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Manchester Airport Congestion System To Launch
photo by Roger Blake
Manchester Airport has confirmed a new system to tackle congestion on its campus will go live on July 10.

In March, it announced it was creating a dedicated drop-off site, from where passengers will be able to board a free shuttle service to their terminal of choice.

It is hoped this measure will help ease growing levels of congestion on the airport campus by reducing the number of cars entering the busiest areas of the site.

Those still wanting to be dropped-off directly outside of the terminals will pay a £3 fee for five minutes or £4 for 10.

There is no change to arrangements for picking people up, with those collecting passengers asked to park in the car parks at each terminal (£4 for 30 minutes).

Tricia Williams, COO of Manchester Airport, said:
“Manchester Airport has seen a significant increase in passenger volumes in the past five years and is heavily investing in further growth and improvements to the customer experience, most notably through our £1bn transformation programme.

“This growth, coupled with imposed security restrictions on forecourt capacity and an inability to increase available space, has led to extreme congestion around the estate, especially at peak times. It became clear we had to take a more proactive approach to managing this, as Manchester Airport continues to grow, which is why we are introducing this forecourt management system.

“We are committed to ensuring people can still be dropped off free of charge at the airport, which is why we have invested in the creation of a dedicated drop-off site and free shuttle service. The location of the site has been carefully chosen due to its proximity to all terminal and the motorway network.”

The free drop off site is located at the current Jetparks 1 site, near to Terminal 2. There will be separate shuttle buses for Terminal 2 and Terminal 1/3. They will run every 15 minutes, with journey times of five and seven minutes respectively.

Manchester Airport Congestion System To Launch, 3rd July 2018, 9:32 AM