a deep tissue bamboo massage, manicure or pedicure at AeroSpa near the food court – it’s Manchester’s ultimate airport beauty lounge.
- On-point parking
Public transport has its benefits, but if relaxing in your own environment is your bag, your best bet is travelling to catch the flight in your own ride. Book Manchester Airport parking at Looking4.com before you leave home, drop off your car and head off with no worries whatsoever.
That’s our list! Share your own Manchester Airport travel tips in the comments section.