Proving that it’s all about the journey than the destination, Manchester Airport has begun work on its brand new Terminal 2 with 27 new eateries and shops. Back in January, the airport announced a £440m project to complete the new Terminal 2 building, marking the final phase of the £1.3bn transformation programme.
Manchester Airport has started work on the next major phase with lead contractor Mace, which consists of a new pier, mirroring Terminal 2’s Pier 1, which opened in 2019, and will provide 12 new spacious boarding gates and flexible aircraft stands for next-generation aircraft. It will also be equipped to handle the giant Airbus A380, the largest passenger aircraft currently in operation.
Upon completion in 2025, around 80% of all passengers will use the expanded Terminal 2, which will also boast 27 new shops, bars and restaurants, including a high-street style shopping area, a champagne bar and a food hall. Back in May, Manchester Airport revealed more about the food and drink offering and the shopping zone, which will be known as ‘The Avenue’.
The extended departure lounge will feature a food market serving a variety of world cuisines and quick eats. For those who prefer a more casual dining experience, the terminal will include a boutique high street-style shopping area complete with a Champagne Bar and premium brands, artisan cafes and a brasserie.
The shopping zone, to be known as The Avenue, will have a vibrant and airy feel. Each store front will open onto airfield views, with plenty of passenger seating for added comfort. The airport said it is on the hunt for retailers selling toys, fashion, accessories and travel essentials to take up units in this area, and is seeking out partners who will showcase the best of the North in their units, with a view to announce the successful applicants by next April.
Richard Jackson, Retail Director at Manchester Airport, said: “We are well aware that our guests’ holidays start at the airport and we want them to enjoy their time here – whether that means sipping craft beer brewed at the airport in a bar overlooking the airfield, or eating an artisan pizza. We already have a great range of food and drink options in Terminal Two, with local brands which create a strong sense of place, but we’re looking to build on that with all-new offerings, including a Champagne Bar and a market hall style food court.
“We’re also seeking retail partners who will bring a high-class offering, tailored to the needs of the travelling public. The first phase of the project saw some exciting brands come on board, but we’re now keen to build on that and provide a more varied and comprehensive retail experience to cater for the tastes of the millions of passengers who will pass through the terminal’s doors.”
The expanded offering of restaurants and shops forms part of the transformation programme’s second phase, which will see the original Manchester Airport Terminal 2 building remodelled and upgraded, in sync with the recently-opened terminal extension. Work is expected to be completed by 2025.
A blend of regional and national brands are expected to operate the new units, in keeping with the areas of the terminal that are already open to passengers. The first phase of the project saw a number of Mancunian favourites taking up residence in Terminal Two, from burger and shake chain Archie’s, Italian restaurant San Carlo and coffee brand Pot Kettle Black, to Manchester brewers Joseph Holt and Seven Bro7hers.
Mark Flanagan, owner of Pot Kettle Black, said: “Opening an outlet in Manchester Airport together with our partners HMSHost UK has been an incredible experience. We started in Manchester nine years ago in just a small premises in Barton Arcade.
“Now through the branch in the airport we’re reaching customers who come from all over the world and we’re even seeing international customers visiting our city centre branches because they’ve been to the one in the airport. Back in 2014 we never thought we’d be an international brand but the airport branch is helping us do that.”