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Manchester Airport Destinations

Manchester – what a city. As if having two world-class football teams isn’t enough, this northern powerhouse also produced brilliant bands like The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and Oasis.

But nothing revitalises you and makes you appreciate your home town even more than a trip abroad. And if you’re based in or near Manchester and haven’t flown for a while, you’re probably wondering about the latest list of MAN destinations.

Maybe you’re planning your first big family holiday since lockdown? Reconnecting with business contacts in Europe? Want to reconnect with relatives on the other side of the world? Or just need to get out of Britain for a while to recharge your batteries?

Whatever your reason for jetting off from Manchester, we’ve gathered together the most up-to-date info on destinations in the UK, Europe and beyond, as well as a few recommendations if you’re planning a break, but just haven’t quite decided where to go yet.

Time for take-off!

Manchester Airport Destinations List

Check out the latest list of Manchester Airport destinations below:

Manchester Airport UK & Ireland destinations

Wondering where you can fly to in the UK and Republic of Ireland from Manchester. Whether you want to party for a weekend or link up with friends and family, MAN is really well connected to locations close to home. You can fly from Manchester Airport to British destinations including Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Inverness and Isle of Man. And if you fancy The Republic of Ireland, destinations in the Emerald Isle include Dublin, Cork, Knock, Shannon and Waterford.

Manchester Airport Europe destinations

Want to head to the continent for a romantic weekend, stag or hen do, or family break? Manchester Airport is the convenient choice for flights to European destinations like Alghero, Alicante, Almeria, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bergen, Bilbao, Bodrum, Catania, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Eindhoven, Faro, Gran Canaria and Kos.

Manchester Airport Rest of the World destinations

Fancy spreading your wings further than the UK and Europe? You can fly from Manchester Airport to destinations a little further afield such as Abu Dhabi, Addis Ababa, Agadir, Atlanta, Boavista, Bridgetown Barbados, Casablanca, Houston, Islamabad, Langkawi and Las Vegas.

Manchester Airport Onward destinations

Manchester is also connected indirectly to just about everywhere else on Earth. So it’s easy to find connecting flights to everywhere from Johannesburg to Sydney and Buenos Aires to Beijing.

What are the best places to fly from Manchester Airport?

Not sure where to go and the choice of destinations is a bit overwhelming? Grab a few ideas about popular locations to fly to from MAN:

  • Choose Glasgow if you want to hang out with the friendliest locals in Britain (even the cabbies make you feel like you’re at home). Scotland’s biggest city is also a cultural powerhouse that’s packed with amazing things to see and do. For starters, if you like relaxing walks, Glasgow Botanic Gardens is a lovely green space that’s been a sanctuary for citizens and visitors since 1891. The Finnieston Crane looming over the Clyde stands as a lasting testament to the city’s proud working-class heritage (some of the world’s most famous ships were built here) and fans of architecture can visit the Mackintosh House in the Hunterian Art Gallery & Museum. With its brutalist exterior and intricate interior, this building is one of the best examples of the visionary style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
  • Choose Barcelona when you want wonderful weather, eye-popping attractions and football with finesse. Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia is a masterwork which has been crafted over 140 years and it really does feel otherworldly when you see it in real life. Meanwhile, La Rambla is the best place in the city to people-watch and this 1.3km long boulevard is also packed with places to eat, drink and be merry. The city’s Picasso Museum also has almost 4000 masterpieces by the legendary artist and there are 8 cracking beaches within the city limits, including the wonderful Barceloneta and Sant Sebastia beaches. If hiking is your thing, there’s some lovely scenery on the trails at nearby Tibidabo and Montjuic mountains. And no fan of the beautiful game can leave Barcelona without visiting the legendary Camp Nou stadium.
  • Choose Copenhagen if colourful buildings, well-ordered streets and quirky culture float your boat. Some of the most popular things to do here include visiting Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, a museum dedicated to preserving beer guru Carl Jacobsen’s collection of fascinating cultural artefacts, while trendy Jaegersborggade is brimming with fashionable boutiques, bars and cafes. Meanwhile, Rosenborg Castle is a stunning pile nestled in one of the city’s most ancient royal parks, and the Nyhavn district is full of picturesque pastel-coloured merchant’s houses and three former homes of famous fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen. Last but not least, if you love retro entertainment, don’t miss the old school Tivoli Gardens amusement park – it even has a wooden rollercoaster that dates back to 1914!


From Manchester to the world

Fancy striking out a bit further? Here’s our recommendations for global Manchester Airport destinations:

  • Choose Addis Ababa as your gateway to Ethiopia, a country with one of the richest cultures in the world. Its strong traditions of Judaism and Christianity make it one of the world’s holiest places and this is exemplified in the breath taking stone churches at Lalibela and Aksum – where Ethiopians believe the Ark of the Covenant is stored. There’s also lots of unique wildlife here, such as the Ethiopian wolf and walia ibex. For a holiday with a difference, Ethiopia hits the spot.
  • Choose Bridgetown if you fancy a Caribbean break in Rhianna’s home country Barbados (maybe you’ll bump into RiRi!). Amazing things to do in this paradise island include swimming with sea turtles, finding a secret beach cove where you can chill out all by yourself (all the beaches are public) and exploring Animal Flower Cave on the island’s dramatic east coast. You can also eat delicious food, hang out with locals and enjoy a vigorous game of dominos at Oistins Fish Fry, explore the lush rainforests 40 miles north of the capital, and sample export-strength rum at Nicholas Abbey (bring a designated driver!).
  • Choose Las Vegas when you want to party in one of the world’s best-known cities for full-throttle entertainment. For starters, you can watch in wonder as the iconic Bellagio Fountains perform their spectacular dance every 15 minutes (there are 1,200 jets of water in an 8 and a half acre lake) and find out more about the city’s nuclear history at the fascinating Atomic Testing Museum. Or how about trying your luck at the poker tables or roulette wheel at Caesar’s Palace? If gambling’s not your bag, you can sit ringside for a big fight if your timing’s right. One of the most kitsch places to hang out is The Venetian – this huge entertainment resort is designed to look just like Venice and even has gondola boats and Italian gardens.

Which airlines fly out of Manchester Airport?

Several airlines fly out of Manchester Airport. Carriers currently include Aegean Airways, Air Canada, Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta, easyJet, Emirates, Etihad, Hainan Airlines, Jet2.com, KLM, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, TUI Airways and Vueling.

Top destinations for MAN travellers include Amsterdam, Dubai, Tenerife, Alicante, Palma, Malaga, Paris and Orlando. Wherever you’re flying to, you’re always better arriving a few hours early – that way you won’t have to rush around and can relax and enjoy the facilities instead.

Speaking of which, Manchester really is a well-appointed airport. Bars and restaurants include Amber Alehouse, Archie’s (delish stacked burgers), Barburrito, Flat White, Giraffe, KFC and Pizza Luxe. Meanwhile, if you want to shop til you drop, melt your credit card at hotspots like Next, Timberland, Boss, Hamleys, Dune, Pandora and Victoria’s Secret.

There are baby changing facilities throughout all terminals, fast lanes for parents travelling with young children in buggies, and Escape and Aspire lounges welcome children aged two years old and upwards. And remember that you can also pre-order baby milk and kids medication from Boots, then pick up your order after you’ve passed through security.

How can I hire a car at Manchester Airport?

Book online with Enjoy Travel and hiring a car at Manchester Airport is child’s play.

You’ll find great deals from like Sixt, Keddy, Green Motion and Europcar. For instance, book ahead of time and a mini-sized Fiat 500 is around £27 a day, an economy-sized Ford Fiesta is £32 a day and a Vauxhall Corsa is £36 a day.

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