Manchester Airport issues advice to City fans to as 9,000 expected to be flying to Istanbul for Champions League final

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Here’s what you need to know if you’re travelling from Manchester to Istanbul this weekend for the Champions League final

Manchester Airport has urged City supporters travelling to Istanbul for the UEFA Champions League final this weekend to come prepared and behave themselves as around 9,000 fans are expected to be flying out over the next three days.

Among the 39 flights leaving from Manchester to Turkey on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, several have been specifically chartered for Manchester City fans.

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Advice has been issued to fans to allow for plenty of time before the flight, make sure to have all the correct travel documents and check that hand luggage complies with airport security measures. Police have also issued a warning for fans not to drink excessively before their flights.

Manchester Airport have also added some special touches for the fans as they head off for the big game – including lighting up the honeycomb ceiling lights in City’s sky blue colours.

Manchester City will be facing Italy’s Internazionale on Saturday evening, hoping to become European champions.

Manchester Airport’s honeycomb ceiling will be lit up in City’s colours ahead of the Champions League final in Istanbul this weekend. Credit: Manchester AirportManchester Airport’s honeycomb ceiling will be lit up in City’s colours ahead of the Champions League final in Istanbul this weekend. Credit: Manchester Airport
Manchester Airport’s honeycomb ceiling will be lit up in City’s colours ahead of the Champions League final in Istanbul this weekend. Credit: Manchester Airport | Manchester Airport

What have the Airport and Greater Manchester Police said?

Chris Woodroofe, managing director of Manchester Airport, said: “We know that this is a hugely important occasion for Manchester City fans and we’re looking forward to helping them get their journey off to the right start. We’re working closely with partners including the football club, airlines and Greater Manchester Police to ensure passengers have a positive experience.

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“It is important that you allow plenty of time for your journey to the airport, keep an eye on service updates if you are travelling here via public transport, check which terminal you’re travelling from and arrive here at the earliest time your airline recommends.

“You should also make sure that you bring all relevant travel documents with you, and make sure that your hand luggage complies with the 100ml rule on liquids, gels and pastes, to avoid any hold-ups.”

Superintendent Helen Caldbeck, GMP’s commander at Manchester Airport, said: “GMP wants to wish Manchester City fans travelling to Istanbul an enjoyable, safe, and trouble-free journey. We expect excitement for the Champions League Final to radiate throughout the airport this week as fans start their journeys. Extra police officers will be on duty and working with colleagues at Manchester Airport to keep you safe.

“As with all football matches, the vast majority of Man City supporters travelling will be genuine fans who simply want to enjoy the game. We encourage you to behave responsibly and represent Manchester with pride. Don’t risk spoiling your experience by excessively drinking or by being involved in anti-social behaviour.”

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“If you see anything suspicious, feel unsafe or have any concerns which require police assistance or support, speak with one of our officers, they are there to help you. You can also dial 101 or report something you’ve seen or heard online via www.gmp.police.uk. Details can be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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