UK hub gets government OK

MANCHESTER Airports Group (MAG) has received the green light for the development of a US$158m World Logistics Hub in the southern part of Greater Manchester’s Enterprise Zone at Manchester Airport.

Creating between 110,000 and 130,000 sq m of new cargo space, the proposed development is expected to generate more than 1,800 new jobs  over the next decade-and-a-half.

The development, which was first announced in August, has now received planning permission.

MAG’s Airport City Director, John Atkins, says: “We already have significant international interest in the scheme and today’s planning approval is a big step forward towards starting to deliver new employment opportunities for local people."

A spokesman says: “The North West of England currently produces approximately 60 per cent of the UK’s industrial output, a significant proportion of which is exported. 

“World Logistics Hub will seek to capitalise upon this output, combining with the Airport’s existing cargo facilities at the adjacent World Freight Terminal, to create a world-class logistics district.”

The hub is the second major air cargo development announced for the UK this year.

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