Manchester Airport has revealed new plans for a new private terminal called PremiAir, which will offer a “private jet experience” for commercial passengers. The plans are separate from Manchester’s Super Terminal, which is under construction. The PremiAir terminal experience will cost passengers, regardless of class or airline, as little as £50, an affordable price for all types of passengers.

There will be a number of different services available depending on individual passengers’ needs, which are partially dependent on destination. Some might be flying long haul to the US or other megacities such as Dubai. Short hops around Europe will also be accommodated. Something that is a real surprise is that low cost airlines such as Ryanair and Easyjet, for example, will be allowed to use the PremiAr service, which will help expand the new sought-after experience.

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There will be a number of different services available depending on individual passengers’ needs, which are partially dependent on destination. Some might be flying long haul to the US or other megacities such as Dubai. Short hops around Europe will also be accommodated. Something that is a real surprise is that low cost airlines such as Ryanair and Easyjet, for example, will be allowed to use the PremiAr service, which will help expand the new sought-after experience.

PremiAir considers whether passengers are traveling on business trips or are simply families going on holiday who want to upgrade their experience.

PremiAir will be entirely separate from the three existing terminals at Manchester, including the new Super Terminal, which is due to open in 2020.

Passengers using the private PremiAir terminal will start their trip with a range of special services, including a personal greeting, quick baggage processing, a fancy lounge with complimentary snacks, and an exclusive security check. Then, passengers will be driven straight to their plane in a private car like royal families, celebrities, or high-profile athletes.

“Jacobs are absolutely delighted to have been given the chance to design and build the terminal as MAG has been given the contract by Manchester Airport to bring this exciting and unique new product to the market. We have worked hard with the Airport to create a simple yet elegant design, utilizing natural materials, full height glass and visual connection to the airfield to offer the guest a warm, relaxing, and personalized environment,” said Ross Powell, Director of Operations at Jacobs, the company that designed the terminal.

Passengers arriving at Manchester will be able to use PremiAir either as part of a one-way or a return trip. This gives passengers the chance to enjoy the private terminal both before and after their travels. Like departing passengers, new arrivals will be offered a car transfer directly from the plane to the terminal and a dedicated passport control for international passengers, which will cut security queues and waiting times for all. Passengers will also be able to relax in the PremiAir lounge while their luggage is returned personally by hand.

No other major airport in the UK, including Heathrow or Gatwick, offer a high-end similar ‘pay as you use’ terminal. Only First or Business Class passengers travelling with major airlines such as BA, Virgin, Emirates, or Cathay Pacific facilities available, and even these are reserved for exclusive passengers who can afford to pay high fees.

The new PremiAir terminal is distinctly away from the existing terminals 1, 2, and 3. It is a couple of minutes’ drive away from the M56 motorway, which leads to the main airport.

Construction work has been approved and is underway next to the Runway Visitor Park. The facility is due to open in mid-2019 and is expected to attract passengers from all backgrounds flying in all classes of travel.

Andrew Cowan, CEO of Manchester Airport, said, “It is an exciting period in the history of Manchester Airport, as we continue to add new routes and deliver the largest investment we have ever made in our facilities.

Andrew Harrison, CEO of Airport Services at MAG, said, “By introducing PremiAir, we’re offering something unique for all of our passengers, and creating a completely new way to travel. “Our £1bn transformation will give the North the international gateway it deserves, while connecting it to the best leisure and business destinations around the world.

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