Early morning rail service connections for Manchester Airport

Manchester AirportIt isn't just early bird British holidaymakers that can find getting to the airport a problem if they want to miss the crowds with a quick getaway, as staff can have a problem getting to work on time by public transport too.

Now, workers and travellers trying to get to Manchester Airport will soon be able to make use of a brand new early morning service from Metrolink.

Tram connection

Later this month, trams will run from Firswood to Manchester Airport and the new service will see the first tram arrive at approximately 03.40, meaning the large number of employees who start work on the 04:00 shift will be in good time.

The airport is the third largest in the UK and owners Manchester Airports Group (MAG) have worked closely with Metrolink to deliver extended operating hours to meet increasing demand.

Currently up to 71% of MAG staff drive to work so it is hoped that the new service will also reduce the number of car journeys to and from the airport.

£400 million line

The multi-award winning £400 million tram line connection originally opened more than a year ahead of schedule in November 2014. In its first year of operations it carried 1.88 million passengers.

Under the new timetable trams will run every 20 minutes until 06:00 and then services will revert to a 12 minute frequency from Cornbrook.

Managing Director at Manchester Airport, Ken O'Toole, said: “There are 21,500 people employed at Manchester Airport, with thousands more jobs being created in the months and years to come so this increase in operating hours is really positive news.

“We are committed to ensuring local people have access to those jobs and this new service allows people the opportunity to take jobs with shifts starting at all times of the day.”

Manchester airport serves 210 plus destinations and caters for more than 23 million passengers a year.

If you and your family are flying out from Manchester airport at any time of day, remember you can book your travel insurance online.

Date Created: 09 March 2016

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