Manchester Airport completes T3 revamp

Manchester Airport has announced refurbishment of the departure lounge at Terminal 3 has been completed and is now open.

Manchester Airport said feedback from passengers deciding what improvements were needed was considered and used towards its redevelopment.

Hurst Interiors of Bradford acted as main contractor and Inviron completed the building services installation.

The refurbishment is the final stage of Manchester Airport's terminal redevelopment project.

Over £2m was invested in the redesign of Terminal 3 in addition to £80m investment in redeveloping Terminals 1 and 2 since the start of the project in 2007.

Manchester Airport said the changes were made after passenger survey scores for Terminal 3 dropped following the improvement of Terminals 1 and 2.

The top five things that passengers wanted included:

  • More seats in the departure area
  • Better wayfinding
  • More flight information screens
  • An improved security area with more lanes open
  • Better retail and catering

Andrew Harrison, Manchester Airport's managing director, said: "Although this work addresses the main five areas of concern for our passengers, we know that there's more to do. Passenger feedback will continue to be part of our focus on creating a great experience for travellers through Manchester Airport."

The Terminal 3 work includes the modernisation of flight information screens with the introduction of several plasma screens, clearer wayfinding signage, replacement flooring tiles on the upper level, plus the creation of four brand new shops and one new catering unit on the upper level.

Italian restaurant Trattoria Milano, run by HMSHost, which is part of Autogrill Group, has opened its first outlet at Manchester Airport and offers freshly made paninis, pastas, salads, and handmade pizzas.

The four new shops include Dixons Travel, Rolling Luggage Swatch and Tie Rack. Manchester Airport said Costa Coffee will also be getting a new image to creating a relaxing area in the corner of the departure lounge later in the year.

In addition, Autogrill has also taken space at the World Freight Terminal owned by MAG Developments, the property group of Manchester Airport.

Terminal 3 was originally opened by Diana, Princess of Wales in 1995 and is the newest of Manchester Airport's three terminals.

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