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Inside Manchester Airport’s New VIP Terminal

Manchester Airport’s new private terminal PremiAir had its official opening ceremony on January 29, and AirlineGeeks went along to check it out.

PremiAir was announced on January 28, 2019, and opened towards the end of last year. It aims to provide a premium experience for passengers flying to and from Manchester.

At the opening ceremony, the CEO of MAG Airport Services, Andrew Harrison, said, “[PremiAir] is an example of MAG’s strategy of offering more of its own brands and products to its customers, from the car park right through to the departure gate. This approach is unique among major UK airports and gives our passengers the best possible choice during their journey.”

Manchester Airport CEO Andrew Cowan and MAG Airport Services CEO Andrew Harrison cut the ribbon at PremiAir at the official opening ceremony. (Photo: Manchester Airport)

“We can’t wait to welcome guests to PremiAir, as an unforgettable beginning and end of their journey,” Harrison added.

The event was also a chance for the terminal to showcase some of its menu offerings from its in-house chef, which included a range of snacks, hot options and desserts. The menu featured a wide range of cuisines from around the world to cater to all guests.

A selection of the food available for customers at PremiAir. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Connor Sadler)
The lounge features a fully-licensed bar and barista-style coffee machine. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Connor Sadler)

Despite its short building time, PremiAir has a modern design with a luxury feel. It is also a flexible space, with partitions available to split the lounge area to cater to groups, such as businesses holding meetings or sports teams flying through, while other customers can enjoy the remainder of the lounge.

The lounge area at PremiAir has a modern and spacious feel to it. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Connor Sadler)

A growing number of airlines work with Manchester Airport to provide the PremiAir experience to their passengers, such as Virgin Atlantic, Aer Lingus and Pegasus Airlines. Customers can choose from a wide range of packages to suit their needs when travelling through PremiAir, such as if they only have hand luggage.

The experience aims to provide a luxury option to all passengers travelling through the airport for a more affordable price with special features that are usually reserved for celebrities, such as a separate location from the main airport terminals, dedicated security and immigration channels and a transfer to the airplane across the airfield.

The PremiAir terminal features a great deal of stylish decor alongside many features for the passenger, such as power points and WiFi. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Connor Sadler)

The private terminal boasts the second-best views of the airport’s movements from its lounge area, besides the view from the air traffic control tower, looking towards both runways with aircraft taxiing past regardless of the direction of takeoff and landing.


  • Connor has been in love with flying since the first time he boarded a plane when he was 5 years old. He loves all things aviation, and he hopes to make that his full time career in the future.

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