Manchester Airport in the UK has confirmed that Terminal 2, with its additional security and baggage facilities, is set for completion in 2020.

It is part of the £1bn ‘transformation programme’ and aims to make Terminal 2 the airport’s primary terminal building.

The project is expected to help Terminal 2 to grow by 150% to become the airport’s main terminal. Completion is scheduled for 2023.

Over the course of the project, which is touted to be one of the largest investments in the airport’s history, more than 150 apprentices will be recruited.

“Manchester Airport is a massive asset to our city region, connecting those living and working here to more global destinations than ever before.”

The number of people currently working on the project reached more than 1,000, of which 72% workers are from within a 35-mile radius.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: “Manchester Airport is a massive asset to our city region, connecting those living and working here to more global destinations than ever before, as well as helping attract visitors and tourists in the other direction.

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“The investment it is making will further enhance Greater Manchester’s international credentials and make a major contribution to placing the city region at the heart of a prosperous Northern economy.

“The fact so many Greater Manchester businesses are working on the airport’s transformation, creating and sustaining jobs in the process, can only be good news for our economy.”

Since the start of the construction, £188m has been spent with small and medium-sized firms in the supply chain, with £132m going to firms in Greater Manchester.

This includes William Hare’s, from Bury, which fabricated the steelwork used on the pier and terminal extension in a contract worth £28m.