As travel restrictions continue to ease and simplify, more and more airlines are starting, resuming or increasing services from Manchester Airport, the UK’s global gateway for the North, for holidays during the October half-term.
Routes have resumed flying for numerous destinations popular with British holidaymakers for their year-round sunshine now that restrictions on travel are set to be eased from Monday 4th October. The previous traffic light system has been reviewed and from October, restrictions will only apply for the most at-risk ‘red list’ destinations; anyone who’s fully vaccinated no longer has to take a PCR test before travelling back to England from other destinations, including all of Europe and many other popular holiday destinations.
With the move hoping to restore travellers’ confidence in the aviation industry, more airlines and travel companies have resumed travel to a number of key destinations around the world.
In Europe Jet2 Holidays, easyJet Holidays and TUI have all relaunched package deals flying from Manchester Airport to resorts in Turkey and Spain (including the Canaries and Balearics), with Jet2 also offering packages to Crete and Portugal’s Algarve region, easyJet Holidays connecting Manchester holidaymakers with Malta, and TUI offering half-term getaways in Kos.
Further afield, Virgin Atlantic have resumed flights to Barbados, with Aer Lingus set to resume flights to the Caribbean island from 20th October in a first for the airline. Travellers looking for a more luxury escape can also turn to Emirates, with the Dubai-based airlines expecting to resume twice daily flights from Manchester to the Gulf city-state during October.
Government Advice and Restrictions
In addition to checking the latest airport information, passengers are also advised to keep abreast of Government restrictions and advice. Although the system for international travel will be simplified from the start of next week, some rules will remain in place, and quarantine requirements may still apply if you are not double-vaccinated. See the government website for further information.
Manchester Airport has extensive testing facilities on site, offering pre and post travel options. All the information and prices can be found on the airport’s website.
Covid-19 safety measures and processes
Throughout the pandemic Manchester Airport has had a range of Covid-19 safety measures in place and will maintain these after October 4th to ensure that we provide a safe environment for staff and passengers. These include Perspex screens and an enhanced cleaning regime, with 116 hand sanitising stations throughout the site provided by the airport’s sanitary partner Carex.
The airport also continues to follow the latest Government and Public Health England advice, as it has done throughout the pandemic. As such, it requests that passengers continue to wear a face covering where possible. For all the latest information, read more here.