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Old November 6th, 2016, 11:18 AM   #421
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Manchester now gets 2 Singapore B777 on the ground together some days.

There is also a Saudia B787, Aeroflot A330, Virgn B747 and Shaheen A330 amongst others in the shot too.

Like the good old days for long haul variety!
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Old November 11th, 2016, 10:20 AM   #422
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25 Million passengers reached.

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Old November 13th, 2016, 03:37 PM   #423
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Is Terminal 1 security trying out a new system, whereby bags are screened by computers? There's no man/woman sitting in the usual spot, looking at the X-ray images. Doesn't look like it's working on my experience today, waited 42 minutes from scanning my boarding card at the security gate, and there wasn't that many passengers. Very few lanes open, but the main problem was the system doesn't seem to have any tolerance and the machines were clogged up with trays going into the 'requires inspection' line. Overall, very bad service and I felt sorry for the obviously stressed staff, as well as passengers. Is this a new trial system, or the way things are done now?

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Old November 13th, 2016, 10:23 PM   #424
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At peak times, the security areas use a 'matrix' system whereby the X-rays are controlled from a remote location by security personnel.

It works the same way that it would if someone was sat next to the machine, instead, one agent can screen bags from 2-3 machines.

The reason for the backlogs is mainly passengers being unprepared. Always a rogue liquid, or large electrical items that cause the tray to be rejected.

TS all down to being prepared and educated, but some will never quite understand. Being a regular user of airports around the world, the amount of stupidity is unreal, and people wonder why there is a backlog.

On one occasion, a lady was arguing that her 500ml bottle of cola was not a liquid (I'm not actually joking)

A 90 something old woman had 9 inch kitchen knifes in her bag, and was questioning why she wasn't allowed to take them on board.

Another had a be gun and again questioned why it was being confiscated.

All of this takes time, searching, answering queries etc, and people wonder why it takes so long!
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Old November 14th, 2016, 04:53 PM   #425
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At peak times, the security areas use a 'matrix' system whereby the X-rays are controlled from a remote location by security personnel.

It works the same way that it would if someone was sat next to the machine, instead, one agent can screen bags from 2-3 machines.

The reason for the backlogs is mainly passengers being unprepared. Always a rogue liquid, or large electrical items that cause the tray to be rejected.

TS all down to being prepared and educated, but some will never quite understand. Being a regular user of airports around the world, the amount of stupidity is unreal, and people wonder why there is a backlog.

On one occasion, a lady was arguing that her 500ml bottle of cola was not a liquid (I'm not actually joking)

A 90 something old woman had 9 inch kitchen knifes in her bag, and was questioning why she wasn't allowed to take them on board.

Another had a be gun and again questioned why it was being confiscated.

All of this takes time, searching, answering queries etc, and people wonder why it takes so long!
Thanks for the explanation. Seems that if one person examining 2-3 machines then there is less opportunity to recheck the screen and see the potential rouge item is fine and not send it to the 'requires inspection' line. I doubt T1 passengers different from other airports, but know what you mean about daft passengers! Maybe it was working fine and just chronically understaffed when I experienced it. The airport is missing out on retail and food sales as a result of the security incompetence. I emailed the airport to complain and got an answer basically blaming passengers for not arriving 2 hours before their flight (something which I did). Perhaps instead of blaming passengers they need to plan and staff accordingly.
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Old November 14th, 2016, 09:34 PM   #426
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Terminal 3 was using the new security system when I went through on Saturday. Took me 20 minutes to get through security with fast track...
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Old February 6th, 2017, 01:37 PM   #427
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Vegetation clearance has now started at MAN which will see a multi million pound investment in the redevelopment of the airport.
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Old February 8th, 2017, 02:01 PM   #428
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Royal Air Maroc Announces New MAN-CMN Service.

Manchester is to gain a Casablanca air link with a new Royal Air Maroc service.
Flights will run three times a week from March 28, with onward connections to 33 destinations in Africa.
The airline will deploy a Boeing 737-800 on the route in a two class configuration.
The new service on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. will complement the airline’s flights from Heathrow and Gatwick.
The airline’s UK and Ireland General Manager, Achraf El Hassani, said: “Royal Air Maroc is delighted to launch the only non-stop service from the north of England direct to Casablanca, with thrice-weekly flights between Manchester airport and Mohammed V International airport.
“We are thrilled to be ....

Full story...http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articl...blanca-service
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Old February 8th, 2017, 05:10 PM   #429
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Ryanair expands at Manchester Airport with new German service...

European airline Ryanair has today (February 8) launched a new route connecting Manchester Airport with the German city of Cologne.
The service will run daily and forms part of the carrier’s Winter 2017 schedule.
Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: “Ryanair is pleased to announce a new route from Manchester to Cologne, with a daily service, as part of our Manchester winter 2017 service, which will go on sale soon.
“UK customers and visitors can look forward to even lower fares when they make advance bookings for their summer or winter holidays, so there’s never been a better time to book a low-fare flight from Manchester.“

Full story....https://bdaily.co.uk/industrials/08-...erman-service/
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Old February 10th, 2017, 10:20 AM   #430
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MAN now moves into Europe's top 20....

Record January puts Manchester Airport in Europe’s top 20


"Manchester Airport is now ranked among Europe’s top 20 airports in terms of passenger numbers after achieving its busiest January on record.
Last month saw 1,665,943 people set off for the airport’s 210 destinations as North West holidaymakers opted to ditch the cold in favour of warmer climes.
The figure represents a year-on-year increase of 11.3% and brings Manchester Airport’s rolling annual passenger total to 25,864,24 .
As a result, Manchester has now replaced Stockholm Airport in the list of Europe’s 20 busiest, ahead of airports in Lisbon, Helsinki, Athens, Vienna, Brussels and other capitals.
Manchester experienced particularly strong growth in long-haul traffic, with overall numbers up 13% during the last 12 months.
Discussing January’s passenger figures, which mark the airport’s 34th consecutive month of growth, CEO Ken O’Toole said: “To enter the top 20 airports of Europe is a significant milestone and sees us rub shoulders with the leading gateways on the continent, in terms of total passenger numbers, the mix of destinations available and the aircraft operating on those routes.
"It is pleasing that growth has been delivered across the board, with all categories of carriers continuing to recognise the strength of our catchment area, which stretches from North Wales in the west to Humberside in the east and up to the Scottish Borders.“
He continued: "A growing number of international visitors are also looking to Manchester Airport as their gateway not just to the North but the UK as a whole.
“As 2017 continues we aim to bring on more long haul routes, in order to plug the 22m people in our catchment area to key global destinations, either to unlock investment and economic opportunities for businesses, or for far flung family holidays for leisure passengers.“
In January, aircraft movements were up by 17.4% with nearly 14k planes taking off and landing on the airport’s two runways.
Cargo, meanwhile, rose year on year by 10% with 8,133 tonnes carried".

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Old February 13th, 2017, 02:03 PM   #431
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"Oman Air launches new daily flight from Manchester

Oman Air has confirmed it will begin its new daily service from Manchester to Muscat on May 1, 2017, marking the carrier’s latest move in its programme of fleet and network expansion...


Oman Air launches new daily flight from Manchester
Oman Air has confirmed it will begin its new daily service from Manchester to Muscat on May 1, 2017, marking the carrier’s latest move in its programme of fleet and network expansion.

The service will be operated by a Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner and joins the airline's double-daily flight from London Heathrow, making Manchester the only airport outside of London to operate direct flights to Muscat.
Simon Cook, Country Manager UK & Ireland at Oman Air said: “This is an incredibly exciting expansion in the UK, allowing British travellers to enjoy the convenience of flying direct from the north of England to Muscat and also the opportunity to connect with Oman Air’s global network. It demonstrates our commitment to developing Oman Air’s global network and in particular catering for the growing demand from the UK for our award-winning product and inflight service.”
Oman has had considerable investment in new hotels and in the conference, meetings and exhibitions market, helping increase airlift into Muscat.
Stephen Turner, Manchester Airport Commercial Director said: “We’re sure the 22 million people in our catchment area will be impressed by Oman Air’s fantastic on board product and will take advantage of the direct route to Oman as well as extensive onward connections available from Muscat.”
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Old February 15th, 2017, 02:20 PM   #432
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"Manchester Airport set to open new lounge brand"...


"Manchester Airport has unveiled plans for a new brand of lounge that will open in Terminal Three in April costing £1m.

1903, named after the year of the Wright Brothers first flight, will hold up to 71 people and provide a more premium offering for passengers looking to get their holidays off to a flying start. *

With fantastic views of the airfield, the lounge will offer all-inclusive luxury in an adult-only environment. With its own chef, passengers will be able to choose from seasonal dishes with locally sourced ingredients as well as enjoying complimentary drinks including premium spirits. *Passengers using the lounge will also be able to make use of Fast Track security and unlimited free Wi-Fi. *

Ken O’Toole, CEO of Manchester Airport, said: “We’re looking forward to the launch of 1903 in Terminal Three. *It’s in a prime location and will offer passengers a real slice of luxury before their flight. *We continually listen to the needs of our passengers and 1903 offers something different from our existing airport lounges.”

Beth Brewster, Executive Vice President of Business Development & Lounges for Manchester Airports Group, said: “1903 at Manchester Airport will be our flagship lounge for the brand and will provide passengers travelling through Terminal Three with the opportunity to begin their travel in the most enjoyable and relaxing manner possible. *We expect to roll the brand out in due course to our other airports.”

The lounge will be priced from £30 when booked in advance and is on sale from 1 February 2017. The airport has appointed Gariff Construction Ltd as the lead contractor.

For more information or to book, please visit our dedicated 1903 lounge page".

http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/a...-lounge-brand/
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Old February 16th, 2017, 11:30 AM   #433
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"New Manchester Winter Route To Seville Launched"...

Ryanair, Europe No.1 airline, today (15 Feb) launched a new route from Manchester to Seville, with a twice weekly service beginning in October as part of its Manchester winter 2017 schedule, which will be launched soon.Ryanair celebrated its new Manchester - Seville route by releasing seats for sale at prices starting from just £9.99, for travel in February and March. These low fare seats are available for booking on the Ryanair.com website until midnight Thursday, 16 February.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said:

“Ryanair is pleased to announce a new route from Manchester to Seville, with a twice weekly service starting in October, as part of our Manchester winter 2017 service, which will go on sale soon.

UK customers and visitors can look forward to even lower fares when they make advance bookings for their summer or winter holidays, so there’s never been a better time to book low fare flights to or from Manchester.

To celebrate our new Manchester to Seville route, we are releasing seats for sale across our European network from just £9.99 for travel in February and March,which are available for booking until midnight Thursday, 16 February. Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out" - See more at...

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Old February 16th, 2017, 12:05 PM   #434
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Thanks to Wingtips for keeping this thread active! ����
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Old February 17th, 2017, 01:44 PM   #435
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And yet more new routes for MAN...

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Another day and 2 new routes.

Thomas Cook to Santa Clara in Cuba from 5th May 2018 (no, date is not a typo, obviously planning in advance).

Thomson will also introduce a weekly St Lucia from 2nd November 2017 on Thursdays.
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Old February 17th, 2017, 03:28 PM   #436
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Manchester is now officially a major airport (qualifying with 25m PAX since November 2016).

While MAN grew more slowly than Dublin last year I would estimate that Manchester will outpace Dublin in Calendar Year 2017 ....but it will be very very tight.

MAN has a good shot at fastest growing major airport in Europe in 2017, just watch Schiphol and Barcelona El Prat as well as DUB .
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Old February 19th, 2017, 09:24 PM   #437
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Schiphol is becoming very congested so that may hold back growth there. Vueling are cancelling many routes due to reliability issues so that may reduce the growth at BCN?
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Old February 19th, 2017, 09:51 PM   #438
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We shall see. At current growth rates MAN looks like coming in third to me. If those big two growth airports slow down MAN might get first dibs at #1 for 2017.

DUB has just dropped behind MAN for now and has too few new routes incoming in the summer season to accelerate past MAN IMO.

Stansted will also become a major airport during 2017 but is at the mercy of Ryanair as to growth.
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Old February 19th, 2017, 09:59 PM   #439
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I think the growth trajectory us going to be a bit erratic this year.

On the face of it, plenty of opportunities for growth, but on the flip side, could well be some notable losses too.

In terms of MAN, it's already lost out to some Norwegian trans Atlantic flights due to competition, and while insignificant on their own, we have losses like Air Malta, Shaheen Air, Vueling to AMS postponed, Thomas Cook cancelled Malaga and so on.

For DUB, while it has secured new US routes, there needs to be an air of caution as its been noted travel to the US in general has suffered due to Trumpington, and this is Dublins particular strong point.

2017 is going to be very interesting, but far from a straightforward 'growth or loss' picture.
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Old February 20th, 2017, 10:38 AM   #440
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"Cathay Pacific increase flights from Manchester"...

"From June 2017, Cathay Pacific are adding another weekly flight to their schedule from Manchester. There will now be 5 flights a week from Manchester to Hong Kong".

This service operated using new A350.
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