Manchester Airport’s new £1bn ‘super-terminal’ will welcome two further airlines from Tuesday as KLM and Air France become the latest to move to the facility.
The Dutch and French flag carriers will not be the only new additions to the terminal this week, with Manchester-based Italian restaurant San Carlo opening its much-anticipated new venue in departures on Thursday.
And, with the traffic light system for travel due to be scrapped from next week, airport bosses are hoping to see more passengers return to the skies. Covid measures such as an enhanced cleaning regime will remain in place for the safety of staff and colleagues, however.
KLM and Air France make move to Terminal Two
KLM’s service to Amsterdam and Air France’s route to Paris (Charles de Gaulle) will be the latest in a long line to have migrated to Terminal Two since its opening in mid-July.
More than a dozen airlines are now operating from the terminal, from long-haul carriers such as Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways to sunseekers’ favourites such as Jet2.com and TUI.
From this Tuesday (28th September) passengers travelling with KLM and Air France should now use Terminal Two. Those with Manchester Airport car park or lounge bookings will have them moved across and customers will be notified accordingly.
With travel restrictions continuing to ease, further airlines are expected to move across to Terminal Two and these changes will be communicated appropriately. Passengers can also keep an eye on the airport’s social media channels for the latest advice, guidance and information.
Buongiorno to San Carlo and coffee favourite Pot Kettle Black
San Carlo, well known on the Manchester dining scene with several city centre venues, opens its very first airport location on Thursday (30th September), quickly followed by coffee artisans Pot Kettle Black on Monday 4th October, which has fast become a firm favourite with Mancunians.
They join an impressive array of Mancunian-inspired options in the new terminal, from trendy burger and shake chain Archie’s to local brewers Joseph Holt and Seven Bro7hers, which operate the Bridgewater Exchange and Amber Alehouse respectively.
For more information on the options available see here.
Government Advice and Restrictions
In addition to checking the latest airport information, passengers are also advised to keep abreast of Government restrictions and advice. Although the system for international travel will be simplified from the start of next week, some rules will remain in place, and quarantine requirements may still apply if you are not double-vaccinated. See www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus for further information.
Manchester Airport has extensive testing facilities on site, offering pre and post travel options. All the information and prices can be found here: https://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/coronavirus/testing/
Covid-19 safety measures and processes
Throughout the pandemic Manchester Airport has had a range of Covid-19 safety measures in place and will maintain these after October 4th to ensure that we provide a safe environment for staff and passengers. These include Perspex screens and an enhanced cleaning regime, with 116 hand sanitising stations throughout the site provided by the airport’s sanitary partner Carex.
The airport also continues to follow the latest Government and Public Health England advice, as it has done throughout the pandemic. As such, it requests that passengers continue to wear a face covering where possible. For all the latest information see www.manchesterairport.co.uk/coronavirus.
Karen Smart, Managing Director of Manchester Airport, said: “It is brilliant to see yet more valued airline partners serving passengers through our new state-of-the-art facility and I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome KLM and Air France to Terminal Two. Plus, we’re delighted to see two further Manchester brands, San Carlo and Pot Kettle Black, open their doors to passengers. Feedback for the new terminal has so far been incredibly positive and we cannot wait for more and more passengers to experience it.
“With passenger numbers rising each day, we are starting to see the green shoots of recovery in our sector, and we hope that the easing of some restrictions for double-vaccinated travellers next week will help ensure that trend continues.
“Nevertheless, we are conscious of the need to provide a Covid-safe environment for passengers and colleagues so that they can feel safe and reassured when travelling through our airport. To that end, we are maintaining an enhanced cleaning regime and we encourage passengers and staff to wear a face mask when on site. Passengers are also advised to study the UK government’s travel advice carefully before they set off on their journeys.”