A new video has been released following the start on site of the £1bn Manchester Airport Transformation Programme yesterday.
Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling was at the airport to witness the start of works and launch public consultation on a national aviation strategy for the next 30 years.
Charlie Cornish, chief executive of Manchester Airports Group, said: “Today, work will begin at Manchester Airport on a £1bn investment programme that will provide passengers and airlines with world class airport facilities, and deliver a major boost to the UK’s growth prospects and international competitiveness.
“We welcome the Secretary of State’s recognition of the important role that airports across the UK will play in driving economic growth, and commitment to looking at how airports like Manchester and London Stansted can make best use of their existing capacity.”
Laing O’Rourke is the main contractor for the transformation programme, which includes:
- The 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 direct linkage between Terminals 2 and 3
- Introduction of the latest technology in two new security halls
- The introduction of customer-friendly enhancements, including self-service check-in facilities and around 50 food, beverage and retail outlets
- The opportunity to introduce a US pre-clearance facility, allowing passengers to clear immigration, customs and agricultural inspection by US Customs and Border Protection before boarding flights
- An operational airport environment that provides greater flexibility and resilience to cater to evolving airline and security needs
- The 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
Grayling said: “Our new aviation strategy will look beyond the new runway at Heathrow and sets out a comprehensive long-term plan for UK aviation. It will support jobs and economic growth across the whole of the UK.
“Our vision puts the passenger at the heart of what we do, but also recognises the need to address the impacts of aviation on communities and the environment.”