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First Phase of £1bn Manchester Airport Transformation Completed
Manchester Airport has undergone a huge transformation in the last six months, with the first major phase of the project having now been completed.
The Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling MP launched the building work in July 2017, and since then construction has begun on the terminal extension and a new multi-storey car park, while steel works for new piers have been accomplished and a 650-seat temporary gate lounge was finished in August.
Andrew Cowan, Manchester Airport chief executive officer, said the project to expand Terminal Two by more than 140 per cent is “gathering pace at a rapid rate”.
“Through the delivery of the transformation, we will have a world class airport the whole of the north can be proud of, and one that will attract new airlines and routes so that we can continue to play economic provider by linking the north to key investment and trade opportunities across the globe,” he stated.
The transformation is expected to cost £1 billion in total, and will see construction of a second pier, alterations to the Terminal Two forecourt and highways, as well as a new baggage hall. The aim is to complete the expansion by 2019 for passengers to be able to enjoy the benefits of the changes.
Scaffolding companies in Manchester will be busy with this project for the next year, while the Manchester Airport Transformation Programme will also create 150 apprenticeships, with 52 per cent of those working on the development coming from the local area.
The growth of the travel hub is necessary, after Manchester Airport recently revealed almost 28 million passengers used it in the 12 months leading to January 2018. This is 7.45 per cent higher than the year before, and makes it the third biggest airport in the UK.