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BA at Manchester

MAN airport website for BA info (including security wait times): https://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/...itish-airways/

Terminal and check-in desks:

All BA flights depart and arrive at Terminal 3.


Departure:

Fast Track security is available, subject to usual BA rules. It works pretty well most of the time, but do check before you join the fast track lane if it's a single lane to avoid taking longer in fast track than in the normal lanes.

According to the airport, the following retail and food offerings are available in Terminal 3: World Duty Free, KFC, Lion & Antelope, Costa, WHSmith, Boots, The Nook, Kiosco and Pork & Pickle

Lounges:

The Escape Lounge in T3 is available for BA passengers. As with the previous arrangement at T3, we assume Escape will allow access along usual BA eligibility rules (class of travel and / or status), including 2 guests for GGL and Premier cardholders. The lounge is open from 04:00 and closes at 19:45 each day except Saturdays when it will close at 17:30.

Gates:

Flights typically depart from from Gate 142 or 143.

Boarding is generally prioritised by Groups.

Arrivals:

Flights land at Terminal 3. Travelex and WHSmith will be open in Terminal 3 Arrivals.

Flights tend to arrive at Gates 142 or 143, with an airbridge to the terminal. There is a flight of steps down to ground level once in the terminal.
Baggage collection is at Terminal 3
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BA experience at Manchester

Old Dec 20, 2021, 3:44 pm
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Originally Posted by VSLover
odd they dont mention pulling out 90% of bags for secondary perhaps contributing
The headline should read "Manchester airport - even more s*** than usual"
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Old Dec 20, 2021, 3:47 pm
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Can't believe anyone uses that sorry excuse of an airport. Train to Euston and take your pick would be my route if I lived up that way.
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Old Dec 20, 2021, 3:49 pm
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Originally Posted by bhbloke
Can't believe anyone uses that sorry excuse of an airport. Train to Euston and take your pick would be my route if I lived up that way.
I endure a 75-90 minute train journey on TPE coming from the better side of the Pennines just to get there. I think I need my head examined!
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Old Dec 20, 2021, 5:10 pm
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Originally Posted by KARFA
I endure a 75-90 minute train journey on TPE coming from the better side of the Pennines just to get there. I think I need my head examined!
We're going to give Newcastle a try next time given the smattering of positive reports on here.
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Old Dec 20, 2021, 5:18 pm
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Surely all of this comes from the Head of Security at MAN. I had one yell at me for trying to drink the last of my confiscated forgotten water in case it was exploding water. No, really, he did say I could be trying to blow myself us as the dangerous plastic bottle went into a random bin. He also did say they did things the Manchester way which was better than DfT. That's the sort of thing that's come down from senior leaders. They don't care about the customer experience, there's a real fear, worry that hundreds will die. The fact that the rest of the planet is held to the same standard without the aggro doesn't even register. Perhaps they have a zero tolerance to missed items and one mistake means no rent and hungry kids?
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Old Dec 20, 2021, 5:47 pm
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I flew in and out of MAN on the 6th November! I posted this on HFP while in the lounge. It is a ghastly airport!

I am currently in the most depressing lounge, the only one available at Manchester airport, which is itself a dull, depressing and inefficient dump! The Escape lounge currently hosting all airlines including BA. Dont get me wrong the food is actually quite good, but its a portrait in windowless beige, with some very 1970s light fittings that scream Margo Leadbetter The staff should be in kaftans!
Just before 4pm and 2 passengers advised the cant come in as this ghastly place is dedicated to Emirates long suffering customers from that time!
And dont come here hoping to get pissed! Just served the smallest brandy ever and when I had the audacity to ask it to be topped up, received a withering Margo look! And it wasnt.

As for Manchester airport! Arrival on BA is into the deserted, or should that be derelict T3, with departures from T1, a grubby area with the most awful security set up. To some extent the glacial pace of security is more to do with inept, inexperienced passengers, many of whom were visibly having to decant toiletries at the belts x ray points!
I havent been to Manchester Airport in decades and on todays experience, wont want to rush back
god I need a drink! 🙂
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Old Dec 20, 2021, 5:49 pm
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Originally Posted by KARFA
The headline should read "Manchester airport - even more s*** than usual"
i was initially concerned that it would be something good.
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Old Dec 20, 2021, 5:51 pm
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Originally Posted by kdhurst380
We're going to give Newcastle a try next time given the smattering of positive reports on here.
Even though Newcastle is an additional hours drive for me, I always prefer using NCL over MAN as its a much more pleasant experience. All the staff that I've ever interacted with have been polite and friendly and I've gone from car park to airside in a few minutes.
In Feb I'm mixing it up a bit and flying from GLA for a change. (fingers firmly crossed that the trip still goes ahead)
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Old Dec 20, 2021, 6:23 pm
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Took me 5 mins tops at NCL in Aug/Sept. No secondary searches, friendly staff, and minimal queues.
Train fares were fairly cheap (up to half the price to London), and it's around 25 to park for the day, double at MAN.

Driving wise, 2h50 to NCL; 2H20 to MAN; 3H30 to LHR.
I just find a lot of flights from NCL are expensive, so easier just to go direct to London. Too many cancellations and retimings at present (on my third one for next month -12pm to 4:30 to 9:30, or thereabouts).

A checked bag did take close to 30 mins to appear after landing from LHR, so I won't be doing that again.

Haven't been near MAN since I caught Covid, possibly there, after an hour in an office.

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Old Dec 21, 2021, 3:26 am
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Originally Posted by Mint Cake
Even though Newcastle is an additional hours drive for me, I always prefer using NCL over MAN as its a much more pleasant experience. All the staff that I've ever interacted with have been polite and friendly and I've gone from car park to airside in a few minutes.
In Feb I'm mixing it up a bit and flying from GLA for a change. (fingers firmly crossed that the trip still goes ahead)
I flew from Newcastle last week.

3rd party lounge decent and general airport experience very good. The gate staff were good and Group 1s were managed properly during boarding, I think they may have been actual BA employees which seems unusual these days.
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Old Dec 21, 2021, 5:57 am
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I used to (pre-Covid) go up to Manchester once a month to meet some mates, have a few hours of Squash on a Saturday afternoon followed by a night out.

Manchester security decided my squash racquet was a dangerous weapon and confiscated it (LHR didn't view it as such on the way up there) so ever since it's been the train for me. They make up rules as they go, and then are very unpleasant and confrontational when you question their latest made-up rule.

MAG are a disaster and any airport owned by then is best avoided.
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Old Dec 21, 2021, 6:33 am
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Security once had a pop at me in T3 when my bag was pulled aside for screening ahead of the last shuttle of the night to Gatwick - I remember it being very quiet so I think they were making an extra effort to be next level awkward.

They were adamant I had a pot of gel in my bag, I didn't, they just kept pointing at the same thing on the screen saying yes you have, that's a pot of gel. Before I even had a chance to say what it was my bag was unpacked in the tray and sure enough they had my pot of gel... it was a camera lens, a small fisheye one so only about an inch deep. It was my fault it was picked up because I didn't get it out to be screened separately despite there being no reason for me to do so. I'm sure there are some there that won't be happy until every person has their belongings spread across a dozen trays.

Noticed the last few times we've gone through T1 they have some large signs on the wall now with some more made up rules, one being that you have to remove anything electrical that's longer than 20cm from your bag. I feel for the person that turns up when they're having an off day thinking their electric toothbrush is fine where it is.

I long for the day when I get to see BA1344/1345 to God's Own County back on a boarding pass.
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Old Dec 21, 2021, 7:27 am
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Originally Posted by Simonp27
I flew from Newcastle last week.

3rd party lounge decent and general airport experience very good. The gate staff were good and Group 1s were managed properly during boarding, I think they may have been actual BA employees which seems unusual these days.
They're all Swissport, but I can't fault any of them, I think that shows in the fact you thought they were BA employees!

After LBA was suspended where possible I either take the train to London, or fly from NCL, it's a much nicer experience than MAN. Sadly I've yet to sample the Aspire lounge as it was still closed in May and July, and a few weeks ago closed before my flight left on the Saturday.

Like the previous poster I long for the return of LBA though.
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Old Dec 21, 2021, 7:44 am
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For info if anyone is travelling in the afternoon from MAN. Check in does not open until 2.5 hrs before the flight (14:40 for the 17:10) so not much point in arriving super early.
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Old Dec 21, 2021, 8:19 am
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Originally Posted by icebird
For info if anyone is travelling in the afternoon from MAN. Check in does not open until 2.5 hrs before the flight (14:40 for the 17:10) so not much point in arriving super early.
Unless your are HBO
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