21 AUGUST 2017
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More details of developments at the Manchester Airports Group (MAG) have been released in the wake of continued growth in passengers and cargo and following the management reshuffle (BTN 14 August).
The group says it plans to invest more than £1bn in terminal and airfield facilities in the coming decade, to allow its airports to play their part in providing the runway capacity the UK will need.
Manchester, the only airport in the UK apart from Heathrow with two runways, grew 7.4% year on year to handle more than 3m passengers in July. It has begun a £1m programme to handle more passengers and make fuller use of runway capacity.
MAG said growth at Stansted was equally rapid, with more than 2.5m passengers in July, up 10.5%, and the airport is applying to lift its current passenger cap from 35m passengers a year to 44m to allow airlines to plan their future growth there.
Stansted is also about to start work to transform the current terminal building into a dedicated departures building, in advance of a new arrivals complex next door.
MAG also reported good news from East Midlands Airport, which grew by 3.1% to serve 588,000 passengers in July, and Bournemouth Airport, which produced growth of 1.2% to 81,000 passengers.
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David Bentley, Manchester/UK
Prestwick has two runways doesn't it?