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

Manchester Airport is investing more than £1bn to give the North the world class international gateway it deserves. The Manchester Airport Transformation Programme (MAN-TP) will modernise and transform the customer service experience we are able to offer passengers and to airlines whilst allowing the airport to continue in its role as job creator and economic provider for the region and the wider North.

The programme comprises a series of enhancements that will provide our customers with facilities that combine a contemporary look and feel with state-of-the-art services.

It will see Terminal 2 more than double in size to become the airport’s main centre of gravity.

The new, enlarged terminal will have a range of state-of-the-art features and will be designed to deliver a smooth and seamless passenger experience.

There will be something for everyone, with families able to take advantage of a range of shops and food and beverage outlets to suit all tastes and budgets, while business travellers will be able to take advantage of a host of new world-leading executive lounges.

All of this will be made easier with the introduction of the latest technology and digital products and services to enhance the passenger experience.

On the airfield, work will be carried out to maximise the potential of Manchester’s existing two runways, which have the capacity to handle 55m passengers a year.

Work will see our taxiways remodelled to accommodate more of the world’s largest aircraft, which will jet off to even more far flung destinations in the years to come.

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. The Transformation Programme will adopt a phased approach to implement the improvements, to ensure minimal disruption to our airport operations, passengers and airlines.

A World-Class Airport

  • The expansion and reconfiguring of Terminal 2 to become the airport’s primary terminal building
  • The extension will increase the current footprint of the building by 150%
  • 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

Improved Access to the Airport

  • Shifting the airport’s centre of gravity to an enlarged Terminal, directly connected to its rail, tram and coach station and next to the proposed HS2/Northern Powerhouse Rail station site
  • Improved surface access with new roads and junction improvements making it easier for customers to travel to and from our airport
  • New multi-storey car parks re-providing the spaces lost to the apron expansion and providing customers with greater product choice
  • New forecourt and public realm features

A Modernised Airfield

  • Increase in contact and remote stands
  • Taxiway and airside road improvements, providing efficient operations to feed the 2 runways
  •  Modern and future-proofed stand layouts
  • Three new finger piers, safeguarded for four
  • Innovation and technology to improve airline processes
  • More efficient airfield operating environment

A Relaxing Departure

  • Modern check in hall including self-service ‘check-in’ facilities
  • The latest technology in two new security halls with a total of 24 security lanes, with space safe-guarded for changes in screening regulations
  • Around 50 new food, beverage and retail outlets
  • Increased departure lounge with increased seating and a relaxing atmosphere
  • New business lounges with exceptional airfield views
  • Easy intuitive way finding with dynamic signage
  • New departure gates on finger piers
  • Safe-guarding for US Pre-clearance opportunity

A Warm Welcome Back

  • New immigration hall with more e-gates improving efficiency
  • New baggage system, better sized for modern aircraft fleets
  • New baggage hall with 12 new reclaim belts
  • New arrivals hall

Leaving a Legacy for the Region

  • A key feature of the Manchester Airport Transformation Programme is a commitment to leaving a lasting legacy for the region
  • The construction phase will see 1500 new jobs created, 150 of which will be apprentices
  • Our contractors have pledged to ensure 80% of all work is awarded to businesses in the regional supply chain
  • Specially tailored courses are being devised and delivered to prepare unemployed local people with the skills and knowledge they need to enter the world of work
  • As a result of the project, an additional 10,000 interactions with young people in the region will be carried out


The Transformantion 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.

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    £1.7 bn

    economic contribution to the UK economy every year

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    direct destinations served by Manchester Airport

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    growth in point-to-point long haul growth in past three years

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    consecutive years of post-recession growth

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    in the world for number of different destinations

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    increase in customer numbers since 2010

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    customers flown to the US from Manchester Airport last year

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    people employed at Manchester Airport