The UK’s third largest airport has unveiled a 10-year transformation plan as it gears up for a key role in delivery of the government’s Northern Powerhouse strategy.
Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has announced a 10 year plan to transform the airport with investment of up to £1bn. Sixty different enhancements are planned as part of the Manchester Airport Transformation Programme, including the expansion and reconfiguring of Terminal 2 to become the main terminal and improved road access to and from the airport.
The government has given strong backing to the programme, as it puts plans into place to deliver its Northern Powerhouse strategy.
Chancellor George Osborne said: “Today’s announcement of £1bn of private sector investment in Manchester Airport is a massive vote of confidence in the North of England and in our plan to build a Northern Powerhouse.
“The investment, which will completely transform Manchester Airport and double its capacity, will help ensure that it continues to compete with global airports across the world.
“It will play a key role in this one nation government’s plan to rebalance the UK economy and boost productivity and is fantastic news for working people across the North.”
Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin added: “This programme of improvements will allow Manchester to help meet the UK’s aviation needs in the coming decades – something that will be of huge value not only to passengers and airlines, but also in creating jobs and transforming the Northern Powerhouse’s transport links.”
Other plans for the airport include improvements to Terminal 3 and the introduction of new and enlarged airside transfer facilities, including a direct link between Terminals 2 and 3.
MAG chief executive Charlie Cornish said: “We’re setting out how the airport will contribute to the development of a Northern Powerhouse and demonstrating the dynamic, can-do spirit that sums up the region. The transformation programme will ensure Manchester Airport plays its full part in driving economic growth and develops as a key part of the UK’s transport infrastructure, within a nationwide network of competing airports.
“We continue to work closely with our airline partners to ensure that their requirements and those of their passengers will be fully catered for, both during the programme design and build and upon its completion.”