Plans to create a new business district next to Manchester Airport have been given the green light by Manchester City Council.

The £650 million development, dubbed Airport City Manchester, will include a host of new offices, industrial units and hotels, as well as retails and leisure facilities providing a significant boost to the area. Officials behind the plans stated that the creation of this site will help to make 11,400 positions available over the next ten to 15 years and will see the UK be home to the first 'aerotropolis' project. A number of these developments have been seen in mainland Europe with the likes of Frankfurt, Copenhagen and Amsterdam currently having similar facilities.

Officials behind the project have said that it will provide a major boost to the construction industry and local supply chains. It is hoped that it will bring in global business to the north-west as well as creating a hub for multi-national companies due to the easy access to one of the UK's biggest and busiest airports. The Airport City will be come the focal point of the Enterprise Zone in Greater Manchester and will encompass the University Hospital South Manchester and Wythenshawe.

John Adkins, director of the Manchester Airport Group Airport City director, said: "Manchester is already well-established as the global gateway for the north – Airport City will not only enhance this status, but also further the city's ambition to become a major European and global business city, by bringing a world-class commercial product that is sustainable and innovative to the UK for the first time."

It has been a busy recent few days for Manchester Airport, with the facility's owner Manchester Airport Group recently purchasing London's Stansted Airport for £1.5 billion. The move has been made possible as the port is let go by Heathrow Airport Holdings which will continue to own London's biggest airport, Southampton, Aberdeen and both Glasgow airports. Officials stated that they expect the Stansted deal to be completed over the next month.

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