Manchester Airport was started in 1935 under the name of Ringway Airport and partly opened in 1937 being completed in 1938. It is located in Ringway which is in Wilmslow. During the Second World War it was an RAF base and was very important I producing military aircraft and training parachutists. After the war it went back to being a civilian airport and slowly expanded over the years. It was the busiest airport in the UK after Heathrow in London for a few decades. In 1972 a motorway was opened by the airport and in 1993 there was a railway station and then form 1997 there was a second runway built at the airport.
Activities did reduce though after they sold BA Connect to Flybe and ended their franchise with GB Airways. In 2008 they stopped their daily New York JFK service and in 2013 stopped their London-Gatwick service. There is still a high frequency shuttle service to London Heathrow. American Airlines has daily flights to New York JFK and Chicago O’Hare and they also offered seasonal flights in the past to other North American destinations.
Flybe has added new routes from the airport and also introduced the mini hub which made it easier to travel to various domestic destinations more easily with short transfer times between them. In 2013 Virgin Atlantic introduced Little Red which was a short-haul brand to Gatwick and Heathrow but they were not popular and stopped in 2015.
In the future it is proposed that the airport expand. It has already demolished some buildings to make way for a new taxiway and an extension of terminal 2 is hoped to be achieved soon with improvements made to aid the ground movement of the aircraft. The airport has great plans for expansion but neighbours are not keen on the plans. The possibility of more traffic, increased noise and lost land are among some of the concerns.
There are three passenger terminals at the airport and they are all linked together by travellators and a skylink. Terminal 1 is used for schedules and chartered flights to Europe and other worldwide destinations. It was opened in 1962 and is a base for EasyJey, Jet2 and Thomas Cook. It will not be included in the airport expansion plans and will mainly be demolished, despite being the biggest terminal at present. Terminal 2 is also used by many airlines for chartered and scheduled flights around the world and Europe. It is designed to easily be expanded and there are plans to do this. Terminal 3 was opened in 1989 and was originally called Terminal A and changed names a few times before Terminal 3 was settled upon. It is mainly used by British Airways and for domestic flights.
As with all airports it does have a history of delays. These can happen due to many reasons form strikes to the weather and many passengers can be affected by them. They can not only be annoying, but can cause big problems, particularly if you miss connecting flights, miss part of a holiday or do not return home early enough to get back to work. If you delay is the fault of the airline, you might be able to claim compensation.
The rules are very firmly set and so you need to fit certain criteria in order to claim. If you airline is either based in the EU and you landed in an EU airport or if the flight left from an EU airport then you can make a claim under the EU regulation 261/2004. If your airline does not fit these criteria then you may still be able to make a claim for compensation but you will have to check other regulations. In the case of an EU claim you will get compensation if you have been delayed for more than three hours at the fault of the airline. If you leave more than three hours late this will not matter, it is the arrival time that is important as it can be possible to make time up during a flight. The amount of compensation you get will depend on how long you are delayed for, obviously the longer the delay, the higher the compensation but it can also depend on the length of the flight with longer flights which are delayed for over four hours being the highest amount and short flights delayed just over three hours being the least. However, as the amount varies between 250 and 600 Euros it can still be worth making a claim if you think that you qualify.
There are three main situations when you may be able to claim compensation. If there is a delay caused by the airline that is over three hours, if your flight is cancelled or if you get bumped off the flight. Delays happen for many reasons but the airline only has to compensate you if it was their fault and over three hours. If a flight is cancelled, the rules are similar so it is only if the cancellation is the airlines fault do they need to pay compensation. They should offer an alternative flight or a refund on the ticket price but there may be compensation due as well. The final reason is being bumped off a flight. This happens because flights are overbooked as airlines assume not everyone will turn up and sometimes they do. They may ask for volunteers to take an alternative flight and will negotiate directly with them offering alternative flight and perhaps vouchers for food/drink/hotel while they wait and it is up to the volunteers to negotiate with the airline. However, if there are not enough volunteers then the airline may choose people to leave the flight and these can claim compensation if this means that their arrival is delayed.