Manchester Airport - General Thread


Advertisement


Billboy66

Member
Sep 20, 2018
17
13
39
Wigan
Has anyone heard anymore on future uses of the Thomas Cook hangar. I saw it mentioned that there had been a report on another forum of Virgin being interested? I’d personally be surprised as it’s such a large facility, when they have already got Heathrow and Gatwick. I’d say it was at least as big as the combined area of their existing engineering hangars.

However in a way I can see how it could prove an attractive site for A330 maintenance with so many qualified Thomas Cook Engineering staff on the market. Obviously a significant proportion of their A330 fleet uses Trent 700 engines that Thomas Cook staff would know inside out. With the A350 and A330 neo coming on line to replace the 747, it would be relatively inexpensive to train up former Thomas Cook engineering staff on these fleets.

In hindsight the TCX hangar would seem to be a better fit for the Jet2 operation than the ex Monarch hangar. However I can’t imagine after investing in converting the hangar for their operations it would be that feasible for them to switch over. The ex Monarch hangar or Air Livery hangar (I believe this is now to be used for storage) would seem more of a right size fit for an expansion of Virgin‘s engineering operations into MAN.
 

EGCC_MAN

Premium Member+
Subscriber
Feb 2, 2016
587
193
Don’t forget ... “Virgin” now includes a rather large fleet of DHC8-400’s and Embraer 175 /195’s these days.
 

LS@MAN

Active Member
Feb 20, 2018
139
28
UK
Spent the weekend in Manchester taking in the ever expanding airport and city.
Arrived from AMS on Thursday evening with KLM and what a pleasure it was not having to remove my liquids at security and only using 1 tray...something that will hopefully be adopted in the new T2 next year...
Arrived at T3 at 9.45pm no queues at immigration, I can’t work out where the 5 new e gates will go though? So from touchdown until outside the terminal a very quick 16 mins!
On Friday I noticed still how busy T1 is considering TCX no longer operate. I assume with the large EZY operation and still a handful of LS services, it’s not that much different.

Returning today from T3 with BE, security was ok quite busy but only 4/5 lanes open, only 15 mins though so not bad at all. Queued at gate 50 with about 80 other passengers, organised chaos between the lack of space, people queuing in different directions not allowing others to pass and this new Flybe hand luggage policy causing delays to both boarding and departure.
Apart from that, everything else seemed to work ok. We are lucky to have a local airport with so many services. Looking forward to seeing the new T2 extension open next year. Cheers!
 

BlueManc

Well-Known Member
Nov 7, 2017
243
53
51
Manchester
Something to distract you from work....

Plane talking

Every year, NATS handles more than 2.5 million flights. Take a journey through the skies, learn the language of aviation and see how NATS Air Traffic Controllers safely guide a real domestic flight from London Heathrow to Manchester.
 

LS@MAN

Active Member
Feb 20, 2018
139
28
UK
Do KLM always downsize number of flights for the winter period? I am connecting via AMS and due to a delay to my initial flight into AMS, I missed my connection at 16:20 and have been transferred to the next flight at 21:45! Quite a wait when there’s not a awful lot to do in the D gate area at Schiphol. I recalled an 19:00 arrival into MAN around a year or so ago, so I was very surprised when I was informed my wait would be for 5hrs and a €15 euro voucher!
Never mind...Heineken it is then!
 

LS@MAN

Active Member
Feb 20, 2018
139
28
UK
Made some quick mental observations whilst spending the weekend in Manchester and flying out today.
Any comments/feedback welcome:
  • BT pay phones still in operation
  • Pier C airbridges - cleanliness
  • Train station roof - cleanliness
  • Lack of glass on T2X compared to current T2
  • Carpet in T3 arrivals area prior to immigration - new flooring planned?
  • 6 new e passport gates in T3? Location?
  • Lighting around airfield on during daylight hours, particularly at new and current areas of T2 and inside offices
  • What is the max speed for aircraft pushback? Sometimes seems very slow compared to other European airports
  • Christmas decorations/trees in terminals and train station??
 

michael

Active Member
Dec 30, 2009
334
43
Wharfedale
Does anyone have any recent experiences of the Escape Lounge in T1? We are due to pass through T1this weekend and had booked the lounge some months ago but looking at some recent reviews there is hardly a good word for the place. Any advice please anyone?

Thanks in advance
 

Aviador

Administrator
Staff member
Subscriber
Jan 12, 2009
14,311
373
HEAD OFFICE
Just to advise:

Before Christmas I added a new airport news section located above the MAN forum page. The benefits of this is news articles can be featured on the site homepage; all the news items for MAN can be featured together in one place; it creates a one stop point for MAN news; it prevents the forums generic threads from being pushed off the 1st and 2nd page of the forum.

If a news item is relevent within a specific generic thread within the forum, the preferred way of reporting the news within the thread would be to add a link.

Examples below.

Add a url link will show as:


or

Using the forums link code will show as:

Manchester Airport reveals progress made on £1bn transformation programme
 

Rob c DSA

Platinum Member
May 27, 2017
497
193
40
worksop
To me it seems barmy, the airport has been very good at doing what it is there for attracting new routes and airlines however it could now get punished for it strange situation. Manchester is London's Heathrow other airports in the Midlands and North need to just get on with what they do and let Manchester continue to grow. Hopefully nothing comes of it and the airport keeps the momentum of the last few years.
 

Comet

Active Member
Feb 25, 2010
152
28
To me it seems barmy, the airport has been very good at doing what it is there for attracting new routes and airlines however it could now get punished for it strange situation. Manchester is London's Heathrow other airports in the Midlands and North need to just get on with what they do and let Manchester continue to grow. Hopefully nothing comes of it and the airport keeps the momentum of the last few years.
It seems that it was an airline not an airport that raised the issue according to news report in the MEN and quoted MAN saying it was an airline
 

Rob c DSA

Platinum Member
May 27, 2017
497
193
40
worksop
It seems that it was an airline not an airport that raised the issue according to news report in the MEN and quoted MAN saying it was an airline
A different report elsewhere states it could have been Peel holdings which may make some sense having Liverpool on Manchester's doorstep and being the one airport that feels Manchester's presence more than most. What and why would make an airline be so bothered and if so who could it be it seems a bit of a head scratcher why a specific airline would have such an issue with Manchester?. All operators seem to sit quite happily into the Manchester landscape, could it be BA playing games?

As things stand it is not an issue and hopefully won't become one only time will tell if that stays the case MAG have already had the same issue thrown at them at Stansted, todays announcement of Westjet is another building block and another exciting year is ahead for the airport with a number of new airlines to come later in the year.
 

Comet

Active Member
Feb 25, 2010
152
28
If it was an airport operator then I also think Peel would be the most likely but there again what in reality would they have to gain by doing so. I still think it more likley to be an airline and if it is I would go for Flybe in light of their troubles.
 

Jerry

Moderator
Staff member
Subscriber
Jun 1, 2016
11,625
373
39
Cardiff
To me it seems barmy, the airport has been very good at doing what it is there for attracting new routes and airlines however it could now get punished for it strange situation. Manchester is London's Heathrow other airports in the Midlands and North need to just get on with what they do and let Manchester continue to grow. Hopefully nothing comes of it and the airport keeps the momentum of the last few years.
I think whoever it is maybe questioning how they're attracting so many airlines and routes as it is pretty constant news from MAN about new routes and airlines. If MAN hasn't done anything wrong then I don't think they have anything to fear.
 

EGCC_MAN

Premium Member+
Subscriber
Feb 2, 2016
587
193
But FlyBe is (hopefully) set to become Virgin Connect, and MAG appears to have a good working relationship with Virgin / Delta. It would be very surprising if it was them. Besides, I think FlyBe have bigger things to worry about.

The airline concerned (if it is an airline) could even be one of the smaller names. Or one which couldn't agree terms to its liking for the introduction of new Manchester ops. Too many possibilities ... probably best not to speculate on (likely innocent) names.
 

Jerry

Moderator
Staff member
Subscriber
Jun 1, 2016
11,625
373
39
Cardiff
why a specific airline would have such an issue with Manchester?
Depends. If they feel certain operators are getting way to unfavourable deals and its effecting their business they might feel aggrieved enough to report MAN.
 
Top Bottom