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Manchester Airport set for ambitious £1bn investment

An ambitious £1bn investment programme has been drawn up to transform Manchester Airport over the next decade, which will include expanding terminal two to become the main terminal building and launching a facility to allow passengers to clear US Customs and Border Protection before boarding.

Manchester Airports Group (MAG), which owns the airport, has outlined 60 planned upgrades which will be carried out over the next ten years as part of its Manchester Airport Transformation Programme.

Among the changes, MAG intends to expand and reconfigure terminal two, improve terminal three to cater for increased demand and an expanding flight schedule, and introduce new and enlarged airside transfer facilities.

It is also looking to add cutting-edge technology into a new and enlarged security hall for faster screening of passengers, introduce self-service check-in facilities, and open 50 food and drink and retail outlets.

MAG chief executive Charlie Cornish said the upgrades would contribute to the development of a Northern Powerhouse.

"The transformation programme will ensure Manchester Airport plays its full part in driving economic growth and develops as a key part of the UK transport infrastructure, within a nationwide network of competing airports," he said.

"We continue to work closely with our airline partners to ensure that their requirements and those of their passengers will be fully catered for, both during the programme design-and-build and upon its completion.

"Over the next ten years, the airport will continue to develop as a global gateway for the UK, directly to and from the North, and these enhancements will enable us to further adapt, modernise and transform the customer service experience we are able to offer."

MAG is majority owned by the ten local authorities of Greater Manchester and also by a private Australian investment fund, Industry Funds Management.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, welcomed the planned redevelopment and said:

"Manchester Airport plays a vital economic role in the region in which it serves. Its annual passenger numbers last year topped a record 22 million and it provides jobs for 20,000 people on site and a further 25,000 indirectly.

"Greater Manchester and the rest of the North West is increasingly competing on an international stage and an airport that is better suited to serving these global aspirations will significantly improve the impact the region can have in attracting inward and outward investment, helping it to realise its full economic potential and create further jobs and opportunities."

Source: Insider Media

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