Manchester Airport has published an update for travellers this week – as airlines add flights to destinations and more retailers reopen their doors.
The latest announcement confirms a number of routes are being added to the schedule during what would ordinarily be the airport’s busiest month of the year.
From this week, easyJet will start flying to Kefalonia (Greece), Funchal (Portugal), Olbia (Sardinia) and Tivat (Montenegro), whilst Aegean Airlines will resume flights to Athens (Greece).
TAP Air Portugal will also resume travel to Lisbon.
TUI, meanwhile, is set to operate flights to Bodrum (Turkey), Chania (Greece), Santorini and the Greek island of Skiathos later this week.
Spain remains on the quarantine list, with arrivals having to self-isolate for two weeks upon their return.
All three terminals are now in operation at the airport, with Eurowings, Air Malta, Ethiopian Airlines and Brussels Airlines moving to Terminal Two last week.
Etihad Airways and Iran Air are shifting to Terminal Two on 5 August and 8 August respectively.
A number of retailers are also set to reopen across the airport this week, including:
Terminal One – Jo Malone/Bobbi Brown – airside – 4 August
Terminal One – Upper Crust – airside – w/c 3 August
Terminal One – Direct Dry Cleaning – landside – 4 August
Terminal One – Attitude – airside – 8 August
Terminal Two – Boots – airside – 8 August
Terminal Three – WH Smiths – landside (arrivals) – 4 August
Next week will see the return of the following Terminal One outlets:
Café Balzar – airside – 10 August
Biza (Duty Free) – arrivals – 10 August
Clarins – airside – 10 August
Paperchase – airside – 10 August
Giraffe – airside – 17 August
Bar MCR – airside – 20 August
Karen Smart, Managing Director at Manchester Airport, said: “As we continue to see the return of more airlines and destinations for our passengers to fly to, we remain fully committed to ensuring their safety throughout their airport journey.
“In what would normally be our busiest month of the year, it is pleasing to see routes are increasing each week, giving passengers who want to travel the choice and opportunity to do so. This is why we now have all three terminals in operation, to allow passengers to maintain and keep a safe distance whilst on site.
“I’d like to thank all our passengers for continuing to abide by the measures in place during these uncertain times, and also thank all our staff who have gone above and beyond to ensure safe travel for all.”
Strict safety measures remain in place at the airport, including social distancing, temperature checks and the requirement of face coverings when passing through terminals.
Find out more about the restrictions and rules in place at Manchester Airport during coronavirus by visiting their website.
You can learn more about new flights and retailer reopenings online.
‘Significant risk’ of UK gas shortages this winter, regulator warns
Energy regulator Ofgem has warned that the UK faces a ‘significant risk’ of gas shortages this winter.
According to reports in The Times, the regulator has unveiled concerns that the country could face blackouts over the coming months thanks to an undersupply of gas to Europe caused by Russia’s war with Ukraine.
Warning that a “gas supply emergency” could be looming ahead, the energy regulator has said that some gas-fired power plants could see their supplies cut off, which in turn would stop generators from producing electricity.
The alert comes just days before an expected update from the National Grid on the likelihood of countrywide power cuts this winter.
Responsing to arequest from SSE, which owns several gas power stations, Ofgem outlined what is set to be a huge issue of concern given that the UK relies on large gas plants to produce the biggest share of its electricity supply.
The regulator also pointed to rules that could see power plants penalised as a result of shortages, warning of a worst-case scenario that would see the “potential insolvency of gas-fired generators” caused by rules that require plants to pay huge charges if they fail to deliver on promised quotas.
Adding that the issue must be addressed to prevent a “significant impact on the safety and security of the electricity and/or gas systems”, the regulator echoed concerns now widespread in Europe as its comments followed a similar statement made by the International Energy Agency (IEA) this morning.
Europeans are already being told they must lower their thermostats and boilers in preparation in case gas supplies are cut off, with Paris-based agency IEA warning today that the EU must focus on getting underground gas reserve levels to 90% of capacity in case of a complete Russian supply shut-off.
Preparation are already being made in Europe with the German government having approved a set of energy-saving measures for the winter to limit use in public buildings. In France, meanwhile, companies have already been warned they may face energy rationing this winter.
Whilst the UK government is yet to announce any energey saving measures, Ofgem has said that it expect s“this winter to be more challenging than last year” and that it is taking “reasonable regulatory steps to mitigate and reduce the risks”.