Manchester set to close Terminal 2 again from 2nd September – not enough air travel demand
Manchester Airport will close its Terminal 2 from 2nd September, as there is so little air traffic. It had previously reopened in July, along with Terminal 3, after closing in March due to a ‘significant fall’ in passenger numbers caused by the the coronavirus pandemic. All flights will now operate from Terminal 1 and 3 ‘until further notice’, officials said. More countries are now included in the list, from which returning travellers have to self-isolate for 14 days – which is cutting demand for air travel.
Manchester Airport set to close Terminal 2 again in September
All flights will depart from Terminal 1 and Terminal 3
21.8.2020 (Manchester Evening News)
Manchester Airport will close one of its terminals in September after monitoring ‘travel patterns of airlines and passengers’.
Terminal 2 will be closed again from September 2.
It had previously reopened in July, along with Terminal 3, after closing in March due to a ‘significant fall’ in passenger numbers amid the coronavirus pandemic.
But airport bosses said the terminal will now close again after monitoring travel patterns of passengers and airlines in recent weeks.
All flights will now operate from Terminal 1 and 3 ‘until further notice’, officials said.
Terminal 2 will close fully – including all of its car parks – and passengers due to fly from there should contact their airlines to see which terminal their flight has been moved to.
Karen Smart, managing director at Manchester Airport, said: “Throughout the pandemic, we have worked closely with our airlines and retailers to align our operations with demand and to deliver the best possible customer experience.
“This has included introducing a number of new measures to keep passengers safe and give them the confidence to travel through Manchester Airport, in line with government guidance.
“Having re-opened Terminals Two and Three in July, we have continued to monitor the travel patterns of our airlines and passengers, in order to adapt our operations accordingly.
“With that in mind, we have taken the decision to close Terminal Two again from September 2.
“All such decisions are driven by our commitment to deliver the best possible airport experience to customers, colleagues and our airline and retail partners.”
Ms Smart added that from September 2, all flights will operate from Terminals One and Three.
“Passengers who were due to fly from or into Terminal Two after that date should contact their airlines to confirm which terminal their flight will be transferred to”, she said.
“Our Terminal Two car parks will also close effective of September 2, although customers who have booked parking after this date will be able to transfer their booking to an alternative car park.”
On Thursday afternoon (August 20), Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that three countries – Croatia, Austria, and Trinidad and Tobago – would be removed from the UK’s travel corridor list following a rise in coronavirus cases in the territories.
Holidaymakers returning from these places will now have to undergo a mandatory self-isolation period for 14 days when they return to the UK.
These rules also currently apply for Spain, including the Balearic and Canary islands, and France.