Passengers flying in and out of Manchester Airport can now refill their water bottles free of charge at any of its bars, cafes and restaurants.
One of the biggest hassles in airline travel is that passengers cannot take their own water and soft drinks with them.
Every airport across the world sees huge waste as passengers empty or discard bottles before security screening.
If passengers empty their bottle it can be hard or impossible to get a water refill after security. And passengers wanting to buy a soft drink after security know well the cost!
So congratulations to Manchester Airport as passengers flying in and out of the airport can now refill their water bottles free of charge at any of its bars, cafes and restaurants.
The UK’s third largest airport has signed up to a scheme called Refill, a national City to Sea initiative backed by local water company, United Utilities.
It means passengers can refill their water bottles at any of the 33 outlets across the airport’s three terminals. This is in addition to water fountains that are already located in both arrivals and the departure lounges.
More than 1.5 million bottles of water are bought by passengers every year in the Airport’s shops.
Mike Ward, Head of Retail at Manchester Airport:
“As the airport gears up for its busiest ever summer we know that many passengers are now travelling through with their own water bottles. This scheme will make it even easier for them to fill up and ensure they’re staying hydrated for their flights.”
Sarah Irving, Refill Regional Coordinator:
“Rolling out Refill in Manchester Airport is really going to help the campaign for reusables to take off, with many travellers opting to take their own bottles and cups when travelling. The aim of the campaign is to normalise using a reusable bottle so the support from such highly populated places like airports is a great way to get more people on board, making it easier to reuse on the go whether at home or abroad.”
About Manchester Airport
- Manchester is the UK’s third largest airport, handling more than 27 million passengers a year
- More than 70 airlines offer direct flights from Manchester to over 210 destinations worldwide
- Has two runways, three terminals, 42 air bridges, 254 check-in desks
- More than 1.5 million bottles of water are bought by passengers every year in the Airport’s shops
With over 16,000 free tap water Refill Stations across the UK, and many more popping up overseas, it is estimated that the Refill Scheme will cut plastic bottle use by tens of millions each year. To find them on your travels, download the free Refill app and look out for the stickers in windows.
Find out more about Refill and how you can take part at the Refill website at www.refill.org.uk to download the free Refill app and find out more about the Refill movement.
N.B. Image credit: Manchester Airport