Duty free to reopen at Manchester Airport T3 as phased return announced

By Luke Barras-hill |

More commercial services will be available to passengers at Manchester Airport from Sunday this week (27 March) after the airport announced a phased reopening of Terminal 3.

The gradual restart will begin with Terminal 3 welcoming some arrivals passengers on a select number of airlines*.

MAN has experienced a significant upswing in travel demand, spurred by the government’s scrapping of remaining travel restrictions earlier this month.

A range of retail units will be accessible to inbound and outbound passengers from Sunday.

At the T3 departure lounge, travellers can visit Biza Duty Free (World Duty Free); WHSmith, Boots, The Lion and Antelope, The Nook, Kiosco, Pork & Pickle, Costa Coffee.

In arrivals, Travelex and WHSmith will resume trading.

MORE UNITS TO OPEN FOR SUMMER

Operating hours for each unit will vary, but MAG say there will be food and drink provision for passengers travelling at any time of day.

The airport consolidated operations into Terminal 1 in March 2020 after suspending flights to and from Terminals 2 and 3.

All returned to operation in July that year, but Terminal 2 was closed in September 2020 before activity was moved into Terminal 1 only as Terminal 3 closed.

A number of other retail units are set to open at T3 in time for the peak summer season: Starbucks (T2 check-in); Café Balzar (T1 airside); Wagamama (T2 airside); Pizza Luxe (T1 airside); Barburrito (T2 airside); WHSmith Bookstore (T2 airside); Apiary (T2 airside); Boots (T2 airside).

Covid-19 safety protocols at Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 will apply to Terminal 3, which will also benefit from an enhanced cleaning regime.

The airport is set to reopen its second runway from Tuesday 5 April. Initially it will operate for a limited number of hours each day and will gradually increase as the demand continues to rise.

The remainder of T3, including the check-in hall and security, will be reopened at a later stage as the airport ramps up capacity in line with the recovery of passenger numbers.

Biza Tax & Duty Free in Manchester Airport Terminal 1.

Karen Smart, Managing Director of Manchester Airport, said: “After almost two years of closure, it is a positive step forward on the road to recovery to be able to partially reopen Terminal Three and resume operating from both runways.

“We have taken this decision in light of an increase in passenger numbers since Covid-19 restrictions were lifted, which is projected to continue into the summer. People who these changes apply to should make sure they bear this in mind when making their travel arrangements.

“We are also aware many passengers won’t have flown for a long time so would always encourage them to prepare for their airport journey in advance, and to remind themselves of the rules around security and hand luggage.”

As reported, Dufry officially inaugurated its 1,980sq m walkthrough duty free shop – which began trading last year – at the Terminal 2 extension earlier this year.

* Aurigny, British Airways, Eastern Airways, Iberia Express, Loganair, Ryanair, Vueling. Passengers flying on or after 27 March with British Airways, Iberia Express, Ryanair and Vueling will be asked to use the shops, restaurants and boarding gates within T3 and be directed to these areas once they have passed through T1 security – the two terminals are linked airside, with signage in place to direct passengers. Passengers with Aurigny, Eastern Airlines and Loganair will continue to use the T1 facilities for outbound journeys  and will only use T3 when arriving into Manchester.

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