Manchester airport plans 27 more shops and restaurants

An extended departure lounge and shopping area with 27 new shops and restaurants is planned as part of a £1.3 billion project at Manchester airport.

The plans for Terminal Two were revealed as the airport started a tender process for more than two dozen new units this month, with a view to announcing the successful applicants by next April.

The expanded retail and restaurant offering forms part of a second phase of transformation, which will see the original Terminal Two building remodelled and upgraded, in sync with a recently-opened extension.

The work is expected to be completed by 2025.

More than 80% of passengers are expected to travel through Terminal Two once the second phase is complete.

A food market serving a variety of world cuisines and quick eats will be created alongside a high street-style shopping area called The Avenue, including a champagne bar and premium brands, artisan cafes and a brasserie.

The airport is searching for retailers selling toys, fashion, accessories and travel essentials to take up units in the area to “showcase the best of the north”.

The first phase of the project saw a number of Manchester brands added to Terminal Two,

Airport retail director Richard Jackson said:“We are well aware that our guests’ holidays start at the airport and we want them to enjoy their time here – whether that means sipping craft beer brewed at the airport in a bar overlooking the airfield, or eating an artisan pizza. 

“We already have a great range of food and drink options in Terminal Two, with local brands which create a strong sense of place, but we’re looking to build on that with all-new offerings, including a champagne bar and a market hall style food court.

“We’re also seeking retail partners who will bring a high-class offering, tailored to the needs of the travelling public. 

“The first phase of the project saw some exciting brands come on board, but we’re now keen to build on that and provide a more varied and comprehensive retail experience to cater for the tastes of the millions of passengers who will pass through the terminal’s doors.”

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