The Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, recently visited Manchester Airport to see work begin on its ten year, £1 billion transformation programme.

The visit came in tandem with the start of a Government consultation process for its Aviation Strategy which will seek to set out a vision for UK aviation over the next three decades and include proposals for how best use can be made of existing runway capacity at airports like Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands.

The Manchester Airport Transformation Programme aims to further improve the North’s international connectivity and the airport is currently targeting an expansion of its route network into North America, the Gulf, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Upon completion, the airport will be able to handle 45 million passengers a year, an increase of almost 20 million.

Charlie Cornish, CEO of Manchester Airports Group, said: “This marks a significant moment in the history of Manchester Airport and demonstrates the confidence that we have in the long term future of both the North and the UK economy. This is the largest private investment that has been made in the region for some time and the increased connectivity that it will deliver will enable it to become one of the most accessible and productive regions in Europe.”

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling added: “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. “I welcome Manchester Airport Group’s £1 billion programme to double the size of Manchester Airport’s Terminal 2 which will create 1,500 jobs. This is great news for the local economy and for passengers who will be able to fly to more destinations, more often.”

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