Manchester Airport is the busiest airport in the city of Manchester and the third busiest in Britain. It is located 14 miles from the centre of the city and provides access to destinations within the UK as well as hundreds of international routes. It has the distinction of operating two runways that are more than 3000 metres in length, London Heathrow being the only other airport in UK to do so. The airport was opened in 1938 and has continued to be used by thousands of passengers every year since then. The Runway Visitor Park is a popular public viewing area inside the airport premises, where you can see different types of aircraft and view planes in the midst of their take-off and landing routines.
The use of the airport by millions of passengers has helped to boost the economy of the area considerably, with most local businesses benefitting tremendously from the wealth of traffic to the area. Serviced offices and executive suites are in high demand around Manchester Airport. Retail spaces in the vicinity of the airport are taken by fashion houses, pubs and cafes, chemist stores, pharmacies, accessory shops and book stores. Plans are under way for developing Manchester Airport City as a key international business destination.
Entertainment And Dining Out
There are several hotels near Manchester Airport that have excellent bars and pubs for night-time entertainment. If you have the time to spare, you can catch a live music show at the Manchester Arena, or a world class play at one of its famous theatres, such as the Palace Theatre and the Royal Exchange Theatre. The Hilton and Marriott Hotels near Manchester Airport offer fabulous dining options, serving British as well as international cuisine. If you head into the city, you can visit Dee Thai for some superb Thai fare or Manzen for authentic Chinese dishes such as dim sum and pot-stickers.
Manchester Airport railway station provides convenient access between Terminals 1 and 2 and also runs numerous train services directly from the airport to central Manchester. Various other destinations such as Wigan, Crewe, Southport and Edinburgh can also be reached via train services from this station. Regular bus services run to the city centre throughout the day and night.