[UPDATED] Rich retail menu as MAN officially unveils Terminal 2 extension

By Luke Barras-hill |

The Covid-secure facility offers a bright and airy check-in hall, a 10-lane security area with the latest technology and a spacious departures lounge

Manchester Airport (MAN) welcomed the first wave of passengers to its much-anticipated Terminal 2 extension on Wednesday (14 July).

Originally planned to open in 2020, the centrepiece of Manchester Airport Group’s (MAG) £1 billion Manchester Airport Transformation Programme was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A raft of new shops, bars, cafes and restaurants including many local brands as well as popular chains feature in the new terminal’s departure lounge.

For an up-to-date list of shops at the terminal, which as reported features the likes of JD Sports, World Duty Free and WHSmith, see below.

STAGGERED LAUNCH FOR AIRLINE PARTNERS

A Jet2.com flight to Menorca was the first to take-off from the expanded Terminal Two as the facility was officially opened by Manchester Airport’s Managing Director Karen Smart and Jet2.com’s General Manager at Manchester Airport, Marc Burns.

The departure lounge includes a honeycomb light installation with 16 million settings that proudly illuminates the space in a nod to the famous Manchester worker bee.

Meanwhile, a new 81-square metre digital screen will provide interactive content and information to passengers.

An extensive range of eateries including Pret-a-Manger, Costa Coffee, KFC, The Amber Alehouse and The Bridgewater Exchange by Joseph Holt will complement the commercial zone.

In addition, the T2 extension will boast MAN’s Escape and 1903 lounges situated on the upper level of the enlarged terminal.

Accessed from the main departure lounge, the spaces will have a combined capacity for 400 passengers with floor to ceiling windows offering panoramic views over the airfield.

Arrivals passengers will also be greeted by a new immigration facility – is four times larger than the current space – and a light arrivals hall with modern baggage reclaim equipment.

Tui and Jet2 flights will operate from the extension, with others to follow in the weeks to come in line with the government’s plans to scale up travel openings for double-vaccinated passengers.

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Jet2 will start flying from from 14 July with three flights on the first day to Menorca, Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca.

Tui will follow with flights from the terminal on 15 July, offering services to destinations including green-listed Malta and Madeira. Singapore Airlines will move over on the 17 July.

The government is set to update its red, amber and green lists on the 15 July – coupled with the amber list exemption for double vaccinated passengers from 19 July.

Karen Smart, Managing Director, Manchester Airport.

Karen Smart, Managing Director of Manchester Airport said: “After a long wait, we are delighted to confirm the first passengers will be able to enjoy our new Terminal Two 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.”

MAN says the impact of the pandemic on the travel industry has meant it is not able to immediately welcome as many customers and airlines into the facility as it would have hoped.

However, more carriers, retailers and F&B outlets are poised to confirm dates to transfer operations to the new T2 extension in due course.

“In the meantime, we look forward to celebrating this milestone and welcoming those who are travelling through the new terminal later this week,” added Smart. “I would also like to thank all our colleagues and partners for their hard work and dedication in getting us to this point.”

The Terminal 2 extension was first announced in 2015, with concept visuals revealed in 2017.

Flythrough video courtesy of YouYube/Manchester Airport

This is an updated version of a story first published on 12 July.

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