Manchester Airport in the UK has opened a new pier connected to Terminal 2 (T2) as part of its £1bn transformation programme.
The new £216m pier will be used by all airlines currently operating out of T2, with more and more flights gradually moving over to the new pier once it becomes fully operational.
Manchester Airport CEO Andrew Cowan said: “Over the coming years we will transform the airport for all of our customers, giving the North the world-class airport it deserves.
“The investment we are making and the range of destinations we connect to, in all corners of the world, underlines the vital role Manchester Airport plays in creating jobs and driving growth across the North of England.
“Having first put a spade in the ground in July 2017, a huge amount of work has gone into getting our new pier and multi-storey car park ready to open today and I would like to thank all of our colleagues and delivery partners for their efforts.”
Built using more than 300 individual panes of glass, the pier is equipped with 11 gates and airbridges, and more than 1,400 seats.
The next phase of the £1bn transformation will involve the extension to the existing T2, which will more than double its size.
Manchester Airport noted that the £1bn investment will provide major improvements, including new security halls and the latest technological advancements.
Once the T2 extension opens next year, the existing building will close for modernisation, with reopening expected in 2022. Further piers are set to open in 2022 and 2024.
The opening of the new pier comes as Manchester Airport continues to see an increase in passenger numbers as it attracts further long-haul routes to Addis Ababa and Seattle.