Departures area at Terminal Two, Manchester Airport

Departures area at Terminal Two, Manchester Airport

Manchester takes top spot in airport food league table

The third busiest airport in the UK is best in terms of eating options and range of food outlets.

When it comes to eating at the airport, it is normally a case of grabbing a burger or sandwich where you can, and hoping you don’t break the bank when doing so. Fine dining may be out, no matter where you’re flying from, but research by luggage storage firm, Radical Storage, on airport food has revealed a ‘pecking’ order in terms of quantity and range of food outlets with Manchester Airport the clear winner.

The Cheshire location around ten miles from the city centre took the honour from Stansted in second, with Heathrow and Gatwick in fourth and eighth spots respectively. The reason behind the success of Manchester appears to be based around the expansion of its Terminal 2, which reopened two years ago and included a host of new eating spots.

While Manchester wasn’t a clear winner on average price of food item (£9.15) compared to £6.70 at Stansted, it was factors like number of restaurants on site (30), which was highly competitive when compared to Heathrow, which has just ten more (40) despite being a far larger airport. Manchester was also favourable in terms of vegetarian/vegan and gluten-free alternatives, with a wide range of dining options at places like Wagamama, Archie’s, Barburitto, Pot Kettle Black and San Carlo.

Making up the rest of the UK top 10 is London Luton (3), Edinburgh (5), George Best Belfast City (6), London City (7), Newcastle International (9) and Leeds Bradford in tenth spot.

The worldwide overall winner was Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea, with 270 places to eat, and an average cost of $8.18 (approx. £6.50) per meal.

The Best Airports in the World for Food - Radical Storage


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