This is the biggest single construction project ever to take place in Greater Manchester
Manchester Airport has started work on a 10-year — £1 billion transformation programme — which will deliver a major boost to UK’s growth prospects and international competitiveness. The project will reinforce Manchester Airport’s standing as the UK’s global hub in the North of England. It will provide more international connections which in turn will consolidate economic growth across the North.
The new gate lounge will allow the west half of Terminal 2 to be completely demolished and rebuilt whilst the airfield remains in full operation. The new terminal building is expected to be operational by 2019.
Thanks to ceiling high windows, the new lounge provides passengers with a close-up view of the airfield. The facility has also been decorated with a timeline that tells the history of the airport as well as information on the transformation programme.
The area will sees new enlarged toilet cubicles along with new way-finding signage to improve passenger experience. This will continue throughout the terminal once the transformation programme is complete.
The opening of the new lounge comes a month after a visit from the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP to see the start of the works.
Chris Grayling also announced the UK’s national aviation strategy in which he referred to Manchester as the UK’s other hub airport.
Rob Stewart, Delivery Director for MAN-TP, said:
The opening of the lounge is the first milestone for the project since work started. It will allow us to demolish the western side of Terminal 2 and passengers will soon see cranes in place starting those works. The new facility has been finished to a high standard and it is great to use the space to tell passengers travelling to destinations ranging from Beijing to San Francisco about the history of Manchester Airport and our plans for the future. Excitement is really building about the changes taking place at the airport and we are looking forward to seeing it develop in the weeks and months ahead.
The first part of the transformation project comes after the airport’s busiest ever Bank Holiday Weekend. More than 420,000 passengers passed through the terminals over the three days.
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