Manchester Airport Departure Lounge CGI December 2019

Manchester Airport is undergoing a £1bn expansion which is due to complete in 2024

Manchester Airport unveils latest designs in £1bn revamp

Manchester Airport has released images and a video of its under-construction passenger terminal, as it presses ahead with plans to complete the airport expansion project by 2024.

The £1bn transformation project, which began in 2017, is set to be fully completed by 2024 with the first phase of the Terminal Two extension project set to open in 2020.

The security hall, departure lounge, immigration hall and arrivals hall will open next summer, while other facilities, such as island check-in desks and baggage reclaim facilities, will open later in the year.

The UK’s third-largest airport this week released images showing what passengers can expect once the project is complete.

Among the planned features of the rejuvenated airport is a honeycomb light installation with more than 16 million settings to illuminate the departure lounge, plus an 900 sq ft digital screen which will provide entertainment and information for passengers.

Meanwhile, a five-minute video illustrates the construction being undertaken by contractor Laing O’Rourke.

Once completed, the new ‘super terminal’ will be home to 15 new food and beverage outlets including a Wagamama, KFC, two M&S Simply Food outlets and an Amber Alehouse run by local brewers Seven Brothers.

The new-look Terminal Two will also provide a substantial retail offering including a WH Smiths, Dixons travel and JD Sports – the latter of which is scheduled to open its largest ever airport-based store within the new development.

Once complete, the terminal will be 150% bigger than the current building.

Andrew Cowan, chief executive  of Manchester Airport, said: “Our £1bn transformation will allow us to continue playing our role as the UK’s global gateway in the North, offering our 29.5m annual passengers and the entire region a world class airport.

“We’re delighted with the progress that’s been made on the project.  The new extension will offer a real step change to our passengers with state-of-the-art facilities and a great selection of shops and restaurants for them to enjoy.”

A total of £688m has been spent on the project so far, Manchester Airport said, and around 1,800 jobs have been created during the process.

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