£1bn Manchester Airport expansion under way

The UK Government unveiled plans to develop a new UK Aviation Strategy as a £1 billion programme to double the size of Manchester Airport’s Terminal 2 was launched.

The Manchester project will create 1,500 jobs, allow for more international destinations, and grow passenger numbers from 27 million to 45 million a year.

The project will create up to 1,500 jobs.

Manchester Airports Group CEO Charlie Cornish said: “Today, work will begin at Manchester Airport on a £1 billion investment programme that will provide passengers and airlines with world-class airport facilities, and deliver a major boost to the UK’s growth prospects and international competitiveness.

“We welcome the Secretary of State’s recognition of the important role that airports across the UK will play in driving economic growth, and commitment to looking at how airports like Manchester and London Stansted can make best use of their existing capacity.”

UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “Aviation is central to our future prosperity as we leave the European Union.

“As a global, trading nation we want to build on the great industry we have today and create opportunities for people up and down the country.

“Our new aviation strategy will look beyond the new runway at Heathrow and sets out a comprehensive long-term plan for UK aviation.

“It will support jobs and economic growth across the whole of the UK.

“Our vision puts the passenger at the heart of what we do, but also recognises the need to address the impacts of aviation on communities and the environment.”

Check out the video below to see future plans for UK Aviation: