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Airlines back Manchester Airport tram plan

Airlines back Manchester Airport tram plan

Plans to run the Manchester Metrolink tram line to the city’s airport have been backed by members of the aviation industry.

British Airways, Manchester Airport, Alpha Airports, SSP UK Air, and VLM Airlines have all joined the business alliance United City.

The five companies employ almost 4,000 people at the airport and their decision to back the £2.7 billion Transport Innovation Fund (TIF) bid to extend the Metrolink south from the city to the site has been seen as a major boost for Manchester and the north west region.

Andrew Cornish, managing director of the airport, said: "Improving the way our passengers and staff access the airport is a key objective of our master plan to 2030 and TIF would enable us to reach our targets within the next five years.

"We want Manchester Airport to be one of the best connected and accessible airports in the world."

Meanwhile, the airport was recently named as one of the best airports in Europe by Airports Council International (AIC). The terminal took the top spot in the 10-25 million passenger category.

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