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Manchester Airport reveals first look of T2’s £440m transformation

The huge project will create thousands of jobs and unlock billions of pounds of economic value for the North over the next decade.

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Manchester Airport Group (MAG) bosses have announced a £440m investment in the final phase of its £1.3bn transformation programme.

The huge project will create thousands of jobs and unlock billions of pounds of economic value for the North over the next decade.

The investment is set to transform the UK’s third largest airport, attracting new routes for the North’s global gateway, connecting the region to even more international destinations, including some of the world’s most important economic markets.

The new spacious facilities, including state-of-the-art technology and equipment, and an exciting array of shops, bars, restaurants and airport lounges, will provide passengers with a great airport experience as they travel.

The airport’s transformation programme was first announced in 2015 with a 10-year vision to revolutionise the customer experience at the Northern hub and unlock the potential of its two full-length runways.

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The first phase saw Terminal 2 more than double in size, with the new facility having received positive feedback from passengers and airlines since opening in July 2021.

The second phase will complete the new T2 building, improving all stages of the passenger journey – from check-in to baggage reclaim, as well as upgrading its airfield to cater for next generation aircraft.

The expanded terminal is expected to be completed by 2025 and will see 80% of passengers use it as Terminal 1 will close 63 years after it was opened by the Duke of Edinburgh, in 1962.

The build will create 500 jobs on the construction phase alone, while independent analysis shows around 16,400 extra jobs will be generated by 2040 as a result of the economic activity stimulated by the expansion of the airport and its route network.

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Charlie Cornish, CEO of MAG, said: “Manchester Airport is a key economic asset for the North, and this investment will maximise the contribution it makes to creating a balanced and globally competitive UK economy.

“Our £1.3bn transformation programme demonstrates our long-term commitment to providing a great airport experience for passengers who travel through Manchester.

“I’m delighted to be announcing the go-ahead for the final phase, which will open in 2025, connecting the people and businesses of the North to dozens more global destinations, and creating jobs and stimulating increased levels of trade and tourism,” he added.

Chris Woodroofe, Managing Director of Manchester Airport, said: “It is hugely exciting to be announcing this significant investment in Manchester Airport. It represents a major milestone in the history of both our airport, and the region as a whole.

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He went on to add: “By completing the transformation of Terminal 2, we will not only be offering passengers across the North an unrivalled choice of destinations, but also providing them with world class facilities and a great overall experience when they travel through Manchester.”

“I cannot wait to see the plans come to fruition, for the benefit of all of our customers, colleagues and supporters,” he added.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, praised the plans saying: “Manchester Airport is a massive asset to our city region, connecting those living and working here to global destinations, as well as helping attract visitors, tourists and inward investment.

“The further investment in the Manchester Airport transformation programme will enhance Greater Manchester’s international credentials and make a major contribution to the northern economy.

“The project is also doing a huge amount to create employment for people from all backgrounds and providing training that will ensure it leaves a skills legacy for future generations.”

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Passport fees are rising tomorrow for second time in 14 months

Things are getting more expensive, again…

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In bad news for holidaymakers, the cost of getting a new passport is set to rise once again.

The Home Office has confirmed that passport fees are set to rise by more than 7% from tomorrow, under new proposals.

This means the cost of online applications within the UK, for anyone aged 16 and over, will increase from £82.50 to £88.50.

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Children under 16 will also see an increase in passport costs, with the price rising to £57.50 from £53.50.


Overseas and postal applications will also rise at a similar level, with postal increasing to £100 for adults and £69 for children, and an online overseas application rising to £101 for adults and £65.50 for children.

The new charges will officially be in place from tomorrow, Thursday April 11th.

Last year passport fees increased by around 9%, back in February 2023.

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The Home Office said in a statement: “The new fees will help ensure that income from these applications better meets the cost of delivering passport and associated operations, reducing reliance on funding from general taxation.


“The Government does not make any profit from the cost of passport applications.

“The fees contribute to the cost of processing passport applications, consular support overseas including for lost or stolen passports, and the cost of processing British citizens at UK borders.

“The increase will also help enable the Government to continue improving its services.”

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Passport fees to rise within weeks as Home Office confirms new prices

Things are getting more expensive, again…

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In bad news for holidaymakers, the cost of getting a new passport is set to rise once again.

The Home Office has confirmed that passport fees are set to rise by more than 7% next month, under new proposals.

This means the cost of online applications within the UK, for anyone aged 16 and over, will increase from £82.50 to £88.50.

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Children under 16 will also see an increase in passport costs, with the price rising to £57.50 from £53.50.


Overseas and postal applications will also rise at a similar level, with postal increasing to £100 for adults and £69 for children, and an online overseas application rising to £101 for adults and £65.50 for children.

While the changes are still subject to parliamentary approval, if passed they will be in place from April 11th.

Last year passport fees increased by around 9%, back in February 2023.

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The Home Office said in a statement: “The new fees will help ensure that income from these applications better meets the cost of delivering passport and associated operations, reducing reliance on funding from general taxation.


“The Government does not make any profit from the cost of passport applications.

“The fees contribute to the cost of processing passport applications, consular support overseas including for lost or stolen passports, and the cost of processing British citizens at UK borders.

“The increase will also help enable the Government to continue improving its services.”

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Wizz Air launch mystery holiday deal where you find out destination when you land

Enter the competition to win a ticket

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If you’re dreaming of catching a jet plane to just about anywhere, well Wizz Air have launched a holiday deal where the mystery location isn’t revealed until you land.

The Hungarian airline will take a plane full of holiday hopefuls from London Gatwick for a four-day mystery getaway as part of its #LetsGetLostwithWIZZ campaign.

Those who win a ticket to the unknown location, will turn up to London Gatwick on March 7th to board a Wizz Air flight for ‘four days of fun, including cultural, culinary and adventure activities’ – it could turn out to be the trip of a lifetime!

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To be in with a chance of winning a seat on the flight, UK residents can visit the Wizz Air’s Instagram page and follow the prompts on the Let’s Get Lost London pinned post.

“Entries close on February 22nd at 00.01am”, the low-cost airline says. 

The lucky chosen ones will be able to bring a plus one on the trip and winners will be contacted via Instagram.

In a post shared to its official Instagram page, the airline put: “It’s time to get onboard our latest venture to the unknown with Let’s Get Lost London, departing from London Gatwick to…

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“Do this by the 22nd February and you could be in with a chance of departing with us on an exciting flight to the unknown.

“The trip will take place between 7th – 10th March. Open to UK residents only, please make sure you’re following WIZZ on Instagram and that your profile is public.”

If you’re wondering whether you’ll need your bathing suit, suncream, hiking boots, rain coat or winter woollies, don’t worry, the 35 lucky winners will be told the climate to pack for a few days before the trip.

No other clues will be given away until touch down in the unknown destination.

UK Wizz Air Managing Director, Marion Geoffroy said: “We love connecting our passengers to new countries, allowing them to meet new people and try new experiences. 

“Going on a flight to an unknown destination is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we are pleased to be able to offer this to lucky winners here in the UK.

“Let’s Get Lost is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to our British passengers and we hope to continue serving them as they travel the world and make new memories.”

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Wizz Air flies to more than 70 destinations from the UK. Last year, the most popular destinations among Brits included Morocco, Cyprus, Greece, Turkey and Spain.

It is unclear whether the airline will jet the 35 lucky ticket holders and plus ones off to one of its more popular destination choices, or whether it will choose to take them somewhere a little more alternative and secluded.

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