Airport unveils £1bn development vision

Expanded terminals with greater capacity to speed up security checks and 50 new shops and restaurants are among a wide-ranging investment plan announced by Manchester Airport overnight.

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The UK’s third largest airport published a 10-year plan containing 60 enhancements, including:

  • Expansion and reconfiguring of Terminal 2, to become the airport’s primary terminal building
  • Improvement of Terminal 3 to cater for increased demand and an expanding flight schedule
  • The introduction of new and enlarged airside transfer facilities, including the direct linkage between Terminals 2 and 3
  • US pre-clearance facility allowing passengers to clear immigration by US Customs & Border Protection before boarding
  • Introduction of latest technology in new enlarged security hall that will screen more passengers, quicker
  • Self-service check-in facilities
  • 50 food and beverage and retail outlets
  • Creation of a ‘future-proofed’ operational airport environment that provides greater flexibility and resilience to cater to evolving airline and security needs
  • Introduction of new stands and piers, offering better departure gate facilities
  • Improved surface access road system making it easier for customers to come to and from our airport

Manchester Airport is used by 70 airlines flying to 210 short and long haul destinations. Manchester Airport is the only UK airport outside of London with direct routes to a host of global destinations including Miami, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Singapore, Atlanta, Washington and Boston.

The transformation programme will be phased to ensure minimal disruption to airport operations, passengers and airlines.

The improvements will be delivered inside the existing footprint of the airport.

Carolyn McCall, chief executive of EasyJet, said: “Manchester Airport’s vision offers a range of opportunities for easyJet which will directly benefit our passengers’ experience and our operations at the airport. easyJet is committed to long term growth at Manchester Airport and the programme offers us an excellent opportunity through which to achieve this over the next decade. We look forward to working closely with the airport to maximise the design and implementation from both an airline and passenger perspective.”

Laurie Berryman, vice-president UK, Emirates, said: “Emirates is delighted that Manchester Airport is committing to the £1bn redevelopment programme. Emirates will be celebrating 25 years at Manchester later this year and now operates three daily services to Dubai and beyond two of which are operated by the iconic Airbus A380.”

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