‘Airport City’ – the bid to turn Manchester Airport into a global hub attracting business from across the world – is primed for take-off, as plans were submitted today.
The £650million project hopes to create 11,400 jobs through the development of offices, hotels, manufacturing centres, retails outlets and even leisure facilities.
If the planning application gets the go-ahead, it will see a 65 acre area of scrubland and car parks transformed into Airport City Manchester.
Manchester is the third biggest airport in the UK but hopes the new development will mean it competes with Heathrow and Gatwick and ‘aerotroplis’ projects outside the UK, such as Munich, Barcelona and Amsterdam.
The application was made by the airport’s parent company Manchester Airport Group (M.A.G) and aims to attract inward investment and provide new employment opportunities for Wythenshawe residents.
M.A.G’s Airport City Director, John Atkins, said: “Airport City will attract investment from international businesses and become a catalyst for the wider long term regeneration of Wythenshawe, with the creation of thousands of new jobs.
“It brings a world-class commercial product that is sustainable and innovative to the UK for the first time – this presents Manchester with a unique opportunity add to its offer as a major European business city and will enhance the airport’s reputation as an economic hub and a global gateway to the UK.”
The site will be one of the most accessible in the region, with motorway access planned to be via J5 of the M56 and a new landscaped ‘green bridge’ will bring the Airport’s terminals and public transport interchange within walking distance.
Members of the public can view the application here.