Plans for a £659m business park at Manchester Airport have been unveiled by George Osborne.

Airport news for Manchester,Travel on 16/01/2012.

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer said on Friday that the scheme would create some 13,000 and would offer top-notch facilities in the area and will attract international firms that would have not otherwise been interested in relocated to the area.

Called the Airport City, the facility will be the centre of the Manchester Enterprise Zone, the new 150-acre global business centre spearheaded by the airport’s operating firm, Manchester Airport’s Group (MAG). The site of the Airport City will be located just north of the M56 motorway and to the south of Wythenshawe.

Osborne said in a statement that among two dozen enterprise zones around the UK that the new Manchester facility would be the “most advanced” and “best developed”, noting that the project would prove to be good for the city of Manchester, for the North West and good for Britain overall.

Similarly, MAG’s managing director of Airport City, John Atkins, said in a statement that the facility would be modeled after similar endeavors in Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Barcelona, adding that Airport City would be the first of its kind in the UK.

MAG must now gain planning approval. The company intends to begin construction in the spring, according to officials.

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