DHL has become the first business to occupy a facility at Manchester’s Airport City, having signed a pre-let agreement with Manchester Airports Group (MAG) for the development of a 37,308 sq ft building at Airport City South.
Situated adjacent to Manchester Airport’s existing cargo centre, the new logistics hub is a £100 million development by MAG, which hopes to transform Manchester Airport from a regional transport hub to an international destination.
DHL will use the site for global operations, offering DHL Service Point services, such as the drop off and collection of goods for delivery overseas.
“Our investment in this facility is reflective of the demand for British-made goods overseas,” said chief executive officer of DHL Express, UK and Ireland, Phil Couchman.
“This operation will serve to enhance DHL’s competitive logistical performance. The location of the hub within the Enterprise Zone will support future export opportunities for small businesses in the region, allowing British businesses to get their product to international markets with even greater speed and reliability.”
MAG says the hub is set to create 1,800 jobs, by expanding Manchester Airport’s freight terminal to improve international trade, cut transit times, and drive more efficient supply chains.