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BUSINESS TRAVEL MANCHESTER AIRPORT: ‘BEST UK AIRPORT’ AS VOTED IN THE GLOBE TRAVEL AWARDS 2015 & 2016 37 and there’s more to come in 2017. As such, the airport launched its first ever multi-channel, multi-audience marketing campaign to showcase the breadth of destinations we offers to the USA. It’s not just long haul that has driven the growth over the last 12 months. We’ve seen expansion from the likes of easyJet, Ryanair, Norwegian and Jet2.com. This has resulted in new services and increased frequencies to some of Europe’s key business centres in Amsterdam, Berlin, Bremen, Milan, Nuremberg, Paris and Rotterdam. 2017 This year kicked off with Emirates increasing capacity at the airport by using an Airbus A380 on its morning service. This means that all three daily services to Dubai use the iconic aircraft, one that is hugely popular with passengers and aviation enthusiasts alike. Looking ahead to the rest of 2017 we are expecting the growth that we have seen over the past few years to continue. Due to our growth we continue to invest in the facilities at Manchester Airport to ensure our passengers have the best experience they possibly can. I’ve previously talked about our £1bn transformation programme in these pages. 2017 will see work begin on the project. It’s a series of 60 enhancements that will provide the millions of passengers who use the airport every year with facilities that combine a contemporary look and feel with stateof the-art services. We have also recently unveiled plans for a new brand of lounge that will open in Terminal Three in April costing £1.6m. The 1903 Lounge, named after the year of the Wright Brothers first flight, will hold up to 71 people and provide a more premium offering for passengers looking to get their holidays off to a flying start. With fantastic views of the airfield, the lounge will offer all-inclusive luxury in an adult-only environment. With its own chef, passengers will be able to choose from seasonal dishes with locally sourced ingredients as well as enjoying complimentary drinks including premium spirits. Passengers using the lounge will also be able to make use of Fast Track security and unlimited free Wi-Fi. 2017 will also see new flights to Continued on page 38


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