Manchester airport has started a phased reopening of its Terminal Three after being closed for two years due to the pandemic.

The “gradual” reopening of the terminal at the UK airport started on Sunday (27 March) and sees Terminal Three initially being used for arriving passengers with several airlines, including British Airways, Eastern Airways, Iberia Express, Loganair, Ryanair and Vueling.

Manchester is also planning to begin using both runways again from 5 April as the airport expects to cater for rising passenger numbers this summer.

Passengers flying with British Airways, Iberia Express, Ryanair and Vueling are being asked to use the shops, restaurants and boarding gates within Terminal Three after passing through Terminal One security.

Travellers flying with these airlines who have bookings for the Terminal One Escape Lounge have been invited to cancel and rebook for Terminal Three.

The airport plans to reopen the rest of Terminal Three, including check-in and security, at a “later stage” as capacity increases.

Karen Smart, the airport’s managing director, called the moves a “positive step forward” as traffic increases.

“We have taken this decision in light of an increase in passenger numbers since Covid-19 restrictions were lifted, which is projected to continue into the summer,” she added.

“Even though the UK government has now scrapped Covid-19 travel restrictions, passengers are still reminded to check the advice for the country they are travelling to in advance of departure.” 

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