A new era is in sight for Manchester Airport that’s set to put Manchester on the map
2019 welcomes the rise of Manchester Airport. As the travel hub hits 80 years of service, it gets a new lease of life thanks to a £1 billion transformation. They’re taking it to the next level with this development! It’s the biggest investment Manchester Airport has ever had. Along with the construction programme being one of the largest in the North of England, this is good news for our city’s workforce as over 1,300 people will be working on site, including 90 apprentices.
Terminal 2 Transformed
The project sees Terminal 2 extended to more than double its current size, allowing our city to welcome more global passengers than ever before. The five-floor building boasts panoramic windows with views across the airfield, as well as an extra 60 units for shopping, drinking and dining. Alongside Terminal 2’s refurbishment, the second pier is due to open in 2020, followed by a third pier in 2024. Once the entire project is complete, the new-look terminal will be able to handle 35 million passengers!
Routes to Mumbai, Addis Ababa and Tel Aviv
Our city’s increasing worldwide connections see Manchester Airport invest in new routes that embrace our links with key global markets. The first direct Manchester to Mumbai flight launched in November 2018. The UK’s only direct service to Mumbai outside of London is set to deliver a £400 million boost to the North over the next five years and create an extra 2,000 jobs in the city. Before the new route had launched, Jet Airways upped the service from four to five weekly flights showing the increasing economic ties and strong demand to travel between the two cities. The service will run every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with return flights available from £391. Not only this but, Ethiopian Airlines launched flights from Manchester to Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, offering four flights a week from £499 return. In May 2018, Israeli airline El Al is set to continue this trend with direct flights to Tel Aviv from Manchester three times per week from £289 return.
New Marketing Manager
Manchester Airport has hired a new Airport Marketing Manager Dr Charlotte Shi. Formerly a Senior Lecturer in Fashion Marketing & Branding at Nottingham Trent University, and a Project Consultant for Unibail-Rodamco in Paris, Dr Shi received her PHD right here from The University of Manchester. Her appointment comes after the launch of The China Dividend: Two Years In, a report that looks at the economic and social benefits felt by the North of England since Hainan Airline’s Manchester-Beijing direct service started in 2016. The new position sees Dr Shi take charge of Hainan Airlines’ marketing scheme, as well as leading Manchester Airport’s Chinese social media. As a fluent English and Mandarin speaker, Dr Shi’s global mindset is sure to put Manchester on the right track.
Find out more at manchesterairport.co.uk.