Manchester Airport to Open Private Luxury Terminal
by Traveleads | January 24, 2019 | Latest News On The Ground
Manchester Airport is to become the UK’s first major airport to open a private terminal, saying it will offer commercial airline passengers the experience of flying on a private jet.
PremiAir tickets will be available to all, regardless of whether they are flying economy or business class and irrespective of which airline they are using. Full pricing packages are still in the works, with details to be revealed at a later date.
Passengers get a personalised welcome, speedy baggage processing and complimentary lounge food and drink, along with a dedicated security channel. They will then be driven to their plane in a private car transfer.
Those arriving back into Manchester will also be able to use PremiAir as part of a round-trip booking or as a standalone service, benefitting from car transfer direct-from-plane and a dedicated passport control service. Luggage will be returned to them while they wait in the lounge.
With secure parking on offer at the swish terminal, bosses have calculated that passengers won’t have to walk further than 65ft between arriving at the door and getting onto their flight.
The experience will also be open to those arriving back into Manchester, with tickets available on both a one-way or round-trip basis.
Passengers who buy a golden ticket will be treated to:
A personalised welcome
Free food and drink in the lounge
Speedy baggage: Passengers will go to a dedicated baggage desk and check their bags immediately with no queueing and no hassle.
One-on-one security: Passengers and their party will be called forward from the lounge when their car is ready and taken through security to be driven to their aircraft. They will be the only ones passing through security at that time.
A chauffeur-driven ride to the steps of the plan
A chauffeur-driven ride to the terminal
Fast-track immigration with dedicated Border Force staff: As the terminal is pre-book only, airport staff will know who is being driven back to the terminal and when. The ‘naturally staggered’ process will be managed ‘smoothly at all time
Andrew Harrison, CEO for Airport Services at Manchester Airports Group (MAG), said they were offering ‘something unique for all passengers’.
He added: “It is something a large number of customers have been telling us for some time they would be interested in and we hope the services it will offer will appeal to a wide range of passengers, whether they are travelling for business, want to mark a special occasion or just want to add something different to their experience.”
MAG hopes to roll out PremiAir – which is designed by Jacobs – to other airport sites in the future.
Manchester is currently undergoing its £1bn Manchester Airport Transformation Programme, which will see terminal 2 almost double in size, and new piers and car parks added.
Manchester Airport Chief Executive Andrew Cowan said: “Our £1bn transformation will give the North the international gateway it deserves, while connecting it to the best leisure and business destinations around the world.”
The new terminal should open ‘mid-2019’.
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