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Old 26th Feb 2022, 12:38
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ather than people claiming there's a bias for or against any particular airport, i think it would be sensible to reflect upon:

- which airport(s) are in the press
- how oftern they are in the press
- what are the issues being reported

A week ago I deprted from MAN T1. Security queue was around 5 mins (around 11am).
Yesterday I landed at another MAG airport - STN - I paid for fast track passport control but had I not I estimate the queue would have been around 5-10 mins.

I was dreading MAN security queue but as it happened it was a non event. Arriving into MAN has always been rather slow in my opinion (pre pandemic) so I do actively try to avoid MAN international arrivals. That said my longest ever UK international arrival was from LIS two years ago into LHR T2 - which took around 70 minutes.

This morning I departed from LGW. The app said security queue was 7 mins. We opted for the family queue and it took 20 mins (bad choice!).
Monday I will be flying from BRS
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Old 26th Feb 2022, 14:44
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A recent experience of T1 check-in/departures was very poor after some technical problem had caused the baggage conveyor behind the check-in desks to stop working. That left hundreds of passengers to manoeuvre their bags into the small belt next to security with each bag having to be manually checked. Some passengers were told to go downstairs to the RYR check-in area to deposit their bags but after queuing there were then told to go back upstairs to the conveyor next to security, with little direction from anyone as to which was the correct queue. The check in staff did say that this was not a one off problem with the baggage system.

This also resulted in a knock on effect at security where there were very long queues. All in all a very miserable 2 hour experience until reaching the departure hall.

I appreciate that MAG will be reluctant to spend anything on T1 infrastructure but the terminal really is dreadful now and the sight of a line of buckets to capture rainwater along the walkway towards the station really sums it up.


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Old 27th Feb 2022, 11:15
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£100 of all EI MAN US routes until start of summer timetable. I’m guessing there are a lot of empty seats…
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Old 27th Feb 2022, 16:36
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Originally Posted by CabinCrewe
£100 of all EI MAN US routes until start of summer timetable. I’m guessing there are a lot of empty seats…
There probably is but they've been doing these kind of sales regularly for years, Dublin had the exact offer a few weeks back so it appears to be accross the board.

JFK at least seems to have had a notable and sustained uptick in loads since the February half term.
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Old 27th Feb 2022, 19:21
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I'd say it's more like a PR campaign and awareness building exercise. As has been said, all airlines offer seat sales at key times in the year. The loads are healthy and improving and remember these routes are a few months old and launched in Covid ... from what I have seen they are doing very well indeed.
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Old 28th Feb 2022, 15:57
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£100 OFF.
Fixed it for you. 😁
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Old 28th Feb 2022, 21:58
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Forty minutes to pass through T1 security yesterday afternoon, (departures A ryanair) only a few scanners operating, still way behind the standards of other similar sized airports.
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Old 1st Mar 2022, 09:33
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If you follow the airport on Twitter then you will be aware that they appear to be having problems recruiting Security staff - there are very nearly daily posts highlighting vacancies.
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Old 1st Mar 2022, 16:36
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Forty minutes to pass through T1 security yesterday afternoon
That’s not bad at the moment, you did well.

Many departments at the airport laid staff off when Covid struck and they are still trying to get back to pre pandemic staffing levels. Security staffing is still well below what is required therefore only a few scanners can be manned.

it should also be said that the situation isn’t helped by passengers who still haven’t managed to get the hang of getting prepared before they arrive at the scanners.
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Old 1st Mar 2022, 18:52
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If there are passengers who still haven’t managed to get the hang of being prepared before they arrive at the scanners, then it’s reasonable to assume that they never will be. Staffing and processes should recognise that. Security is an ongoing issue at MAN, employing absolutely anyone on minimum wage will do nothing to address that.
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Old 2nd Mar 2022, 01:19
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It's a combination of luck and the time you pass through. Outbound through T2 security today (1st) there was no delay at all for me. Straight through. Staff chatty and friendly as well; they often get a bad rap on here.

Returned through T1 just after midnight. Probably a couple of minutes queue at UK Border. All went very smoothly. Staff there were very friendly as well.

I'm aware that these departments have difficult moments, but we should acknowledge that there are also long periods where everything goes to plan. I couldn't fault the airport staff today. Top notch. Likewise aboard TUI (out) and EasyJet (back).
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Old 2nd Mar 2022, 04:29
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Completely unscientific sample size, but I expected getting to T1 at 5am this morning would mean a fair sized queue (even pre covid) given there are now a lot of first wave departures. A bit shocked to be through in 9 minutes!

Security staff were perfectly civil, and looked like most if not all lanes were open.

Edit: the BA Heathrow flight going from gate 15 is just weird!!!

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Old 2nd Mar 2022, 06:33
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The security staffing is seemingly the same every day. So generally it’s been ok on on weekdays outside school holidays. However on weekends (and during the whole of the February half term) the queues and delays have been big.

Also, come the last week of this month, the summer schedules start for many of the airlines. The number of operated flights takes a sudden upturn. Not entirely sure how Terminal 1 will cope as it’s already been at full capacity during peak times (with regards to seating, security, queues out the door at all food premises etc).
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Old 2nd Mar 2022, 07:47
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Yes I departed through T1 last Friday evening and it was 45 minutes to get through security then. Staff were trying their best and all polite etc but can’t help but feel the queuing system isn’t the best where they break up 2 queues into 4/5 scanners then merge them back together again. Just leads to frustration when it barely moves, when you get closer to the scanners it moves fairly well.
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Old 2nd Mar 2022, 10:05
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Originally Posted by Curious Pax
Completely unscientific sample size, but I expected getting to T1 at 5am this morning would mean a fair sized queue (even pre covid) given there are now a lot of first wave departures. A bit shocked to be through in 9 minutes!

Security staff were perfectly civil, and looked like most if not all lanes were open.

Edit: the BA Heathrow flight going from gate 15 is just weird!!!
Yes indeed…security seems to be hit and miss in the week at times.

Ref the BA flights at T1 stands/gates at the moment, this is due to work being done inside T3…maybe an indication it might reopen…
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Old 2nd Mar 2022, 10:09
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Originally Posted by Dct_Mopas
The security staffing is seemingly the same every day. So generally it’s been ok on on weekdays outside school holidays. However on weekends (and during the whole of the February half term) the queues and delays have been big.

Also, come the last week of this month, the summer schedules start for many of the airlines. The number of operated flights takes a sudden upturn. Not entirely sure how Terminal 1 will cope as it’s already been at full capacity during peak times (with regards to seating, security, queues out the door at all food premises etc).
We hopefully this week get confirmation from MAG that T3 will hopefully reopen at the end of March…this would coincide with the airlines summer schedules starting.
Ryanair would then move back to T3 to give T1 some breathing space…
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Old 2nd Mar 2022, 10:45
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Originally Posted by MANFAN
We hopefully this week get confirmation from MAG that T3 will hopefully reopen at the end of March…this would coincide with the airlines summer schedules starting.
Ryanair would then move back to T3 to give T1 some breathing space…
Just wondering though where the new staff/security for T3 would come from. They seem to be desperately short of such staff...Robbing Peter to pay Paul would not help at all..
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Old 2nd Mar 2022, 10:51
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https://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/recruitment/

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Old 2nd Mar 2022, 11:23
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Thank you, HOVIS. QED……£12.04 includes a 22.5% shift allowance. Poor recompense for unsocial hours.
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Old 2nd Mar 2022, 14:16
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Perhaps with the possibility of fuel stop flights in mind, MAN has eased the No-Divs notam for March.

NOTAM A1795/22: Manchester Airport (EGCC)​

A1795/22 NOTAMN
Q) EGTT/QFALT/IV/NBO/A /000/999/5321N00217W005
A) EGCC B) 2202282359 C) 2203312359
E) INBOUND DIVERSIONS MAY BE ACCEPTED, SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION THAT GROUND HANDLING SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE FLIGHT.
CREATED: 28 Feb 2022 17:26:00 SOURCE: EUECYIYN
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