Please note: we're moving for the summer

From the 9th April 2024, our check in area is changing. We'll still be in Terminal 2, but are moving from Zone D to Zone A until October 2024.

For the smoothest airport experience, check in online and visit our self-serve area to print your tags and drop your bags.

Please note, timings are subject to change

Which terminal?

All Virgin Atlantic flights depart from and arrive at Terminal 2.

Online check in

The best way to check in is online where you can pick your seat and print your boarding card. If you’re travelling with carry on baggage only, you can print off your own boarding pass and we’ll see you at the gate.

Check in online now

Do I need a visa?

Check out our Visa information pages for every country that we fly to.

Visa information

When does my flight depart/arrive?

Unsure of your timings? It's best to be safe than sorry. Check your departure and arrival time with our handy Flight status tool.

Flight status

Counter check in and bag drop

You’ll find our desks in Terminal 2. Check in starts from four hours before departure and closes one hour before departure.

Baggage allowance


We no longer take cash payments so please bring an alternative for any additional charges or fees that may apply.

What time should I arrive at the airport?

Leave those last-minute airport dashes to the big screen! We recommend that you arrive at least two hours before your flight is due to leave.

Twilight check in

Twilight Check In is available for all flights departing the following day from Manchester, every evening from 4pm to 8pm.

All customers travelling must be there to check in, with their own passports. And if you have any buggies or strollers to be tagged on the day of travel, or require special assistance, please remember to come back to the desks before you head to departures.

Please check the Airport Terminal screens on arrival for the applicable Virgin Atlantic check-in zone, as this can change daily.

Free parking is available for Twilight Check In. Make your way to Terminal 2 West Multi Storey Car Park between 4pm-8pm, take a token at the entry barrier, proceed to check-in, and drop your bags off. Your car park token will be validated at the Virgin check-in desk, then simply return your token at the exit barrier.

Airport facilities

Manchester has a wide range of pubs, cafes and restaurants to choose from.
Places to eat
Grab that last-minute souvenir from one of Manchester's selection of shops.

Special assistance

Special assistance

Our special assistance team are on hand to help make your journey go smoothly.

Find out more about special assistance

Accessibility services at Manchester Airport

Find out about Manchester Airport's accessible facilities.

Accessibility services