New drop-off point at airport terminal
PART OF £1BN RENOVATION
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