Manchester City Council has given the green light to a £1 billion transformation programme for Manchester Airport.

The ten-year project will involve the expansion and reconfiguration of Terminal 2 to make it the airport’s primary terminal building. Work will also include the refurbishment of Terminal 3, construction of new and enlarged airside transfer facilities, and a US pre-clearance facility.

Other plans will include the incorporation of advanced technology in a new and enlarged security hall, new stands and piers, an improved surface access road system, new self-service check-in facilities, as well as about 50 food and beverage and retail outlets.

Manchester Airport transformation programme director Brad Miller said: "Everyone at Manchester Airport is delighted that a significant piece of our £1 billion transformation programme has been given planning consent.

"This means work can truly begin on the project, which over the next decade will see the airport continue to develop as a global gateway for the UK, directly to and from the North.

"The enhancements the project will make will enable us to further adapt, modernise and transform the customer service experience we are able to offer passengers and airlines. It will also allow Manchester Airport to continue in its role as job creator and economic provider for Greater Manchester and the wider region."