Manchester Airport

We provide Air Traffic Control (ATC) services at 13 UK airports. At Manchester Airport we provide tower, approach and engineering services.

Tower Services

This is an ATC service provided for the airport and surrounding airspace. The controllers will look out of the tower windows, as well as at the ATC equipment, to give aircraft clearance to taxi, take-off and land.


This is a radar-based control service located in the lower part of the tower. Incoming aircraft are managed from approximately 40 miles away from the aerodrome, generally under 10,000ft.


An engineering team, based at the airport, are responsible for maintaining air traffic control services, such as radar and the Instrument Landing System (ILS).

The Operation: 2019

The current tower was opened in 2013.

  • Flights: 202,892 (+1% on 2018)
  • Passengers: 3m (+4% on 2018)
  • Busiest ranking: 4th—UK’s busiest airport (flights)

Annual flight movements (historical)



There are more than 210 direct flights from Manchester Airport.

  • Furthest direct route travelled to: Singapore
  • Most travelled to destination: Amsterdam
  • Airports served: 215

The Airport

Manchester Airport is home to Concorde in the Runway Visitor Park based on site. The tower is the second tallest tower in the UK. The concrete tower shaft was built in just 9 days. There are 350 steps to get to the top... or you can take the lift.

  • Height of tower: 60m
  • 2 Runways:
    • Runway 1: 3,048m x 45m
    • Runway 2: 3,050m x 45m

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