£1billion airport terminal
WORK is beginning on the £1bn creation of Manchester Airport’s new ‘ super-terminal’.
Designs for a vastly expanded Terminal 2, the expansion of which is expected to take six years, shows a new road layout, bright and airy lounges, glass frontage and new body scanners.
Airport bosses say the new building will cut queues, stress and waiting time for passengers as part of a dramatic upgrade they hope will help to rebalance the economy out of London, creating 1,500 jobs during the construction phase alone.
Work began last Friday - on what was expected to be the busiest day on record for the airport, with 150,000 flights as schools broke up.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling was due to visit the airport last Friday morning to view the work and to launch a consultation on the future of UK aviation. Manchester’s leaders will hope to see more attention paid to the city’s airport, shifting focus away from Heath- row. Airport chief executive Charlie Cornish said: “This is the largest private investment made in the region for some time.”
A computer image of Manchester Airport’s planned £1bn super-terminal