A guide to Manchester Airport (MAN) lounges

When you’re between flights at MAN, heading to one of the several lounges at Manchester Airport can make your travel smoother, more pleasant, and even more productive. Take a look at these lounges to find the one that feels most right for you.

Manchester Airport. Image credit: Luke-8/iStock
Manchester Airport. Image credit: Luke-8/iStock

You have a good selection of Manchester Airport lounges when you’re looking for a place to eat, relax, rest or work at the airport. Lounges are available in all three terminals of the airport for your convenience, all you have to do is pick the one that feels right for you.

Terminal 1

You’ll find yourself in Terminal 1 if you’re flying Aegean, Aer Lingus, Air Arabia, Air Transat, Aurigny, Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Easyjet, Emirates, Etihad, Eurowings, Finnair, Icelandair, Jet2, Lufthansa, Norwegian, SAS, Swissair, Thomas Cook, TAP or Turkish Airlines. Several of these airlines offer dedicated lounges. While waiting for your flight or your connection, check out these lounges.

1903 Lounge — relaxation for adults

The 1903 Lounge is open to Etihad Airways first-class and business-class passengers, as well as Elite Etihad guest members. In addition, passengers on any airline can pay for access to this premium, adults-only lounge.

At the 1903 Lounge, you can enjoy a buffet meal, with an a la carte menu also available. Free Wi-Fi and a bar add to the comfort level. And in case you were curious: the lounge’s name refers to the year in which the Wright brothers took their first flight.

Aspire Lounge — amazing views

Swissport runs this lounge, which is available to premium passengers flying Aegean, Austrian, Finnair, Icelandair, Lufthansa, Swissair, TAP and Turkish Airlines.

If you hold Priority Pass or DragonPass, you also have access to the Aspire Lounge. In addition, anyone can enter the lounge for £23 for three hours before their flight.

Floor-to-ceiling windows at the Aspire Lounge let you keep an eye on the runway. When you need to get some work done, you can take advantage of the free Wi-Fi and dedicated booths for working. A buffet, a bar, and plenty of reading material let you while away the time in comfort.

Catch up on the news of the world. Image credit: Savushkin/iStock
Catch up on the news of the world. Image credit: Savushkin/iStock

Emirates Lounge — runway views at Manchester Airport

If you’re flying first class or business class on Emirates, expect to relax in comfort and style at the Emirates Lounge. A Platinum or Gold membership with Emirates’ Skywards program or Emirates’ elusive IO membership also gains you access. Qantas Platinum and Gold members may also enjoy this lounge. All other Emirates Skywards members who fly economy can also access the lounge, but for a fee.

Inside, computer workstations let you get some work done when you don’t have a laptop, and free Wi-Fi is available. If you’ve been in the air for an extended time, the shower facilities may be especially appealing. You can also enjoy a free buffet and bar while enjoying runway views outside the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Escape Lounge — a quiet zone in Manchester Airport

If you’re flying Brussels Airlines as a premium passenger, this is the lounge to head to. Priority Pass and DragonPass passengers also have access to the Escape Lounge, or you can pay £30 at the door for entrance.

The Escape Lounge takes reservations in advance, so if you’re paying out of your own pocket for access, you’ll save a bit by pre-booking.

Once inside, you can enjoy food and drink options from the bar and café. Spacious seating areas give you a chance to chat with friends or take advantage of the free Wi-Fi. If the stress of travel is getting to you, head to the quiet zone for some welcome peace and quiet.

Terminal 2

These lounges are where you’re likely to head if you’re flying on Air Canada, Air Malta, Cathay Pacific, Delta Airlines, Hainan Airlines, some Jet2 flights, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Saudia, Singapore Airlines, TUI, United or Virgin Atlantic.

Aspire Lounge — first in, first served at Manchester Airport

Aspire’s Terminal 2 lounge is much smaller than its Terminal 1 equivalent, but you can pick up some snacks and drinks at the deli counter, enjoy free reading material and Wi-Fi, or get some work done in the business zone.

If you’re flying Saudia or Singapore Airlines as a premium or elite passenger, you enjoy free access to this lounge. Priority Pass and DragonPass also have free access, while all others can pay for three hours at a time. Tip: because the lounge is small, it fills up fast, especially in the mornings.

Escape Lounge — a great selection of meals

If you’re flying Cathay Pacific, Hainan Airlines or Qatar Airways, head here to enjoy a great selection of food and drinks, as well as free Wi-Fi and dedicated workspaces.

Priority Pass and DragonPass holders also enjoy free access, and passengers on other airlines can book a spot or pay at the door, just as with the Terminal 1 Escape Lounge.

Virgin Lounge — a game zone and play area for kids

This small lounge is available to passengers flying on Virgin Holidays packages. Adults pay £25 (£15 for children) to gain access to hot breakfast, snacks, and soft drinks.

Kids can enjoy a play area and gaming zone, and free Wi-Fi is available to all. There’s a surcharge for alcoholic drinks. This lounge opens three hours before Virgin Atlantic’s first departure

Terminal 3

If you’re flying Adria Airways, Air France, American Airlines, British Airways, BMI Regional, Flybe, Iberia, KLM, Logan Air, Ryanair or Vueling, this is your departure point.

1903 Lounge — 16+ age restriction

Just as in Terminal 1, the 1903 Lounge is open to adults (16 and up) only. The Terminal 3 version of this lounge is open to paying customers from any airline at £30 for two hours with an advance reservation.

You’ll enjoy a buffet selection or an a la carte menu, free Wi-Fi, runway views, and reading material — and the bar pours prosecco as well as other drinks.

If you're not on the free-entry list, most airport lounges can be accessed for a fee. Image credit: LightFieldStudios/iStock
If you’re not on the free-entry list, most airport lounges can be accessed for a fee. Image credit: LightFieldStudios/iStock

British Airways Terraces Lounge — buffet and showers to freshen up

If you’re a BA passenger in first or business class, or a Gold or Silver card holder in the BA Executive Club, this lounge is open to you. Iberia and American Airlines passengers can also make use of this lounge, as can oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members who are flying BA or oneworld.

Inside the British Airways Terraces Lounge, you can enjoy a buffet and bar, as well as free Wi-Fi. A small business zone is available if you have work to do, and showers await you after a long flight.

Escape Lounge — a chance to unwind

The Terminal 3 Escape Lounge is very similar to its counterparts in Terminals 1 and 2. Here, Air France, Flybe, and KLM elite and premium passengers enjoy free access (as do Priority Pass and DragonPass members), with the same pay-to-relax provisions available to any passenger if space is available.

Manchester Airport lounges can get your journey started comfortably or give you a respite when making a connection. Blacklane can upgrade the rest of your airport experience when you book a reliable Blacklane airport transfer from Manchester Airport.