Manchester EGCC MAN
Manchester International Airport is a major airport located at Ringway in the City of Manchester within Greater Manchester, UK. In 2010 it was 4th busiest airport in the United Kingdom in terms of passenger numbers and the busiest airport in the UK outside the London region. It was also the 3rd busiest UK airport in terms of total aircraft movements, and the 24th busiest airport in Europe.
Current METAR
Key Details
Name Manchester
Latitude 53.35369873
Longitude -2.27495003
Elevation 257 ft

All departing IFR aircraft must file a SID in their flight plans. Controllers will NOT release aircraft for departure unless a SID has been issued. In order to maintain accuracy of information and reduce time spent updating detailed information on UK webpages, all information required for SID procedures should be obtained from the latest charts:

UK Aeronautical Information Package (AIP)

Pilots should note that only the FINAL SID fix should be inserted into a flight plan. For example a flight from Manchester to Edinburgh should start with POL only. Pilots should NOT put a designator such as POL5R as this information will always be provided to you by the controller subject to the current runway in use.

  1. Arrivals into Manchester are required to file a STAR (Standard Terminal Arrival Routing)
  2. The STARS that come via DALEY, aren't permitted on VATSIM UK as they're only used when the Manchester (MCT) VOR is out of service.
  3. Aircraft are permitted to cross the SLP's (Speed Limit Points) at 250KIAS unless instructed by Air Traffic Control. Pilots are reminded that it is not mandatory to file a STAR designator in your flight plan e.g MIRSI1B. The initial fix on a STAR is usually where the flight plan comes to an end.  E.g. A flight from London Heathrow to Manchester, the last way point in the flight plan will be the TNT VOR leading to the DAYNE2A arrival which will be confirmed by ATC.

For the latest STAR information and procedures, please refer to the latest charts:

UK Aeronautical Information Package (AIP)

 VFR and Special VFR Flights Special VFR clearances for flights within the Manchester Control Zone may be requested and will only be given when traffic conditions permit. These flights are subject to the general conditions for SVFR flight. The Special VFR clearance will normally be issued to aircraft wishing to fly to / from an airfield within the Manchester Control Zone, or those aircraft requesting to transit the zone at lower levels. Standard VFR clearances will be given for aircraft flying VMC within the Control Zone. Routing instructions and / or altitude restrictions may be imposed in order to integrate the VFR traffic with the IFR arrivals and departures. Pilots must notify ATC if unable to comply with any ATC clearances or instructions.

VFR and Special VFR routes to and from Manchester in order to integrate the VFR and SVFR flights to / from EGCC with the normal flow of IFR traffic, a number of Standard Routes have been established along which VFR and SVFR clearances will be issued. Pilots are asked to acquaint themselves with these routes to help reduce R/T. These are detailed and again, the most accurate and up to date information can be found on the AIP. The Low Level Corridor is a special corridor created to allowing VFR aircraft to transit across Class D airspace between Manchester and Liverpool. The best way to view the Low Level Corridor is via the AIP pages. This allows VFR aircraft to navigate through Class D airspace missing some of the normal requirements. Some factors to know;  

1. The low level corridor is 4nm wide. 

2. Aircraft must remain clear of cloud and in sight of the ground.

3. Maximum altitude is 1300ft on the Manchester QNH.

4. Minimum flight visibility of 4km.

5. Flights must be transitting the zone or proceeding to or from and aerodrome within the Manchester CTR.

6. Flights using the corridor are responsible for their own separation.

7. Flights have no need to call EGCC_S_APP. Those unfamiliar with the airspace may do so. Those simply transitting are at a bare minimum advised to ensure they are tuned to EGCC_S_APP.

UK Aeronautical Information Package (AIP)


Navigation Aids
Type Identifier Frequency
ILS RWY05L IMM 109.500 MHz LLZ/GP/DME 3° glideslope
ILS RWY05R IMC 111.550 MHz LLZ/GP/DME 3° glideslope
ILS RWY23R INN 109.500 MHz LLZ/GP/DME 3° glideslope
VOR/DME MCT 113.550 MHz
Runway Mag. Bearing Dimensions Surface Type
05L 052° 3048m x 46m Concrete
05R 052° 3047m x 45m Concrete
23L 232° 3047m x 45m Concrete
23R 232° 3046m x 46m Concrete
ATC Stations
Callsign Name Frequency
LON_CTR London Control 123.900
LON_N_CTR London Control 133.700
EGCC_S_APP Manchester Radar 118.570
EGCC_N_APP Manchester Radar 135.000
EGCC_F_APP Manchester Director 121.350
EGCC_N_TWR Manchester Tower 118.620
EGCC_S_TWR Manchester Tower 119.400
EGCC_GND Manchester Ground 121.850
EGCC_DEL Manchester Delivery 121.700
EGCC_ATIS Manchester Information 121.970
Standard Instrument Departures
Identifier Runway Initial Altitude
ASMIM1S 5000ft
ASMIM1Z 5000ft
DESIG1S 5000ft
DESIG1Z 5000ft
KUXEM1R 5000ft
LISTO2R 5000ft
LISTO2S 5000ft
LISTO2Y 5000ft Non-Jet aircraft only, plus BAE-146 (Avro RJ), Embraer E135, E145, Bombardier CRJ1, CRJ2, CRJ7, CRJ9, BD-700 Global Express, Gulfstream 5
LISTO2Z 5000ft
LIVSU1R 5000ft
LIVSU1Y 5000ft
MONTY1R 5000ft Leaving CAS at MONTY. Max FL140.
MONTY1S 5000ft Leaving CAS at MONTY. Max FL140.
MONTY1Y 5000ft Leaving CAS at MONTY. Max FL140.
MONTY1Z 5000ft Leaving CAS at MONTY. Max FL140.
POL1Y 5000ft
POL1Z 5000ft
POL4S 5000ft
POL5R 5000ft
SANBA1R 5000ft Jet aircraft only. BAE-146 (Avro RJ), Embraer E135, E145, Bombardier CRJ1, CRJ2, CRJ7, CRJ9, BD-700 Global Express, Gulfstream 5 use LISTO alternative.
SANBA1Y 5000ft Jet aircraft only. BAE-146 (Avro RJ), Embraer E135, E145, Bombardier CRJ1, CRJ2, CRJ7, CRJ9, BD-700 Global Express, Gulfstream 5 use LISTO alternative.
SONEX1R 5000ft
SONEX1Y 5000ft
Standard Terminal Arrival Routes
Identifier Initial Fix
ROSUN1A From DCS. FL150 and above.
ROSUN1B From DCS. FL140 and below.
ROSUN1C Aircraft joining CAS at SETEL ONLY.
ROSUN2E From GOLES at FL80. High level traffic use alternate STAR.

Online Controllers
Position Controller Frequency Connected
No Controllers Online
Online Pilots
Callsign Aircraft Pilot Origin Destination Connected
TOM59Y B738/M-SDE2E3FGHIRWXY/LB1 Jordan Denison EGCC BIKF 38 minutes ago
GMANS C700/M-SBDGHM1RWXY/LB2 Ellis Mansell OMDB EGCC 5 minutes ago
BAW85R A20N/W Luke Carter EGCC EGLL 1 minute ago
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