MANCHESTER Airport bosses have confirmed that a new boosted terminal, as part of the £1 billion ‘transformation programme’, is on track for completion in 2020.

The project boasts new expanded security and baggage facilities, and aims to make Terminal 2 the airport’s primary terminal building.

Programme chiefs announced they had hired the 80 of 150 apprentices as part of the scheme, with £132 million of work done by local firms.

It comes as the number of people currently working on the project reached more than 1,000, with 72 per cent from within a 35 mile radius.

This includes William Hare’s, from Bury, which fabricated the steelwork that has been used on the pier and terminal extension in a contract worth £28 million.

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham visited the site and met the latest apprentice on the programme.

He said: “Manchester Airport is a massive asset to our city region. The investment will further enhance Greater Manchester’s international credentials and make a major contribution to placing the city region at the heart of a prosperous Northern economy.

“What is great to see is that the project is also doing a huge amount to create employment for people from all backgrounds and providing training that will ensure it leaves a skills legacy for future generations.“The fact so many Greater Manchester businesses are working on the airport’s transformation, creating and sustaining jobs in the process, can only be good news for our economy.”

Rob Stewart, director on the project, added: "The project is having a hugely positive impact on the lives of people who are able to secure jobs on site and to many firms across Greater Manchester who are delivering aspects of the scheme.”