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{{infobox|fullname=Manchester Airport|location=Manchester, England|iata=MAN|icao=EGCC|aptype=Commercial|website=http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk|mapurl=http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?ll=53.354138,-2.279320&spn=0.029493,0.076484&t=h&hl=en|mapsource=Google Maps|atctower=118.625 (23R/05L)119.4 (23L/05R|atcground=121.85 (Primary) 125.375 (Secondary)|atcclearance=121.7 (delivery)|atcapproach=118.575 & Director 121.35 |atcdeparture=118.625 & 119.4|atcatis=128.175 (Arrivals) 121.975 (Departures)|atcunicom=}}
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{{infobox|fullname=Manchester Airport|location=Manchester, England|iata=MAN|icao=EGCC|aptype=Commercial|website=http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk|mapurl=http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?ll=53.354138,-2.279320&spn=0.029493,0.076484&t=h&hl=en|mapsource=Google Maps|atctower=118.625 (23R/05L)119.4 (23L/05R|atcground=121.85 (Primary) 125.375 (Secondary)|atcclearance=121.7 (delivery)|atcapproach=118.575 & Director 121.35 |atcdeparture=118.625 & 119.4|atcatis=128.175 (Arrivals) 121.975 (Departures)|atcunicom=|psh=http://www.plane-spotting-hotels.com/index.php/499/}}
    
In 2004, Manchester International Airport (Ringway) was voted Britain’s premier spotting airport by a well-known aviation magazine, and anyone who has been there will probably agree with them. It is not a question of which is the best place to watch planes at Manchester, more a question of which spot do I want to choose?  
 
In 2004, Manchester International Airport (Ringway) was voted Britain’s premier spotting airport by a well-known aviation magazine, and anyone who has been there will probably agree with them. It is not a question of which is the best place to watch planes at Manchester, more a question of which spot do I want to choose?  
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[[Image:T2View.JPG|thumb|right|Terminal 2 from the top of the Multi-Story.]]
 
[[Image:T2View.JPG|thumb|right|Terminal 2 from the top of the Multi-Story.]]
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13th Floor of the multi-storey car park - Terminal 1 - Views of Runway 1 where you can view aircraft landing and taking off, also close views of aircraft parking and moving from Terminals 1 & 2 plus a good view of the Cargo area. Level 13 now being used by the Car Rental Companies. But there isn't any facilities here any more. Toilets are situated in the Terminal 1 arrivals area, just get the lift down from Level 12. Some thoughtfully provided camera holes are in the security fences. Be warned however that this is a short-stay car park and is very expensive to park your car:
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13th Floor of the multi-storey car park - Terminal 1 - Views of Runway 1 where you can view aircraft landing and taking off, also close views of aircraft parking and moving from Terminals 1 & 2 plus a good view of the Cargo area. Level 13 is now being used by the Car Rental Companies. Unfortunately there aren't any facilities here any more. Toilets are situated in the Terminal 1 arrivals area, just get the lift down from Level 12. There were some thoughtfully provided camera holes in the security fences, however these have now been filled in. Although it is still extremely easy to take photographs from here, you may occasionally encounter difficulties, especially when using wide-angle lenses.
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Be warned however that this is a short-stay car park and is very expensive to park your car:
    
http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/manweb.nsf/Content/ShortStayPark
 
http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/manweb.nsf/Content/ShortStayPark
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It has 3 raised platforms for better viewing and photography, a very good snack bar, Family picnic areas and clean Male and Female toilet facilities. There is also a well-stocked aviation shop selling books, aircraft models, binoculars and radios etc.
 
It has 3 raised platforms for better viewing and photography, a very good snack bar, Family picnic areas and clean Male and Female toilet facilities. There is also a well-stocked aviation shop selling books, aircraft models, binoculars and radios etc.
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Signposted from main terminal areas and railway station. This A.V.P also contains a '''British Airways Concorde G-BOAC''' (for details of tours see below), '''BAe Avro 146-RX100''', '''Monarch DC-10''' nose section, De Havilland Vampire jet fighter (at the moment been removed for restoration), and a '''BEA British European Airways Hawker Siddley HS-121 Trident 3B G-AZWK''' aircraft resplendent in full BEA Colours, which you can have a tour of (at cost).
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Signposted from main terminal areas and railway station. This A.V.P also contains a '''British Airways Concorde G-BOAC''' (for details of tours see below), '''BAe Avro 146-RX100''', '''Monarch DC-10''' nose section, and a '''BEA British European Airways Hawker Siddley HS-121 Trident 3B G-AZWK''' aircraft resplendent in full BEA Colours and '''RAF BAe Nimrod MR2 XV231''', which you can have a tour of (at cost).
    
The A.V.P is situated off the A538 between Junction 6 of the M56 motorway and the airport tunnels.  
 
The A.V.P is situated off the A538 between Junction 6 of the M56 motorway and the airport tunnels.  
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From the Junction 6 Roundabout follow signs for Wilmslow. After a very short distance you will see Sunbank Lane on the left with a sign post for “Concorde”. Turn left here and then immediately right at the crossroads onto  Wilmslow Old Road and follow to the end.
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From the Junction 6 Roundabout follow signs for Wilmslow. After a very short distance you will see Sunbank Lane on the left with a sign post for “Concorde”. Turn left here and then immediately right at the crossroads onto  Wilmslow Old Road and follow to the end. Be aware that Wilmslow Old Road is a very narrow and twisty country lane with very few sections of pavement for pedestrians, so keep an eye out for traffic, which tends to speed along this road.
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You can get to the A.V.P by bus from the "The Station" at the Airport, which is situated mid-way between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 . Journey time by bus is approximately 5 minutes. The Swans Shuttle bus 200 operates year round on weekends and Bank Holidays. Buses leave The Station at 09:16, then every hour until 17.16. Buses leave the Viewing Park every hour 09.25 until 17.25. The fare is around £1.50 for a return ticket.
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You can get to the A.V.P by bus from the "The Station" at the Airport, which is situated mid-way between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 . Journey time by bus is approximately 5 minutes. The Swans Shuttle bus 200 operates year round on weekends and Bank Holidays. Buses leave The Station at 09:16, then every hour until 17.16. Buses leave the Viewing Park every hour 09.25 until 17.25. The fare is £1.40 for a single (one-way) ticket, or £2.30 for a return (July 2011).
    
Arriva North West operates a regular daily service (bus 18, 18A, 20, 20A) stopping at the rear of the World Freight Terminal from where the Aviation Viewing Park is approximately a 10 minute walk. Full timetables for the service can be found at http://www.arrivabus.co.uk but generally there are four services per hour in each direction between The Station (Stand K) and the Freight Terminal. Some evening services are operated by service number 19. The adult single fare is £1. From the Freight Terminal bus stop, turn left out of Viscount Drive on to Avro Way and follow the road to where it bends round to the left. Walk into the junction on the right - you should see LSG SkyChefs on your right hand side, and a yellow and black car barrier ahead with a bollard to allow pedestrians through. Pass the barrier and turn left up the lane (Wilmslow Old Road, as in the directions above.) The AVP is about 6-7 minutes walk, right at the end of this lane.
 
Arriva North West operates a regular daily service (bus 18, 18A, 20, 20A) stopping at the rear of the World Freight Terminal from where the Aviation Viewing Park is approximately a 10 minute walk. Full timetables for the service can be found at http://www.arrivabus.co.uk but generally there are four services per hour in each direction between The Station (Stand K) and the Freight Terminal. Some evening services are operated by service number 19. The adult single fare is £1. From the Freight Terminal bus stop, turn left out of Viscount Drive on to Avro Way and follow the road to where it bends round to the left. Walk into the junction on the right - you should see LSG SkyChefs on your right hand side, and a yellow and black car barrier ahead with a bollard to allow pedestrians through. Pass the barrier and turn left up the lane (Wilmslow Old Road, as in the directions above.) The AVP is about 6-7 minutes walk, right at the end of this lane.
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===Scheduled/Charter Airlines===
 
===Scheduled/Charter Airlines===
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*British Airways - Boeing 737, Airbus A319/320/321
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*British Airways - Airbus A319/320/321
*American Airlines - Boeing 767
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*American Airlines - Boeing 757/767, Airbus A330
*Continental Airlines - Boeing 757
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*United Airlines - Boeing 757
 
*Delta Air Lines - Boeing 757/767
 
*Delta Air Lines - Boeing 757/767
*PIA - Boeing 777, Airbus A310
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*Emirates - Airbus A380, Boeing 777
*US Airways - Airbus A330
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*Etihad - Boeing 777, Airbus A330
*Monarch Airlines - Airbus A300/320/321/330, Boeing 767
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*Qatar Airways - Boeing 777/787, Airbus A330
*First Choice Airways - Boeing 757/767
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*Cathay Pacific - Boeing 777
*Flybe - Dash 8-400, Embraer 145/195
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*Singapore Airlines - Boeing 777
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*PIA - Boeing 777
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*Monarch Airlines - Airbus A320/321
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*Flybe - Dash 8-400, Embraer 170/195, ATR72, Dornier Do328, Saab S2000
 
*Jet2.com - Boeing 737/757  
 
*Jet2.com - Boeing 737/757  
*Thomsonfly - Boeing 737/767
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*Thomson - Boeing 737/757/767/787
*Air France - Airbus A318/319/320, Embraer 195, Fokker 100
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*Air France - Airbus A318/319/320/321
 
*KLM - Boeing 737, Embraer 190
 
*KLM - Boeing 737, Embraer 190
*Lufthansa - Boeing 737, Airbus A319/320/321, CRJ-100/200/700/900
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*Lufthansa - Airbus A319/320/321, CRJ-900
*BMI & bmibaby - Boeing 737, Airbus A319/320/321, Embraer 135/145
   
*Finnair - Airbus A319/320, Embraer 170/190
 
*Finnair - Airbus A319/320, Embraer 170/190
 
*Turkish Airlines - Airbus A320/321, Boeing 737
 
*Turkish Airlines - Airbus A320/321, Boeing 737
*CSA Czech Airlines - Boeing 737
   
*Ryanair - Boeing 737-800
 
*Ryanair - Boeing 737-800
*Aer Lingus - Airbus A320
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*Aer Lingus - Airbus A320, ATR72
*Virgin Atlantic Airways - Boeing 747-400, Airbus A340-300
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*Thomas Cook - Boeing 757/767, Airbus A320/321/330
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*Virgin Atlantic Airways - Boeing 747-400, Airbus A330/340
 
plus many more, for a full list (and of which Terminal) click on this link: http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk.
 
plus many more, for a full list (and of which Terminal) click on this link: http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk.
    
===Cargo Airlines===
 
===Cargo Airlines===
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*Cathay Pacific Cargo - Boeing 747-400
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*Lufthansa - Boeing 777, McDonnell Douglas MD11
*Great Wall Airlines - Boeing 747-400
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*Federal Express - Boeing 757
*Air China Cargo - Boeing 747-400
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*Air Contractors - ATR72
    
Plus you never know what will turn up, the A380 has done a missed approach at Manchester, the Antonov An-225 and a few An-124s have been to Manchester, there are always a few surprises!
 
Plus you never know what will turn up, the A380 has done a missed approach at Manchester, the Antonov An-225 and a few An-124s have been to Manchester, there are always a few surprises!
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The Railway Station is situated at the Airport between Terminals 1 & 2.
 
The Railway Station is situated at the Airport between Terminals 1 & 2.
 
Services from most of the UK mainline stations.
 
Services from most of the UK mainline stations.
The Bus & Coach Station is adjacent to railway station. Also served by National Express.
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The Bus & Coach Station is adjacent to railway station, as is the Metrolink station. Also served by National Express.
Bus service number 200 serves the viewing park from the airport bus station every Saturday and Sunday at 15 minutes past the hour from the bus station and 25 minutes past the hour from the viewing park at a cost of approx £1.50p adult return.
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Bus service number 200 serves the viewing park from the airport bus station at 15 minutes past the hour from the bus station and 25 minutes past the hour from the viewing park. The fare is £1.40 for a single (one-way) ticket, or £2.30 for a return (July 2011).
    
==Travel tips==
 
==Travel tips==
If traveling by car and you do not wish to pay for the airport car parks, you could always park your car at Heald Green Railway Station and catch the train to the airport for a cheap day return costing  £1.10 or a single will cost £1.00 each way, fares may vary due to the general increase in fares.
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If traveling by car and you do not wish to pay for the airport car parks, you could always park your car at Heald Green Railway Station and catch the train to the airport. Before 09:30 the fare is £1.60 single or £2.20 return. After 09:30 the fare decreases to £1.40 single or £1.50 return. (July 2011)
 
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http://www.spotterswiki.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=29#p29
 
http://www.spotterswiki.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=29#p29
    
==External links==
 
==External links==
One page spotter guide for print out - contains radio frequencies, airport map and a brief description of the spotting spots at MAN.
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http://www.plane-spotter.com/Airports/UK/MAN/SpotterGuide_MAN.pdf
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Manchester airport aircraft movements website - contains every movement of every plane at Manchester since 2003. You can submit your photos or view others from the day as well as view timetables of expected aircraft in a large database.
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*[http://www.forums4airports.com/forum423.html Manchester Airport Forum] to discuss all aspects of the airport about all aspects from route development to infrastructure improvements. All the latest aviation news for spotters and aviation professionals alike.
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http://www.ringwayreports.co.uk/ringway.htm
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*[http://www.plane-spotter.com/Airports/UK/MAN/SpotterGuide_MAN.pdf One page spotter guide for print out] - contains radio frequencies, airport map and a brief description of the spotting spots at MAN.
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The official Manchester Airport Runway data sheet featuring all the relevant information regarding the runway operations.
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*[http://www.ringwayreports.co.uk/ringway.htm Manchester airport aircraft movements website] - contains every movement of every plane at Manchester since 2003. You can submit your photos or view others from the day as well as view timetables of expected aircraft in a large database.
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http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/manweb.nsf/alldocs/B6F0247D7CBCF65F80257393003585FD/$File/Runway+Data+Sheet+2007-+v+FINAL.pdf
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*[http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/manweb.nsf/alldocs/B6F0247D7CBCF65F80257393003585FD/$File/Runway+Data+Sheet+2007-+v+FINAL.pdf The official Manchester Airport Runway data sheet] featuring all the relevant information regarding the runway operations.
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