Sustainable Development Plan

Setting out the context for the growth and development of Manchester Airport

In the 2007 Master Plan we set out the context for the growth and the development of Manchester Airport. We identified the challenges, the opportunities and the actions that we need to take. The plan was reviewed in 2016 in accordance with the national Aviation Policy Framework.

The draft Sustainable Development Plan (SDP) sets out the strategic context for the long-term development of Manchester Airport. The SDP is an important document as the airport’s potential for growth is of enormous value to the whole country, but especially Northern Britain. Our key role in the economic prosperity of the north is to provide international connectivity to support increased trade and investment for the cities and regions that we serve.

Download the 2016 plan

The plan is in five parts. Click to download each one as a PDF.


Economy and Surface Access

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