According to Andrew Cowan, CEO of Manchester Airport, there is no better example of that than Jet Airways’ Manchester to Mumbai service, which was announced in May and began operating in November. This would have a huge impact on facilitating trade links between the North of England and India.
It is predicted that in 2019 routes would be added for 28 million passengers, the first part of the £1bn transformation program will also be delivered.
This could be as early as April when the first pier would be opened. The pier itself is a major piece of infrastructure and would be taller than Manchester’s Beetham Tower if stood up right.
The overall program will deliver a major boost to all of the North by helping people/businesses connect to even more global destinations. Once complete, it will offer world class facilities with the latest innovations in technology and travel.
Harnessing the potential of Manchester Airport will make a significant contribution to driving growth in the North, by stimulating trade and investment, and rebalancing the UK in the process.
Manchester is a leading global city and with the second largest economy in Great Britain, this city is set to continue to grow and see ongoing investment in 2019.
During 2018 the digital and tech sector has grown faster in Manchester than anywhere else in Europe. Several major office occupiers including Amazon, BUPA, Booking.com, Jaguar Land Rover, Royal London Group, Kellogg’s and The Hut Group have seen the numerous benefits of locating and expanding within the region.
This has been as a result of a combination of factors including the extensive talent pool (100,000 students in four universities and a 72 per cent student retention rate in Manchester), the ever-expanding Manchester International Airport and the communication links.
We will continue to see many more businesses relocate divisions into the region, whom in addition to the previous factors, will also be further attracted by their overall reduced outgoings.
There are so many cranes in the city’s sky, by the end of this year we will see a number of these developments completed, occupied and brought to life by new residents, businesses and hotel operators.
Manchester was recently ranked 10th in the world as a destination for inward investment by IBM, placing the town ahead of several some major global cities. Over the years and on several occasions, Manchester has proven to be a resilient and forward-thinking city, full of talent, energy, creativity and ambition. This approach will continue into 2019 regardless of the Brexit outcome and be for the better of the city and wider region.