Manchester Airport is the UK’s global gateway in the North.

For eight decades, its development has gone hand-in-hand with the fortunes of those living and working in the region it serves, and that has never been more the case than today.

Manchester has grown to become Europe’s 19th busiest airport, at a time when the North rightly seeks to rub shoulders with the world’s most significant economic powerhouses.

Today, it offers flights to more destinations that any other UK airport – from Hong Kong to Houston and Singapore to San Francisco – as airlines from all corners of the world embrace the strength and diversity of the Northern market.

By becoming one of only two British airports with two runways some 20 years ago, it primed itself for unrestricted growth at a time when the North and UK as a whole needs it most.

That time is now, as Manchester Airport seeks to build on the record passenger volumes it enjoys today by connecting to even more global destinations in the years to come and delivering the employment, productivity, investment and growth that comes with it.

And it is demonstrating its confidence in the nation’s long-term prospects once more, through a £1bn investment programme that will transform passenger experiences and help attract yet more of the world’s leading airlines.

The scheme will use design and technology to drive up service levels for all customers. And, as global visitors increasingly look to Manchester as their preferred entry point to the UK, it will provide a world class welcome that sends a clear signal that Britain is open for business.

It will modernise and transform the customer service experience we are able to offer passengers and airlines whilst allowing the airport to continue in its role as job creator and economic provider for Greater Manchester and the wider region.

The programme is a series of enhancements that will provide our passengers with facilities that combine a contemporary look and feel with state of the art services. These include:

  • The expansion and reconfiguring of Terminal 2 to become the airport’s primary terminal building
  • Improvement of Terminal 3 to cater for increased demand and an expanding flight schedule
  • The introduction of new and enlarged airside transfer facilities, including the direct linkage between Terminals 2 and 3
  • Introduction of the latest technology in two new security halls
  • The introduction of a host of new customer friendly enhancements, including self-service check-in facilities and around 50 food, beverage and retail outlets
  • The opportunity to introduce a US pre-clearance facility, allowing passengers to clear immigration, customs and agricultural inspection by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) before boarding their flight
  • An operational airport environment that provides greater flexibility and resilience to cater to evolving airline and security needs
  • The introduction of new stands and piers, offering better departure gate facilities
  • Improved surface access road system making it easier for customers to come to and from our airport
  • The Transformation Programme will adopt a phased approach to implement the improvements, to ensure minimal disruption to our airport operations, passengers and airlines.

It is all part of our vision to become a top 10 European airport and one of two primary international gateways in the UK, sitting at the heart of a super-connected Northern transport network.

  • £1.7bn – economic contribution to the UK economy every year
  • 210 – different destinations served by Manchester Airport
  • 10% – growth in p-p long haul traffic in past three years
  • 7 – consecutive years of post-recession growth
  • 15th – in world for number of different destinations
  • 40% – increase in customer numbers since 2010
  • 1.6m – customers flown to the US from Manchester Airport last year
  • 22,500 – people employed at Manchester Airport