Your questions answered

A short Q&A on the Manchester Airport Transformation Programme.

This section covers the finer points of building, funding and planning the transformation of Manchester Airport, as well as its impact on stakeholders, local people, the environment, airlines and passengers. It is also where you can find out more about the business case for the redevelopment and the tendering process.

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Q: Why are you investing in the transformation programme?

Manchester Airport has never been so busy and is the preferred choice for millions of people and hundreds of airlines who use it every year. It is a national asset, playing a significant role in the Northern economy and the UK aviation industry at a time when capacity in the country is at a premium.

Manchester Airport can play an even stronger role as a global gateway and, as part of this vision, we will be undertaking a sustained programme of investment over the next ten years.

This will enable us to continue to adapt, modernise and transform the customer service experience for passengers and accommodate increasing demand from airlines. The programme will transform the airport.

Q: Why are you investing now?

The number of passengers using the airport is increasing, and new airlines and routes are being launched and we see a very positive future for the airport. We want to build on the success and contribution the airport makes to the Northern economy by investing in transforming its facilities and the experience we offer to passengers.

We are reaching the boundaries of what can be achieved through our existing infrastructure and our transformation programme is an important investment in the future of Manchester Airport.

Q: Will you be conducting a public consultation and, if so, when will this happen?

We will, of course, seek planning permissions in the normal way for aspects of the transformation programme that require consent and this will include public consultation.

The improvements will be delivered inside the existing footprint of the airport and are consistent with the established guidance provided by the Manchester Airport Master Plan; that growth will be phased, incremental and making best use of the existing terminal campus area.

We are today launching a consultation on the review of our long term master-plan for the airport (the draft Sustainable Development Plan). We will post a link allowing people to respond to the consultation soon.

Q: What benefits will passengers and airlines see from the programme?

The most significant and exciting part of the programme is the transformation of Terminal 2. We will be expanding this by over 140%.

In addition, we will be introducing a host of new elements to Manchester Airport, including:

  • 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 a new, enlarged security hall that will screen more passengers, quicker
  • The introduction of a host of new customer friendly enhancements, including self-service check-in facilities and around 50 food and beverage and retail outlets
  • Creation of a ‘future-proofed’ 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

Q: How long will it take to complete?

The programme will take approximately 10 years for all the elements to be completed. However, the phased approach we are taking will ensure that the benefits of the investment will start to be realised over the next few years.

Q: Will the airport have to close for the works to take place?

The airport will remain fully operational throughout the transformation programme. We have carefully planned the lifecycle of the programme to minimise any disruption to passengers, airlines and the local community.