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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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  • rob keane says:

    “Two concert tickets to watch the show from your private balcony”

    Either this is ‘creative marketing’ or it means that hilton would otherwise not be able to sell any rooms that face onto the ground that night, unless they bought tickets for the concert.

    Sounds like in reality you are simply booking the room, no actual concert tickets are provided, or indeed required to be in the room on the night in question.

    • Jeff77 says:

      When cricket is on, I think no pitch facing rooms are available for booking (any other room is ridiculously expensive too)

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