mitchja wrote:The new T2 extension at MAN is tipped to open in April which I guess also applies to the new VS Clubhouse opening as well.
This will be very subject to current government guidelines though as so far only T1 is operating at MAN.
If restrictions continue for longer than expected they could reopen T2 and close T1 as T2 will be much better for keeping to social distancing than T1.
I don't think that will work. The T2 extension won't bring additional contact stands right away, plus I recall the plan is/was for parts/all of the current T2 building to close at that point in order for the next stage of the redevelopment works to take place as the extension contains new check-in desks, baggage reclaim halls, departure lounges, etc. If anything, there might be a bit of a reduction as the lower numbered gates in the current terminal will have to be taken out of use at some point for redevelopment.
What I can see happening is T2 only being open during certain hours. It's something that used to happen during the winter months pre-pandemic when there were no flights after mid/late-afternoon etc.
Long-term, I believe the plan is to get rid of T1 in its current form, though don't quote me as the plans have changed several times since the project was first announced.