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Manchester Airport

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Manchester Airport Delay - Trouble with your Airline

About Manchester Airport

Construction began on Manchester Airport in 1935 and by 1938 it was fully operational and open to the public. It is now considered one of the largest and busiest airports serving the UK. There are an estimated 20 million passengers who use its services every year flying on 100 different airlines that travel to over 200 destinations around the world. Some of the largest scheduled airlines include easyJet, Ryanair, British Airways, Jet2, Monarch, Flybe, Virgin Atlantic, Air France, American Airlines, United Airlines and Etihad. Due to its large size and status, Manchester Airport is also considered a major employment center in Northwest England. Current information shows that they employ around 19,000 people at the airport thus supporting the local economy.

Statistics and Services

The average delay time for all flights from Manchester between January and December 2013 was 12.18 minutes. This is a decrease from the previous two years which averaged around the 13 minute mark. Only 0.58% of flights leaving the airport in 2013 were delayed by 3 hours or more and 4.12% were an hour or more late. 78.96% of all flights leaving Manchester airport depart within 15 minutes of the scheduled take-off time. When you compare Manchester to the top ten UK airports of 2013, it comes in 8th place for delays, with the average among all ten being 10.5 minutes.

Considering that Manchester is the second largest airport outside of London, there are plenty of things for delayed passengers to do while they wait to board their plane. It is home to over 120 different shops and restaurants spread out over 3 terminals. The airport has also built an Aviation Viewing Park for enthusiasts and visitors, which is home to the Concorde G-BOAC – the retired British Airways flagship aircraft from the airline’s original Concorde fleet. For those stuck for longer delay periods, the airport offers free wifi for 60 minutes every 24 hour period. They also have an overnight shop and cafe located in Terminal 2 and several lounges throughout. For quick tips on overnight stays check out the guide on Sleeping in Airports.

What to do if you’re one of the few…

EU regulations state that passengers who have their flights cancelled or experience a delay of three hours or longer are entitled to financial compensation. The exact amount of compensation depends on both the distance of the flight and length of the delay. The law experts here at Flightright are able to help passengers make a claim as fast and as easy as possible. To check if you are one of the thousands who qualify, click the button below!

What rights do I have?

Under EU law, you can get up to 480£ compensation in the event of a delay, cancellation or overbooking of your flight.
This is true regardless of the ticket price and up to 6 years retrospectively.


What to do when delayed?

  • gather information
  • Take photos
  • You are entitled to vouchers
  • Keep documents from the airline, such as letters, tickets, vouchers
250 €
Up to 1,500 KM
2H Delay
400 €
1.500 KM - 3.500KM
3H Delay
600 €
Mer än 3500 km
6H Delay
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