Airport Lounges

Manchester Airport Lounges: The Complete Guide (10 Lounges)

This Manchester airport lounges guide reviews every single lounge available to passengers at the airport – from airline and alliance lounges to independent paid-for entry lounges.

Manchester International Airport (IATA code: MAN) has 3 terminals – T1, T2 and T3 – and is the third busiest UK airport behing London Heathrow and Gatwick. It is located some 14 km (9 miles) south-west of Manchester.

  • Manchester Terminal 1 – Airlines using T1 include Aegean, Aer Lingus, Air Arabia, Air Transat, Aurigny, Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Easyjet, Emirates, Etihad, Eurowings, Finnair, Icelandair, Jet2, Lufthansa, Norwegian, SAS, Swiss, Thomas Cook, TAP and Turkish.
  • Manchester Terminal 2 – Airlines at T2 are Air Canada, Air Malta, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Hainan Airlines, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Saudia, Singapore Airlines, TUI, United and Virgin Atlantic. [Note Jet2 flights to Lanzarote, Malaga, Palma and Tenerife operate from T2.]
  • Manchester Terminal 3 – British Airways and Iberia operate from T3 as well as American Airlines, Air France, KLM, bmi Regional, Flybe, Adria Airways, Logan Air, Ryanair and Vueling.

You can find official maps to MAN terminals here.

There are currently 10 airport lounges at Manchester spread across the 3 terminals.

We’ll explain the access rules for each Manchester lounge and give the lounge opening times/prices. We will also provide an overview of what you get in terms of lounge facilities. For more on lounge access in general please see How To Get Airport Lounge Access – The Ultimate Guide

We mark the Manchester lounges listed by airline alliance and whether entry is possible by payment or via the Priority Pass or DragonPass programs.

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Manchester Airport Terminal 1 Lounges

Lounges at Terminal 1 Manchester are located on Level 4, one level above departures. Go through security and Duty Free following signs to ‘Premium Lounges’. Near the Dixons store you can take the stairs or lift up the one level.

Aspire Lounge Manchester T1

[PAID][PRIORITY PASS][DRAGONPASS] – This is a spacious lounge at Manchester Terminal 1 run by Swissport.

It offers bar and buffet area, newspapers/magazines, comfy seating, floor-to-ceiling windows with runway and apron views, work booths, family booths and free WiFi. Paid entrance for a 3-hour stay is available from £23, free access is given to Priority Pass and DragonPass holders, subject to capacity.

It is also contracted for use by premium and elite passengers of Aegean, Austrian, Finnair, Icelandair, Lufthansa, Swiss, TAP and Turkish Airlines.

aspire lounge t1 manchester

Open daily 0400-2100. You can book the Aspire Manchester T1 here

Escape Lounge Manchester T1

[PAID][PRIORITY PASS][DRAGONPASS] – Escape Lounges are run by Manchester Airport Group (MAG).

This decent-sized lounge offers a bar/cafe area with some basic hot/cold food offerings, drinks including wine/beer/spirits/tea/coffee, seating areas, a quiet zone and free WiFi.

escape lounge manchester t1

Guests pay from £21 pre-booked online or £30 at the door. Free entry is granted to Priority Pass and DragonPass holders. It is also used by premium/elite passengers of Brussels Airlines. Open daily 0430-2030.

You can book the Escape Manchester T1 here

Emirates Lounge

[PAID] – The Gulf carrier has up to 3 daily flights to Dubai using Airbus A380 aircraft and has a spacious 800m² lounge at T1 Manchester.

The Emirates lounge features a hot/cold food buffet and bar area, shower facilities, computer workstations and free WiFi. There are floor-to-ceiling windows providing runway views.

Access is granted to first and business class Emirates passengers plus Emirates IO, Emirates Skywards Platinum/Gold members and Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum One/Platinum/Gold flying on Emirates.

Paid access (US$100) is possible for Emirates economy passengers who are Skywards members.

1903 Lounge T1 (former Etihad Lounge)

[PAID] – In late 2018 the Etihad lounge was rebranded as a 1903 Lounge and is now run by the Manchester Airport Group (MAG). The 1903 Lounge is the airport’s adults-only premium lounge concept. 1903 references the year when the Wright brothers made their first flight.

1903 lounge (etihad) t1 manchester

This compact lounge offers hot/cold buffet plus a la carte menu, premium alcoholic drinks, comfortable seating and free WiFi.

Lounge access is still granted to first and business class Etihad passengers and elite Etihad Guest members. Paid entry for 2 hours is open to travellers on any airline and costs £45 per person (no admittance to children under 16 or groups larger than 4).

Open 0600-1030, 1730-2030. Book here

Manchester Airport Terminal 2 Lounges

Lounges at Terminal 2 Manchester are located on Level 4, one level above departures. Go through security and Duty Free following signs to ‘Premium Lounges’. Opposite Gate 209 you can take the stairs or lift up the one level.

Aspire Lounge Manchester T2

[PAID][PRIORITY PASS][DRAGONPASS] – A compact lounge at terminal 2 run by Swissport. It offers drinks and snacks, newspapers/magazines, comfy seating, business zone and free WiFi.

aspire lounge t2 manchester

Paid entrance for a 3-hour stay is from £22. Free access is possible for Priority Pass and DragonPass holders. Note, this lounge can get very busy in the morning and entrance can sometimes be restricted.

It is also contracted by Saudia and Singapore Airlines as a lounge for premium and elite passengers.

Open daily 0400-2000. You can book the Aspire Manchester T2 here

Escape Lounge Manchester T2

[PAID][PRIORITY PASS][DRAGONPASS] – Escape Lounges are run by Manchester Airport Group (MAG).

The Escape T2 lounge offers a bar/cafe area with hot/cold food offerings, drinks including wine/beer/spirits/tea/coffee, stylish seating areas, work spaces and free WiFi.

escape lounge manchester t2

Guests pay from £21 pre-booked online or £30 at the door. Free entry is granted to Priority Pass and DragonPass holders.

It is also used by premium/elite passengers of Cathay Pacific, Hainan Airlines and Qatar Airways.

Open 0430-2030 (Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri/Sat), 0430-1930 (Wed), 0430-2000 (Sun).

You can book the Escape Manchester T2 here

Virgin Holidays v-room

[PAID] – The small 400m² v-room lounge is available as a paid extra to Virgin Holidays package customers.

It offers complimentary food, soft drinks (alcohol charged extra), free WiFi, a children’s play area and gaming zone. Standard access costs from £25 for adults, £15 for children 2-11.

It opens 3 hours before the first Virgin Atlantic departure until last departure. Book here

Manchester Airport Terminal 3 Lounges

Lounges at Terminal 3 Manchester are located on Level 3, one level above departures. Go through security and pass the Dixons store, then head up one level by stairs or lift.

Escape Lounge Manchester T3

[PAID][PRIORITY PASS][DRAGONPASS] – Escape Lounges are run by Manchester Airport Group (MAG).

The Escape T3 lounge offers a bar/cafe area with hot/cold food offerings, drinks including wine/beer/spirits/tea/coffee, stylish seating areas, work spaces and free WiFi. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer runway views.

escape lounge manchester t3

As in the other Escape Lounges at MAN, guests pay from £21 pre-booked online or £30 at the door. Free entry is granted to Priority Pass and DragonPass holders. It is also used by premium and elite passengers of Air France, KLM and Flybe.

Open 0415-2030 (Sun-Fri), 0415-2000 (Sat).

You can book the Escape Manchester T3 here

British Airways Terraces Lounge T3

[ONEWORLD] – BA has a Terraces Lounge at Manchester T3. It operates some UK domestic and European flights from the airport.

This is a spacious, circular (bagel-shaped) lounge with inner views down to the shopping area and outer views of the runway. It includes furniture similar to BA lounges in London, a buffet area, comprehensive drinks selection, showers (2), small business area and free WiFi.

The MAN British Airways Terraces Lounge is open to Club Europe/Club World (business class)/First passengers, BA Executive Club Gold/Silver card holders and Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members (flying BA or Oneworld). It is also used by Iberia and American Airlines.

Open 0500-2000.

1903 Lounge T3

[PAID] – Manchester Airport Group (MAG) has an adults-only premium VIP lounge at Terminal 3.

1903 lounge manchester t3

This light and airy lounge space offers hot/cold buffet plus a la carte menu, premium alcoholic drinks (prosecco included), stylish seats, newspapers/magazines and free WiFi. There are good views of the runway and the staff are generally friendly and attentive.

Paid entry for 2 hours is open to travellers on any airline and costs from £30 per person (£40 at-the-door, no admittance to children under 16 or groups larger than 4).

Opening times 0415-2030 (Sun-Fri), 0415-2000 (Sat). Book here

Manchester Airport Lounges Summary

Manchester Airport Lounges By Numbers:
10 Manchester airport lounges
7 independent lounges
5 Priority Pass lounges
4 lounges Manchester airport Terminal 1
3 lounges Manchester airport Terminal 2
3 lounges Manchester airport Terminal 3
3 airline lounges
0 arrivals lounge

Manchester Airport Lounges with Priority Pass: Aspire Lounge T1, Aspire Lounge T2, Escape Lounge T1, Escape Lounge T2, Escape Lounge T3.

Manchester Airport Lounges with Diner’s Club card: Aspire Lounge T1, Aspire Lounge T2, Escape Lounge T1, Escape Lounge T2, Escape Lounge T3.

There are no American Express lounges at Manchester Airport. Amex Platinum card holders can get access via the Priority Pass program.

Star Alliance Gold members at Manchester will mainly get access to the Aspire Lounge T1 (if flying Aegean, Austrian, Lufthansa, Swiss, TAP and Turkish Airlines), Escape Lounge T1 if flying Brussels Airlines and Aspire Lounge T2 if on Singapore Airlines.

Skyteam Elite Plus members at Manchester get access to the Escape Lounge T3 when flying Air France/KLM or Aspire Lounge T2 if on Saudia.

Is there a dress code at Manchseter airport lounges? Generally yes. For example, 1903 Lounges require guests to wear “smart/casual” clothing – sport shirts, track suits and revealing clothes/fancy dress are all forbidden.

Heathrow vs Gatwick vs Manchester Lounges: London Heathrow has 44 airport lounges compared to the 12 London Gatwick airport lounges and 10 Manchester lounges.

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