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Terminal 1 Area B Departures Security

Manchester Airport, Manchester, M90 1QX

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COVID-19 Information (Manchester Airport)

  • The information in this section was taken in October 2020.
  • The terminals remain open for business aligned to passenger schedules. However Terminals 2 and 3 have closed with all operations concentrated in Terminal 1. Further information on terminal changes can be found here.
  • Some of the car products have paused trading due to the changes in terminal operations. At present this includes; Meet and Greet products in all terminals, Jet Parks products and the Terminal 2 car parking products.
  • There have been no changes to the airports opening times.
  • A small external queuing system exists for Terminal 1 A.
  • To manage social distancing in the terminals, only travelling persons are permitted in terminal buildings.
  • For guests requiring special assistance they may be assisted up to such a point where they have reported to ABM or proceeded through security having completed the check-in process.
  • In Terminal 1 on the main departures level (A), access to the check-in hall is permitted only through Doors 2. Doors 1 & 3 are unavailable during this time.
    Access into the terminal using the escalator from the Skylink us not available. Adjacent lifts/stairs should be used.
  • Hand sanitiser is available at all entry/exit points and key 'high touch' areas. These have been positioned so as to not impede general access around the site.
  • General orientation around the buildings is unchanged with the exception of Terminal 1 check-in.
  • Signage is in place across the site to enforce the social distancing measures. This is supported by regular audio announcements.
  • Protective screens have been installed at all counters where face to face transactions occur including the reception points for assistance, check-in, ticket desks and in retail outlets. In other areas such as security where this is not practical, the wearing of face coverings is mandatory.
  • Toilets are available.
  • There have been no changes to the toileting facilities.
  • The adult changing facility in Terminal 2 is currently closed due to the closure of the terminal.
  • Additional Customer Service personnel have been added within the check-in halls to manage access control for travelling guests only.
  • • From December 2020, COVID testing will be available to meet UK and foreign government requirements for travel to destinations which require evidence of a negative test for entry or to reduce quarantine periods. From 15th December 2020, passengers arriving in the UK will be able to reduce their quarantine period by taking a test five days after arrival and receiving a negative result.
  • For more information about the measures in place for Covid-19 please click here (new tab) .


  • Services / facilities within the building include Greggs, the Spud Factory, Joe's Kitchen, Post Office, Travelex Foreign Exchange, Boots, WHSmith, Spar, The Aviation Shop, Voyager Arcade and Car Rental Courtesy Phones.
  • Related link Terminal 1 Baggage Reclaim.
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Getting Here

Outside Access (Area B Security Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the Area B check in hall.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.

Level Change (Area B Security Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

Getting Help and Assistance

  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • There is not a member of staff trained in British Sign Language.
  • British Sign Language interpreters can be provided on request.
  • The alternative formats documents can be provided in include; Braille on request and large print on request.
  • There is not an assistance dog toilet or toileting area at the venue/nearby.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.

Level Change (Ramps to the Security Hall)

  • There are ramps and 4 steps leading down to the security hall from the entrance.
  • The ramps and steps are located just beyond the entrance.
  • The ramps are moderate.
  • The ramp bypasses the steps.
  • The steps are located next to the second ramp.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are deep (18cm+).
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.

Passport Security Desk

  • The desk is in the main hall, at the bottom of the ramps from the entrance.
  • There is a gate, 96cm wide, next to the desk for passengers to access the security lanes.
  • There are also auto boarding pass readers located at this security desk, 64cm wide, as shown in photograph 1.

Security Lanes 1 and 2

  • Wheelchair users will need to access lane 1, which contains a 105cm wide gate (shown in the photograph).
  • These lanes are 30 metres from the Fast Lane Passport Security Desk.
  • The main security scanning lanes are 71cm wide.

Level Change (Ramps Past Security)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • This ramp is 12 metres from lanes 1 and 2.
    • There is a steep ramp beyond this leading up to the lifts to the departure lounge.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are ground level - departure level.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.


  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the top of the ramps past security.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are ground level - departure level.
  • The lift is 47m (51yd 1ft) from the lanes 1 and 2.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 158cm x 226cm (5ft 2in x 7ft 5in).
  • The clear door width is 130cm (4ft 3in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.

Level Change (Ramp and Steps to Departure Lounge)

  • There is a ramp or 4 steps to access the departure lounge from the lifts.
  • The ramp and steps are located on the departures level, opposite the lifts.
  • The ramp is moderate.
  • The width of the ramp is 147cm (4ft 10in).
  • The ramp bypasses the steps.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are deep (18cm+).
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • The lighting levels at the are bright.
  • Comments View
    • The ramps and steps lead directly onto the corridor linking the main level security to the Pre Duty Free Departure Lounge.