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Tuesday, 6 August 2019

A Review Of Manchester Airport's 1903 Lounge

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I'll start by saying I love flying. The build-up to going away, the shopping at the airport and picking out seven books to read on holiday and having a cheeky glass of champagne along with a full english. I was raised in a family that arrives the two hours, if not more, before your flight. And when we recently arrived to check into our flight to Santorini, we were too early. Either this has never happened before or I was a child and was too young to remember it happening. And before you think I'm mental, it was for a reason. We were kindly gifted 1903 lounge passes to use at Manchester Airport, and having flown from Manchester for all of my life, I know how busy it can get getting through security.


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Once the check in desk opened, we sorted that and headed to security, and this was probably my favourite part of the whole experience. As part of the 1903 lounge you get a complimentary FastTrack security pass, which is separate to the main security queues. Obviously it's not a guarantee that it's going to be quiet, but when we went we were amongst a handful of other people. And we were through within minutes. Minutes. It was stress-free and meant we had a nice, leisurely stroll to the lounge and to make the most of the facilities. Apart from Belfast City Airport which has a super quick security, this was my most efficient experience at Manchester Airport.


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The lounge is tucked away upstairs and is a peaceful escape from the main terminal. The lounge has unrivalled views of the runway and planes, an office area to get work done and plenty of comfy lounge chairs to sit back and relax in. There's newspapers and a TV so you can catch up on what's going on whilst helping yourself to all the food and drink they have on offer. I did wish my flight was earlier, as breakfast is my favourite time of the day, but there were lots of options to choose from. Pasta dishes, pastries, cheese & biscuits and hot dishes including soup and their special of the day. And if you've got a sweet tooth there's plenty of cakes and biscuits to pick from. I did have eyes bigger than my stomach (what's new), but got through a few dishes, mainly loving the cheese and biscuits, because what better pairing to have with wine?!


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All drinks are included in the lounge pass too, including premium spirits and champagne, which is a big tick in my eyes. If you can't spoil yourself on holiday, when can you? There's a nod to the city with Manchester gin nestled amongst the array of alcohol. There's wine, beer and soft drinks too if you don't fancy an alcoholic drink! The staff couldn't do more to help and made the whole experience even better, so much so, the two hours we had there flew by. I'd say no pun intended, but I'm a copywriter so...


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As I mentioned the above was kindly gifted but I would definitely use the lounge in future, especially if I was flying at a time where having a few glasses of champagne was socially acceptable. It's definitely a chilled vibe and they don't accept group bookings over four people, so more one to do with your other half, solo flying if you want some peace or holidays with your best friend. Regardless of the security FastTrack pass which I know I keep banging on about, we definitely got our money's worth. And there was no need to queue for a drink or wait for food to come out to us. So in terms of value for money, for me and what I got out of it, it definitely was.



As mentioned this was a gifted experience. I wasn't asked to pay but all views are my own






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