easyJet, will this week move its Manchester Airport operation from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1, the airport’s flagship terminal. The move comes as a direct result of easyJet’s continued growth at Manchester which has seen the airline treble the size of its fleet and add 20 new routes since launching at the airport in 2008.
The transition to Terminal 1 reaffirms easyJet’s position as the North West’s largest airline and its commitment to further expansion at the airport following the addition of a sixth aircraft and five new routes this year.
From Wednesday, passengers flying from Manchester will benefit from access to Terminal 1’s extensive facilities including the Escape Lounge and a wider selection of shops, bars and restaurants. Terminal 1 enjoys 52 separate shops including Mango, Fat Face, Kurt Geiger and Monsoon, with retailers spending £15m refitting the shopping area, which includes the popular duty-free zone, Biza.
Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager told TravelPlus: “We’re thrilled to be marking our growth at Manchester by moving our ever-expanding operation to the airport’s flagship terminal. The move will improve the experience of passengers flying from Manchester and allow us to continue our programme of expansion.”
“Our commitment to Manchester is a direct result of the incredible level of support we have received from customers since our launch here three and a half years ago and we intend to continue to invest in the North West to provide passengers in the region with easy and affordable access to a wide range of business and leisure destinations.”
To celebrate the move, a very special easyJet plane will touch down at the airport. The bright orange airbus A320 with a white easyJet logo was specially made for easyJet to mark the delivery of its 200th aircraft. Usually white with an orange easyJet logo, easyJet planes are very distinctive because of their branding. This reversed-colour plane is even more noticeable and will be landing at Manchester Airport on 30 November.
easyJet currently flies to 26 business and leisure destinations from Manchester Airport including the recent launch of new services to Berlin, Belfast and Madrid. The airline launched at Manchester Airport in March 2008 with two aircraft operating six routes.