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Manchester Airport tries again to reopen Terminal 3, with British Airways moving back

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Manchester Airport has confirmed that Terminal 3 will reopen on 22nd April. Regular readers will know that the opening was originally planned for 27th March, before being pulled at the last minute after the airport realised that it did not have enough staff available.

According to the airport website, the airlines moving across on the first day are:

  • Aurigny
  • British Airways
  • Eastern Airways
  • Flybe
  • Iberia Express
  • Loganair
  • Ryanair
  • Vueling
British Airways lounge Manchester Airport

This is a slightly different list from the one published before the original reopening. Blue Islands appears to be remaining in Terminal 1 for now but Iberia Express and Vueling are now moving.

With the British Airways lounge in Terminal 3 – image above – being permanently closed, it isn’t clear what facilities will be available.

Here is our last review of the Escape lounge in Manchester Terminal 3 which is underwhelming, although certainly not the worst Escape lounge. It is the only Priority Pass option, with Aspire not being present in Terminal 3.

There is a 0% chance that British Airways will pay for its customers to use the premium 1903 lounge, reviewed here although you may want to pay if it is a special occasion.

Details of the lounges can be found on the airport website here.


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Comments (23)

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  • Dave says:

    BA are using escape lounge in t3

  • Dan says:

    Just for info, that image isn’t of the Hilton Old Trafford (the red square building is the hospitality part of the ground for ticket holders) the Hilton is further round the ground.

    • Jeff77 says:

      I stayed there a month ago. That’s definitely the hotel. The hospitality bit is on the other side of the pavilion

      • Thegasman says:

        I concur. Facing the pavilion from the pitch the hotel is to your right & hospitality to the left.

    • Rob says:

      Oh 🙂 Thanks.

  • Andy says:

    I stayed there a couple of years ago not knowing it overlooked the ground. Got a real shock when I opens the blinds, even though they were ripping up the pitch at the time

  • NorthernLass says:

    We used the T3 Escape lounge last month. If you’re there in the morning you can have a cooked breakfast, which is an improvement on the old BA lounge. If you are so inclined you can accompany this with the sparkling wine on draught from the bar (I don’t know if they would serve this in a pint glass if you asked)!

  • NorthernLass says:

    The Chili Peppers/HGI experience is now sold out 😔

    • Rob says:

      No real surprise there. Given how pricey Manchester hotels can get, it was a decent price just for the room 🙂

      • DanGK says:

        I got the second to last one at 7.15am. I think the last one was still available an hour later when I checked.

    • Babyg says:

      yup – these always go instantly when blogged about… harry/chillies were available last night as mentioned in the article… in previous years Hilton/Marriott auctions were hidden gems – alas not so much any more…

      • Rob says:

        They were available all day yesterday, from at least 8am, and potentially from some point on Wednesday.

  • bsuije says:

    Along similar vein – several Bonvoy Moments redemptions available at the O2 for the next month or so (Dua Lipa, Celine Dion, Little Mix, darts…).

  • Panda Mick says:

    I find the BA lounge at MAN absolutely soulless. Whilst it may have the free drinks and stuff, it’s got the heart of a 1970s motorway service station.

    And it’s stupidly big as well…. I’ve never seen more than 6 people using it… I’m sure it would be better utilized as a third party lounge…. I’d love to know how much it costs BA to have it…

    • Rob says:

      You mean the old lounge, as in our picture? That is gone, stripped out, dead.

      • TimM says:

        Forever cost-cutting and getting worse. I feel the Government should invite tenders for the name ‘British Airways’ for an airline that is truly British, rather than merely London-based, and can offer the service levels a flag-carrier is expected to. At the moment BA is something of an embarrassment to Britain.

        • dougzz99 says:

          We have a government that is entirely self-serving, incompetent and led by a man that lies whenever his lips move. You’re embarrassed about an airline?

      • Lawrence says:

        You can totally see why. With the number of, no only BA, but OneWorld in general, flights operating out of Manchesterford, the number of business / status flyers must be minimal. Even when American were flying from there, it was usually very quiet except for the hour before the American flight to Philadelphia left. And with that gone, I expect it’s not much over low teens of people at any one time who would have access.

        Just a shame that Escape Lounge isn’t exactly the best. And, as you said, the prospect of 1903 being paid for is very, very low

        Escape COULD be good, but generally gets packed out with hen night groups going for lots and lots of prosecco before they fly. Which kills the relaxing pre-flight buzz

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      It wasn’t stupidly big when the lounge first opened. There was a lot more BA flights back then. Some to the US, some to European destinations as well as regular shuttles to both LHR and LGW. The lounge used to take up the full circle (the space where the Escape lounge is too) and that wasn’t even enough so was also at one point expanded into where the 1903 lounge now is. When BA cut back on their non-hub operations they didn’t need as much lounge space. So the bit where the 1903 is now lay empty for years and part of the circle (where Escape is now) was given to Flybe

  • Lee says:

    Is any lounge still open after 5pm at MAN T2? Looks like I wouldn’t have any lounge to use with Qatar flight leaving 21:30

    • AL says:

      Escape is open until 20:45 on Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays. It closes at 5pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. 1903 is open until 13:30 daily.

      Lounges, like much at MAN, are a shambles. If I wasn’t able to get in to 1903 with my VS Gold (which, as a word of warning, if you’re trying to use status to get in legitimately, be prepared for a bit of pushback!), I would probably just hang out in Pot Kettle Black for a bit, which has good coffee and decent food.

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