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Help and Support with Autism at Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport have outlined what parents/carers of children on the autism spectrum can expect to encounter on their journey through Manchester airport. Manchester Airport aim to ensure a clear airport guidance process as part of their assurance towards making every passenger's airport experience as safe, simple and stress free as possible.

Helping children and families with Autism through the Airport:  Travelling through an airport can be stressful for children on the Autistic Spectrum, especially when it’s a break in their routine and they are unsure of what to expect. This page is a useful resource for all people with autism as well as Parents/Carers: it will take you on a journey through Manchester Airport, using photographs to explain the process you will take, and how Manchester Airport will help children with Autism through what can be a stressful experience.

Manchester Airport Autism booklet: The jorney through the airport has been put in a booklet and this booklet is divided into various stages describing what you will see and hear along the way: From arriving at the airport, going through security, through to returning back home.  Each section has a ‘tick box’ for you to interact and engage with your child in the sights and sounds along your journey.  The booklet can be downloaded by clicking hereplease note there are 3 different booklets, depending on which terminal you are using.  There is space at the back of this booklet for your child to jot down any worries they may have and also a fun zone to fill time, when you may be waiting around.

Manchester Airport Autism Video:  There is also an accompanying video which can be viewed by clicking hereplease note there are 3 different videos depending on which terminal you are using.  

Our Commitment to support Autism:  Manchester Airport are committed to making every passenger’s journey as easy and stress-free as possible. We have many different passengers who pass through Manchester Airport, all with different needs, and this booklet is just one of the ways they can help people with Autism.

We understand the difficulties you may face when coming through the airport with a child on the Autistic Spectrum, and we will do as much as possible to help you travel through quickly and easily.

Requesting the Autism Wristband and fast-tracking: To make it as stress free as possible for you and your child, you can now request a free wristband for your child to wear which entitles the child wearing it, and all accompanying members of the party, to use the fast-track security lanes in each terminal.  

We also welcome any feedback you may have about this booklet or suggestions on how we can make your journey easier through Manchester Airport.