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Manchester Airport Route News


Have announced (13th August) that they will launch a daily B757 scheduled service to Boston commencing 21st May 2020. This will replace the current 3 x weekly Virgin Atlantic service.

Thai International Airways

I think it’s fair to say that the possibility of Thai starting operations from MAN drew a little closer this month (May), when the airline published (May 16th) its performance Analysis for the first quarter of 2019. Within the public document is a section titled “Next Steps” and within next steps it states “New Destinations - Sendai and Manchester. Whilst there has been no formal announcement by the airline or airport with respect to a start date I think its fair to assume that its certainly being talked about for the very near future?


Recommence operations on Saturday 25th May with a weekly E190 flight to Minsk.


Have announced that they are to commence a new 5 x weekly service to Istanbul from 1st July and will go daily service from 21st July.

The airline will commence a weekly B737-800 / A320 charter flight to Dalaman (Mondays) on 6th May.

British Airways

Are to increase their MAN – Malaga service to 3 weekly this Summer

Easy Jet

Are to commence services from MAN to Jersey from 1st July

Have announced (6th March) the following new routes:-
Bari (summer only Wednesdays and Saturdays)
Kalamata (summer only Tuesdays and Saturdays)
Jerez (year round Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday)
Nice (year round Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday)
Belfast - 3 extra flights a week on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and 1 extra flight a week from to Budapest on Wednesday.


Has announced a new route between Manchester and Tel Aviv for summer 2019.

Flights between Manchester airport and Ben Gurion airport, which serves the Israeli city, will run three times a week (Tues, Thurs, Sun) from May 26 2019.The new B737-800 service was announced by Michael Strassburger, the airline’s vice president of commercial and industry affairs, at World Travel Market in London.


Will be reducing frequency on the MAN - Dubai route to just 2 flights daily during May.This is due to Runway works at Dubai Airport. The EK21/22 A380 flight will be reinstated on 31st May.


Etihads Boeing 777’s are not going to be around for too much longer at Manchester?

Etihads Boeing 777’s are not going to be around for too much longer at Manchester?

Will change aircraft types on their Manchester scheduled as follows:-
EY021/022 from 16th May a B787-9 replaces the B777-300ER on this service
EY015/016 from 31st March a B787-10 replaces B787-9 (Day 2 operated by B787-9 25th June – 10th September)


The sale of Flybe to “Connect Airways” was confirmed on 21st February. The Connect Airways consortium consists of Virgin Atlantic,Stobart Air and Cyrus Capital.The implications for Manchester Airport are yet to become clear.However,it would certainly appear that this option was the best for the airport.

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The joint venture partners now plan to create a “fully-fledged UK network carrier” under the Virgin Atlantic brand, which will provide a feeder network for Virgin Atlantic’s long-haul network.

It will run alongside Stobart Air’s existing wet lease operations and aircraft leasing business.

The partners said the new venture plans to “optimise Flybe's network and operations” to focus on key routes, with the aim of “continuing to enhance regional connectivity” across the UK and Ireland.

Its network will be adjusted to improve connectivity with Virgin Atlantic's long-haul network, particularly at London Heathrow Airport and Manchester Airport.

Jet 2

Will continue to operate more flights (destination based) from T2 in 2019:- Alicante (From Feb 1),Almeria (From May 4),Antalya (From Feb 16),Barcelona (From Feb 3),Bodrum (From May 2),Izmir (From May 1),Krakow (From Feb 1),Malta (From Feb 17),Menorca (From May 2),Naples (From Mar 3),Nice (From Mar 11),Pisa (From Mar 29),Pula (From May 5)Verona (From May 8)

Royal Air Maroc

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Casablanca – Manchester frequency is being revised from 3 x weekly to the following:-

1st April – 21st June 2 x weekly (Previous plan: 2 weekly in May only)
23rd June – 13th September 4 x weekly (1 of 4 weekly to be operated by Embraer E190)
16th September – 25th October 2 x weekly


New routes announced from Manchester for 2019 :-  Poitiers, Kiev, Thessaloniki, Billund, Gothenburg, Nantes, Bordeaux, Marseille and Marrakesh


 Is further expanding services from Aarhus, as the airline schedules Aarhus – Manchester nonstop service. From 01APR19, CityJet CRJ 900 aircraft will operate the new Manchester route 3 times a week. This route does not operate from 27JUN19 to 18AUG19.

SK1537 AAR 0945 – 1035 MAN
SK1538 MAN 1110 – 1400 AAR

TUI -B737-MAX 8

All B737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft are grounded. 5 x TUI B737 Max 8 are currently parked up at Manchester Airport (north of the new and as yet unopened Pier 1):- G-TUMA / B / C / D and G. G-TUMF which operated MAN-TFS on Tuesday 12th March remains parked at Tenerife South Airport (TFS).It is expected that the B737-Max 8’s will be re positioned on Friday 22nd March to the Runway 23R Passing bay (Juliet 1) for parking - further details to follow.

Turkish Airlines

Commencing 1st April have revised their scheduled for Summer 2019:-
TK1993 IST 0730 MAN 0935 daily A321
TK1995 IST 1320 MAN 1530 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun A321
TK1995 IST 1320 MAN 1530 Tue, Thu, Sat A330-300

TK1994 MAN 1040 IST 1650 Daily A321
TK1996 MAN 1630 IST 2235 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat A321
TK1996 MAN 1700 IST 2300 Tue, Thu, Sat A330-300

United Airlines

Will be replacing the Boeing 757 on their scheduled Newark service with{-
Boeing 767 - 400ER from 30th March to 28th April
Boeing 767 - 300ER from 29th April to 21st May
Boeing 767 - 400 ER from 22nd May to 25th October


Will operate 10 A320 flights per week to Barcelona from MAN for Summer 2019

Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook has said (7th February 2019) that it is conducting a "strategic review" of its airline as it seeks to find funds to invest more in its hotels business.The travel firm stressed the review was at an early stage, but would consider "all options" including a sale.

The company's fleet of 103 jets is a mix of planes it owns and leases. The company has a major operating base at Manchester Airport with Crews,Management,Engineering,Administrative staff and maintenance facilities all located at the airport.

Airlines across Europe are struggling amid fierce competition. Budget airline Germania has filed for bankruptcy and Flybe needed rescuing last month.

In contrast, Thomas Cook's airline is largely profitable. It made earnings before financing costs and tax of £129m last year, although it reported a loss in the last three months of 2018.

News of a potential sale boosted the firm's shares by 13% in early trading on 7th February.

Source BBC News.

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