Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has submitted an outline planning application to Manchester City Council for a new €130m World Logistics Hub at the airport.
To be developed in the southern part of Greater Manchester's Enterprise Zone as part of its £650m Airport City scheme, the operator's proposal includes 1.2 million to 1.4 million square feet of new logistics space.
MAG Airport City director John Atkins said that this scheme will create a sustainable commercial product that will provide high-quality and well-connected logistics facilities with access to the global marketplace and a population of over 24m people within a two-hour drive.
"This connectivity will create an exceptional opportunity to improve international trade, cut transit times and drive more efficient, sustainable supply chains, whilst supporting the local community, increasing employment opportunities and stimulating economic activity in the North West," Atkins said.
With 60% of the UK's industrial output produced by the North West of England, the new logistics hub will capitalise from it by merging with the airport's current cargo facilities at the adjacent World Freight Terminal.
With easy access to the airport's apron, train station and UK motorway network, World Logistics Hub will ease air-to-road transfer, assembly and processing activities for freight forwarders and other logistics trade, the operator said.
The proposed development programme includes a blend of logistics units ranging from 7,500ft² to 200,000ft² on a 91.2-acre site adjacent to Junction 6 of the M56 and close to the airport current freight space.
MAG's proposal also includes 36.6 acres of new landscaped areas and habitats surrounding the new logistics hub.
Image: Manchester airport handled about 107,000t of cargo in 2011. Photo: courtesy of Arpingstone.