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Manchester is the regional capital of the north west of England, the UK’s largest economic region outside London. The region comprises some 2.5 million households, has a population of over six million and a GDP of £50 billion. The Greater Manchester conurbation is by far the most densely populated part of the region, with over 2.5 million people living in an area of 1,200 km2. Manchester stands at the heart of both the conurbation and the region. The city itself, having a population of around 430,000, is the largest of the ten Greater Manchester districts, but in a relatively small area of 117 km².
Manchester is a city of startling contrasts and significant challenges. It is the north west’s regional centre for finance, commerce, retail, culture and leisure, home to Manchester International airport and one of the largest student populations in Europe.
Manchester is transforming itself from an industrial city dependent on manufacturing to a thriving, modern, dynamic, international city.
Whilst manufacturing remains important, Manchester has attracted growth in the knowledge - based economy and is in the top ten of European cities for business location.
Manchester International Airport (MAN)
In operation since 1934, Manchester International airport is Britain's third largest. International flights began in the 1980s. Three terminals serve increasing amounts of air traffic and construction of a second runway was completed in late 2000.
Just ten miles outside of Manchester, access to the terminals is excellent from all major motorways, and public transport services from the surrounding boroughs are frequent and direct. Manchester's rail network also serves the airport, and services are regular and reliable. The new transport interchange will provide extra railway capacity and a new bus station. The aim is to further improve 'seamless' travel into the heart of the airport site via all modes of public transport.
Accessibility is one important factor which makes the airport one of the best in the world. Set in a major regional motorway interchange, on a national rail network, travel to the capital of the North West has never been easier. More information can found at Manchester International Airport's website . (external site)