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7:00 AM 15th July 2021
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Northern Hub Opens New Terminal Extension

Manchester Airport has welcomed the first passengers through its new terminal extension marking a major milestone in the Northern gateway’s 83-year history.

A Jet2.com flight to Menorca was the first to take-off from the expanded Terminal Two.... which is the centrepiece of the hub’s £1bn Manchester Airport Transformation Programme (MAN-TP).
The first family to fly through the airport's new Terminal 2
The first family to fly through the airport's new Terminal 2
Work started on the transformation in 2017 and – despite a delay of more than one year to the opening as a result of the pandemic – the facility was officially opened by Manchester Airport’s Managing Director Karen Smart and Jet2.com’s General Manager at Manchester Airport, Marc Burns, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Passengers then had their first opportunity to sample the new terminal’s state-of-the-art facilities, including a worker bee inspired honeycomb lighting feature and a giant media wall.

A range of new shops, cafes, bars and restaurants also opened their doors, with more to follow.

The expanded terminal’s light, bright and airy check-in hall sets the tone for the passenger experience, with a modern security area equipped with the latest technology, and a departure lounge packed with iconic features including a new 81 square metre digital screen.

More than 8,000 tonnes of steel have been used to create the new terminal extension, which is 81,000 square metres. It is large enough to accommodate Manchester United’s Old Trafford pitch 11 times over, with room to spare.

Benefits to the wider region have included the creation of more than 1,500 jobs in the construction phase alone, including more than 150 apprenticeships giving young people an opportunity to take their first steps on the career ladder.

To find out more about the new Terminal Two – including the range of eateries available – visit https://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/at-the-airport/terminal-2/ .