Heathrow airport expansion 'will expose 1.6 million people to near constant noise'

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Heathrow airport expansion 'will expose 1.6 million people to near constant noise'

2019-08-12

Manchester Airport is gearing up for what could be the busiest day in its 81-year history.

Bosses predict a staggering figure of more than 115,000 passengers will arrive and depart from the airport over 24 hours on Friday.


As a result, holidaymakers are being advised to ensure they are fully prepared to travel.

In total over the traditionally busy Bank Holiday weekend, an estimated 430,000 passengers are expected to travel through the airport.

Brad Miller, Chief Operating Officer at Manchester Airport, said: "We're now in the middle of the summer holidays and handling more than 100,000 passengers a day. 

"As we gear up for our busiest weekend ever on the Bank Holiday, we're asking passengers to ensure they're fully prepared when they arrive at the airport to ensure their journey through is as smooth as possible."
Airport bosses said July 26 was the busiest day of the year so far in terms of departures, with an estimated 56,653 passengers flying off into the sun.

The busiest day in terms of arrivals is excepted to be Friday, August 30, with 57,825 passengers due to jet in as the summer holidays draw to a close and schools start again.

But Friday itself is expected to be the busiest day in total, with expansion over the years set to make it a record breaker.

A spokesman said: "With around 430,000 passengers expected to travel during the busy bank holiday weekend, the airport is advising customers how to make their journey through Manchester as smooth as possible."

Plan your journey.

Passengers are advised to leave plenty of time to arrive at the airport.

They are also being advised to check-in at least three hours in advance of long-haul flights, and two hours for short-haul.
Highways England has the most up to date advice on the road network. National Rail can advise on the latest with trains.

The airport said that if driving, passengers should ensure they pre-book parking as the airport's car parks can be very busy.

At the airport.

Passengers can be prepared by having all liquids, gels and pastes - no bigger than 100ml each - in a clear plastic bag for passage through security.

Coats and belts should be removed and large electrical items taken out of hand luggage for the security trays.

If a tray requires further inspection, one of the security team will then search it.

During the summer months an average of around 12,000 bags a day are rejected and sent for additional searches.
The spokesman said: "This is often because passengers have failed to comply and left liquids in their bags. On average it can add another five to ten minutes onto people's journey time through security. Multiply this by 12,000 and the minutes and hours soon add up.

Passengers with reduced mobility and hidden disabilities.

Any passengers with reduced mobility needing assistance are being advised to book in advance with their airline to avoid any delays to their journey through the airport.

This can be for all levels of reduced mobility and for passengers with a range of issues.

Information and contacts can be found here.

Passengers can pick up a sunflower lanyard from the assistance desk in each terminal.

Once worn staff are specially trained to give the right care and service to passengers with hidden disabilities.

The spokesman said: "The airport is also trialling a new quiet space in Terminal One for passengers with hidden disabilities to relax away from the busy departure lounge ahead of their flights.

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"If people require access to the Sunflower Room, they can speak to the assistance desk who will provide the location."

This year the first flights from a state-of-the-art new passenger pier serving Terminal Two took off.

Longer than the Beetham Tower is tall, the pier has 11 boarding gates and fully heated and air-conditioned air bridges docking planes to the gates for passengers.