Manchester Airport is making huge strides in reducing queues


Manchester Airport has seen a “marked improvement” in reducing waiting times through security over the past month.

The UK’s third-largest airport said 92% of people made it through security in less than 30 minutes in July, with that number rising to 95% in the last week of the month.

The airport said it was able to make the improvement during the summer peak period after hiring hundreds of new employees since the start of the year.

Ian Costigan, the airport’s chief operating officer, said: ‘We have made huge progress since April, having seen 600 people start working in security since the start of the year, and a further 280 are waiting for clear the background checks and get started.

“We are pleased to report that as the number of employees has increased, the experience offered to the vast majority of our passengers has improved.”

The airport is also “reinforcing” its advice to passengers to arrive three hours before their flight but “no sooner or later, which can often compound the problem and create unnecessary queues”.

Costigan added: “We are also working closely with third parties across the airport to support their operations.

“As our recruitment continues and more people join the operation, by the fall we should be back to the improved experience people are looking for from Manchester Airport, and in a much better place for summer 2023.”


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