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Logistics firm DHL to move into Manchester's Airport City

Logistics company DHL is to occupy a major new facility at Manchester’s Airport City – becoming the first business to move into the Enterprise Zone development.

DHL says it has signed a pre-let agreement with Manchester Airports Group (MAG) for a 37,308 sq ft building at Airport City South, to help it meet the growing demand for its range of services.

The hub is adjacent to Manchester Airport’s existing cargo centre and Junction 6 of the M56 Motorway.

Airport City Manchester is an £800 million, 10-15-year development by MAG, which will transform Manchester Airport from a regional transport hub into an international destination in its own right.

The new centre will offer international services and provide the core DHL Service Point offerings of drop off and collection of goods for delivery overseas, with local businesses and residents benefitting from a parcel drop-off and pick-up point.

Phil Couchman, CEO of DHL Express, UK and Ireland, says: “Our investment in this state of the art facility is reflective of the demand for British-made goods overseas.”

John Atkins, MAG’s property director, says it was ‘fantastic news’ for the local area, regional economy and a kick-off point for Manchester Airport City.

The £100m Airport City logistics hub will create 1,800 jobs and provide a full range of air-to-road transfer, assembly and processing activities for freight and logistics businesses and part of five million square feet of new business space being created, adjacent to Manchester Airport.

MAG is also inviting concessions tenders at London Stansted as part of the £80 million transformation project of the main terminal and has released details of the opportunities available.

A wealth of new food and beverage opportunities to set up outlets in units at London’s third biggest airport, which handles 17mppa are up for grabs.

Michelle Madeley, head of retail for MAG, says: “Food and beverage is an essential part of any airport experience and the approach being taken at Stansted is certainly going to deliver something different to the London market.”

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