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Manchester Airport to Extend Runway hours

Car Hire Manchester Airport would just like to make all the local residents aware of the changes in place from May to the two runways.

Runway two at Manchester Airport will operate longer hours of 1pm until 8pm Monday to Saturday instead of 4pm until 8pm. This has been announced to cope with the increase in passenger numbers. A trail took place last summer of this idea and will officially role out on May 1st.

An airport spokesman said “Last summer we conducted a trial of revised operating hours on Runway Two. We wanted to improve operations by increasing capacity, which meant opening the runway three hours early each day, and we plan to repeat this from 1 May. We will continue to work closely with our local communities as we are aware that our operations have an impact but we are aiming to improve efficiency on the airfield and drive further improvements in customer service for our airline customers and passengers.”

While the extended hours are seen as a good marker for the airport in terms of passenger numbers, local residents are concerned there will be more noise and have raised concerns. Manchester Airport has already paid out more than £10 million in compensation to residents of Knutsford and Mobberley, where house prices have decreased since the second runway was opened in 2001.