Manchester Airport has announced the completion of the first major phase of its £1bn transformation programme.
Passengers flying out of Manchester this morning used the new 216m pier connecting to Terminal 2 for the first time. The pier project has taken 18 months to complete. A multistorey car park has also been completed within phase one.
Peter Jones, operations leader for main contractor Laing O’Rourke, said: “It is a significant achievement to have the pier, link bridge and multi-storey car park ready for airport guests within 18 months. The project’s design, construction methods and logistics were all planned digitally before construction on the edge of the live airfield began.
“Our digital engineering approach meant we, and our project partners were able to work together efficiently; putting productive solutions in place to minimise disruption to passengers and staff, while delivering new facilities for Manchester Airport on time.”
More than 1,750 people are currently working on the airport project. Work is under way on the next phase due for completion, the extension to the existing Terminal 2, which will double its size. Completion is due in summer 2020, at which point it will have 40-plus additional F&B outlets and shops, followed by a further 40 when the existing building is fully refurbished
Andrew Cowan, chief executive of Manchester Airport, said: “Today is a significant milestone for Manchester Airport as we deliver the first phase of the biggest investment we have made in our 80 year history.
“We are delighted to wave off the first handful of flights from the new pier, as we build up to bringing it into full operation in the days ahead. What that means is our customers can start to enjoy the new facilities, at the same time as getting a taste of what to expect from the next stages of our £1bn transformation programme.”
Once the Terminal Two extension opens for Summer 2020 the existing building will close for refurbishment with it due to reopen in 2022. Further piers will open in 2022 and 2024.