Manchester Airport has revealed its plans to be the first major UK airport to open a private terminal, offering passengers what it calls a “private jet experience” while flying on commercial airlines.
The airport shared preview designs of the new terminal, which will be called ‘PremiAir’.
The PremiAir experience will be available to purchase for passengers irrespective of the class they’re travelling or the destination they are flying to – and prices start at £50.
There will be a number of different services available depending on individual passengers’ preferences, and it will be entirely separate from the existing three terminals at Manchester Airport.
The intention is that PremiAir will offer a premium service to a wide range of passengers – whether they are travelling on business, for a special occasion or simply wishing to add a touch of luxury to their trip.
Passengers using PremiAir to depart from Manchester Airport will kick-off their journey in style, with a range of specialised services.
These include: a personalised welcome, speedy baggage processing, a lounge with complimentary food and drink, and a dedicated security channel.
They will then be driven straight to their plane via private car transfer.
Passengers arriving into Manchester will also be able to use PremiAir, either as part of a round trip booking or as a standalone service.
They will benefit from a car transfer direct from their plane and use of a dedicated passport control service.
They will also be able to relax in the PremiAir lounge while their luggage is returned personally to them.
Inside the PremiAir terminal, there will be a range of spaces designed to cater for different needs – ranging from individual travellers to larger groups.
The new PremiAir terminal is situated just two minutes’ drive from the M56, and secure parking will be available for those who drive to the facility.
As well as easy road access, passengers using PremiAir at Manchester Airport will benefit from reduced walking distances – the total walking distance from arriving at the terminal to the aircraft door will be under 20 metres.
Andrew Harrison, CEO of MAG’s airport services, said: “By introducing PremiAir, we’re offering something unique for all of our passengers, and creating a completely new way to travel.
“It is something a large number of customers have been telling us for some time they would be interested in and we hope the services it will offer will appeal to a wide range of passengers.”
Andrew added: “The launch of PremiAir at Manchester Airport is the beginning of an exciting new project for MAG and we plan to assess opportunities to introduce it at other airport sites in the future.
No other major airport in the UK offers an accessible private terminal option for passengers on a ‘pay as you use’ basis.
Construction work is now underway next to the Runway Visitor Park, where the new terminal will be sited (the existing Runway Visitor Park buildings will not be changed).
The facility is due to open in mid-2019.