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| It is the 6th time that I've travelled from this airport because this is my home town for the time being. I can say that this is the worst airport I have been so far in my entire life. Staff are rude, cleaning service is below average, baggage comes one hour after flight lands and all this in the busiest airport in the UK (after the London airports). For the last 3 flights, I used Leeds Bradford airport which is much smaller, only an hour by train from Manchester and thankfully is much more business minded and quick. As for Manchester, here's what happened today. Last time I departed from Manchester, the Uber dropped me in the new drop-off area as Manchester has enforced a £3 pounds minimum fare for everyone that wants to get in the terminal area. After they drop you off, you can get the free (thankfully) shuttle bus to drive you to the airport (which takes 10 minutes in normal time). Today, we arrived with a 2-hour delay from my destination, we arrived at 00:39 and got our luggage at 01:10. I was searching for the shuttle drop off bus but there are no signs at terminal 3 and so I was waiting for 10 minutes there. I asked 2 bus drivers who did not know that bus and in the end, thankfully I went to terminal 1, where the bus had previously dropped me. I finally found the driver who told me that this is the staff bus and could not take me (for crying out loud, there is a dedicated staff bus for the same place but not for the 25 million passengers that the airport handles). Thankfully, the driver has showing understanding and let me in. The moment we arrived, he dropped me in the drop off area where I tried calling again an Uber cab. Then the good part started: The security guard told me that there this is only a drop off place and not a pick up place. So I had to go back to the airport and call for a cab there. Finally I went back to terminal 1 (after 30 minutes had passed) and yes, the management had succeded; I did not use an Uber cab but instead I used their private taxi service paying 25% more. Definitely I would have used the train to go to Manchester centre but as it was 1 am and everything was shut, I had no choice. It seems like the taxi drivers lobby won there.