Commenting on the news of investment in Manchester Airport, Christian Spence, Head of Research & Policy at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said:

“The investment being made into delivering even greater capacity at Manchester Airport will provide significant benefits not only for the airport itself and for the local economy, but for the whole Northern Powerhouse and beyond.
“As the gateway to the North of England and the only two-runway airport outside London, Manchester Airport is a key asset for the UK providing increasing numbers of flights to new destinations and greater capacity for both leisure and business travellers and crucially for cargo, too.

“The transformed customer experience this investment will deliver sets Manchester Airport ready to play an even greater role in our international infrastructure which, combined with other infrastructure investments planned across the North of England will increase the opportunities for the region to grow its economy over the coming years and decades.

“We call on government to play its part in delivering greater capacity on key access routes to the airport from around the UK as well as acknowledging the full role that regional airports can play in supporting the UK’s aviation policy in the future.”

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About Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is the largest Chamber of Commerce in the UK, providing business support to approximately 4,500 members who collectively employ 446,000 people, around one-third of Greater Manchester’s workforce.

Recognised as a leader in its field, Greater Manchester Chamber’s reputation in government circles has grown locally and nationally. At the heart of the area of greatest economic intensity outside London and the South East, the Chamber is the primary body for business support, policy, representation and networking.
The Chamber is an independent, not-for-profit private company and its aim is to support businesses and help create the best climate for the region to prosper. This is achieved by ensuring that those taking decisions on key issues such as transport, taxation and business regulation hear the voice of our members. The representation of our members’ views is central to the work of the policy team at the Chamber; these views are gathered in a range of ways including our local councils, policy committees, sector councils, the main Chamber council, focus groups, meetings with politicians and consultations.

The Chamber also offers a range of networking forums across Greater Manchester, free as part of membership, plus a variety of other events and services designed to benefit specific sectors or individuals and help businesses to grow.