New drop-off point at air­port ter­mi­nal


Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By CHAR­LOTTE COX char­ @ccox­men­media

THE DROP-off point for Manch­ester Air­port’s Ter­mi­nal Two has moved as part of the hub’s £1bn ren­o­va­tion.

In­stead of us­ing the ramp at the front of the build­ing, pas­sen­gers are now asked to drop off at the ground level in a pur­pose-built fore­court. They can then take a lift to De­par­tures.

The change - which is tem­po­rary - is to make way for works on the ma­jor project, which be­gan in the sum­mer.

Ac­cess to T2 De­par­tures from the M56 will be im­proved as part of the ren­o­va­tion.

While driv­ers cur­rently exit off the M56 spur, travel across a round­about and then into a dip and up to De­par­tures, a new di­rect ac­cess ramp will be built from the M56 spur.

The De­par­tures fore­court will be on the ex­ist­ing car park roof.

The T2 car park will be ex­tended and the road net­work im­proved.

With work con­tin­u­ing apace, dig­gers and cranes can now be seen on site and hub bosses say pas­sen­gers will see ma­jor changes to the air­port in 2019 and 2020.

Con­struc­tion of the new piers has be­gun, and the west side of Ter­mi­nal Two has been de­mol­ished. Work in­cludes the cre­ation of a ‘Su­per Ter­mi­nal’ - with T2 to be­come more than one-and-a-half times big­ger. A Manch­ester Air­port spokesman said: “As we look to trans­form Manch­ester Air­port through our £1bn de­vel­op­ment, we have made some changes to the drop off area at Ter­mi­nal Two. “We are ask­ing cus­tomers to drop off at the ground level, be­fore us­ing lifts to ac­cess the de­par­ture level. Drop off re­mains free of charge. “We want all pas­sen­gers to have a Manch­ester Air­port spokesman smooth and stress-free ex­pe­ri­ence, so we will have mar­shals and traf­fic signs in place to help pas­sen­gers find their way.”

Dubbed the big­gest sin­gle con­struc­tion project ever to take place in Greater Manch­ester, the air­port ren­o­va­tion will see Ter­mi­nal Two merge with Ter­mi­nal Three and get a 900,000sq ft ex­ten­sion.

Ter­mi­nal One will be de­mol­ished. Hub bosses say the air­field will stay up and run­ning through­out.

The en­tire project will be com­plete by 2023.

The plan comes with the prom­ise of faster check-in and se­cu­rity checks, as well as a speed­ier jour­ney through im­mi­gra­tion and bag­gage claim.

There will be more space, au­to­matic bag-drops and a new bag­gage hall us­ing the lat­est tech­nol­ogy.

Ter­mi­nal Two at Manch­ester Air­port, main pic­ture and how it will look af­ter the £1bn ren­o­va­tion

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