Manchester Airport

Manchester airport has been designated by the Government as a Coordinated airport under the EU slot Regulation.

Airport Opening Hours
Manchester airport is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year round.

ACL provides services from 0900 to 1700 UK local time, on weekdays only (excluding public holidays), and the coordination team can be contacted as follows:

Coordinator Contact Details


ACL Out of Hours Coverage
Outside normal office hours (evenings, weekends, public holidays), service is provided by the airport operator.

Please note – the Out of Hours service will only deal with short term ad-hoc schedule changes and new requests.  All other changes must be submitted to ACL during normal office hours.

The contact numbers for Out of Hours assistance at Manchester are shown below:


Cover Provided By Telephone No. Fax No. / E-mail
Slot Line +44 (0)161 489 3657 +44 (0)161 489 2889


Planned Closures for Maintenance
We are currently unaware of any planned closures for maintenance at Manchester airport.

Local Guidelines
Article 8(5) of the slot Regulation enables additional rules and guidelines for the coordination of airports to be established by the air transport industry or the Coordination Committee to deal with specific scheduling problems and issues, provided such rules

  • do not affect the independence of the Coordinator
  • comply with Community law
  • improve the efficient use of the airport.

At the airports served by ACL a number of Local Guidelines have been developed and agreed by the Coordination Committees to deal with specific scheduling issues.

Manchester Airport has a local guideline which deals with the procedures for Ad Hoc (short-term, non-seasonal) slot requests.  This is to ensure the most effective utilisation of all available capacity for all types of traffic, in accordance with EU Slot Allocation Regulation 95/93 and the associated Airport Slot Allocation Regulations 1993 (SI 1993 No 1067).

For full details, please click here.

Airport Committees
A number of committees have been formed to deal with various scheduling and coordination Issues.

The Constitutions, Terms of Reference and, in some cases, Minutes of some of these committees are available in the ACL Reference Library.

At Manchester the major committee is the Coordination Committee. 

Seasonal Reports
For each scheduling season ACL publishes a seasonal report containing details of the slots requested and allocated and the utilisation of airport capacity and infrastructure.

The Seasonal Report is normally published around the start of each season.

Copies of the seasonal reports for Manchester can be downloaded from the Reports / Statistics section.

The reports are in either Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word format. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat installed, you can download it from Adobe´s web site


Capacity Declaration