Leaving Manchester airport from T2 but returning to T3

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1. Posted by Salopman41 (Budding Member 2 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I often book outbound flights with one airline and the return with another to get reasonable flight times. My next flight is booked from Manchester and I have found that we leave from T2 but the return flight comes into T3. The first time this situation had arisen. The airport webpage says it is a 15 minute walk from T2 to T3 but my wife has difficulty walking and we will have the luggage to take with us. My calls to the airport customer services remain unanswered. Does anyone have any experience of the walk ? Are there any moving walkways on the walk or are there taxis or buses which could take us from T 3 where I intend to park for our return to T2 for our outbound flight.
Thanks in anticipation of your advice

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 4467 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

The official airport website says there are moving walkways throughout the terminal buildings:

https://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/help/passenger-guides/connecting-flights/

3. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2268 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Doesn't Manchester have wheelchairs for the patrons? Request a wheelchair for your wife.

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 4467 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

>Doesn't Manchester have wheelchairs for the patrons?

Of course all UK airports offer such assistance, generally organised via the airline concerned. The issue here is that the transfer is between the return terminal car park and the departure terminal.

The poster could certainly ask his airline if T3 car park > T2 transport via wheelchair could be organised:

https://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/help/special-assistance/requesting-assistance/

[ Edit: Edited on 2 Aug 2022, 07:36 GMT by leics2 ]

5. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2268 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

It makes no difference - I use wheelchairs quite a bit in airports and have been since at least 2007.

I get a wheelchair from the curb when I arrive at the airport to the plane, from one plane to another plane, and from a plane to luggage claim and then out to where I'm being picked up. If I need a wheelchair I don't just need it to transfer planes. I need it to get up and down the jetway and I need help with the luggage.

I have flown in and out of Manchester once, and I was using a scooter at the time. I was flying from Newquay to Manchester and they checked my scooter. I don't know for sure how I got from the plane to the scooter in Manchester but either they gave me the scooter at the door or else I had a wheelchair to the baggage claim.

The real difficulty at a lot of airports is the first part - getting a wheelchair to check-in. Because they don't know exactly when you will get there. When you are flying in to the airport, they know when the plane will get there. Every time I get off a plane, wherever it is, if I have notified the airline that I need help, there are wheelchairs lined up on the jetway with the names of the people who need them.

In Heathrow if you are connecting to another airline (say you fly in BA and are flying out Aer Lingus, the wheelchairs were attached to the airline, and to get from one plane to another I had to transfer from the BA wheelchair to the Aer Lingus wheelchair. BA wouldn't push me to the Aer Lingus gate. But that isn't the problem here. And I will say that Heathrow is one of the WORST airports to have to use a wheelchair in.'

The OP just has to tell the airline that his wife needs a wheelchair, and he should get one for her.

6. Posted by Salopman41 (Budding Member 2 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Thank you so much to all you very helpful people who have given me such good advice. It is very much appreciated and what a difference to the fruitless hanging on the telephone for ages without a reply.

7. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 4467 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

You're more than welcome.

I hope it all works out ok. :-)