Manchester Airport unveils features of new £1bn terminal

5 December 2019 (Last Updated December 5th, 2019 12:00)

Manchester Airport in the UK has unveiled the features of its new 'super terminal', which is being developed under a £1bn transformation.  

Manchester Airport unveils features of new £1bn terminal
The departure lounge will feature a large digital screen for entertainment and information, as well as a honeycomb light installation. Credit: The Manchester Airports Group.

Manchester Airport in the UK has unveiled the features of its new ‘super terminal’, which is being developed under a £1bn transformation.

The airport released images and videos that showcase the facilities and design of the terminal, which is expected to open next year.

Approximately £688m has been spent so far and the airport has hired 1,800 people for the work.

The terminal features a honeycomb light installation located in the departure lounge. The light installation has 16 million settings and is capable of shifting colours depending on the time.

An 83m2 digital screen will provide passengers with entertainment and information. The terminal will also feature a children’s play area.

The departure lounge will house a range of shops, including WHSmiths, Dixons Travel and JD Sports. The JD Sports shop will be the brand’s largest airport store in the country.

Set to open in July 2020, the first phase of work will construct a security hall, departure lounge, immigration hall, arrivals hall and a bus gate lounge.

After the opening of the first phase, the remaining facilities will open throughout the year. These include an ‘island’ check-in desk, banks and the baggage reclaim facilities.

The airport stated Terminal 2’s current area will be closed to ensure that it is reconfigured according to the new facilities.

The completion of all reconfiguration work at Terminal 2 is scheduled in 2022. Pier Two is also scheduled to open at that time. This completed terminal will be 150% larger than the existing building being used.

Pier Two will be capable of accommodating the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the double-decker A380.

The remaining terminal and airfield infrastructure is expected to open to public in 2024.

Manchester Airport has consulted passengers with accessibility requirements for the design of the terminal.

The terminal is expected to receive Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) ‘very good’ status for its sustainability efforts.

In addition, the terminal will feature fixed electric ground power points in all aircraft stands.

Manchester Airport CEO Andrew Cowan said: “Our £1bn transformation will allow us to continue playing our role as the UK’s global gateway in the North, offering our 29.5m annual passengers and the entire region a world-class airport, connecting them to a wealth of vital economic and tourist hubs.

“We’re delighted with the progress that’s been made on the project and we can’t wait for passengers to experience the new facilities next summer. The new extension will offer a real step change to our passengers with state-of-the-art facilities and a great selection of shops and restaurants for them to enjoy.”