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					Salford Infrastructure Delivery Plan – January 2011


                                 Airports
1. What we have

City Airport

1.1   Salford has a small business and general aviation airport located in
      Barton, just 5 miles from Manchester City Centre. Barton Aerodrome
      (which has since been renamed City Airport) officially opened in
      January 1930 and was the first municipal airport in England.

1.2   The map below shows the location of City Airport.




1.3   The airport was owned by Manchester City Council until 2003 when
      Manchester Ship Canal Developments (which is a joint venture
      between Peel and Manchester City Council) purchased the land,
      hangars and other buildings. The airport is now run and managed by
      City Airport Ltd, which is part of the Peel Group of companies.

1.4   The airport plays an important role in serving business, recreational,
      training and emergency service needs. In recent years, the airport has
      averaged between 45,000 and 65,000 aircraft movements each year
      which equates to between 15,000 and 25,000 actual flights. As well,
      the airport is home to the Greater Manchester Police helicopter and
      the North West Air Ambulance’s second helicopter.




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1.5    The airfield operates seven days a week, from 9am or 8:15am
       depending on the time of year until 8pm or sunset for fixed wing
       aircraft.1 Commercial, military, police and air ambulance helicopters
       can operate during the hours of darkness by arrangement, as the
       airfield can be equipped with portable runway lighting.2

1.6    City Airport is also of great heritage interest. The airport has changed
       relatively little since its opening and is considered a good example of
       the airfields in the 1930s. During World War II, Barton was
       requisitioned and used for military aircraft repair and overhaul. The
       original grass runways survive and three of the buildings on the site
       hold Grade II listed status – the control tower, the main hangar and
       workshops, and the office (terminal building). In 2006, the control tower
       underwent a major programme of rebuilding and refurbishment.

Manchester Airport

1.7    Salford benefits from its close proximity to Manchester Airport the
       primary international gateway into the North of England. This lies
       approximately 10 miles to the south of the city boundary, and 8.6 miles
       south west of Manchester City Centre. Manchester Airport is part of the
       Manchester Airports Group Plc (MAG) owned by the ten local
       authorities of Greater Manchester with Manchester City Council owning
       55% and the other authorities 5% each.3

1.8    Manchester Airport is one of the busiest airports in the country outside
       of London in terms of passenger numbers. In 2008, over 21 million
       passengers travelled in and out of Manchester Airport4, and by 2015
       this is expected to increase to approximately 32 million passengers a
       year.5 The airport has 3 terminals, 2 runways and flies to over 180
       destinations worldwide.

1.9    Manchester Airport has produced a masterplan6 which sets the context
       for the growth and the development of the Airport to 2030. Whilst
       Manchester Airport is planning for significant growth in passenger and
       freight traffic, the masterplan states that they intend to do this with
       relatively modest additions to the operational area, and no 3rd runway
       or major new terminal.7 The existing three passenger terminals will be
       improved and expanded.


1

http://www.cityairportltd.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid
=9&cntnt01origid=15&cntnt01returnid=96 – viewed 4th may 2010
2
  http://www.airports-worldwide.com/uk/uk_manchester_barton.htm - viewed 4th May
2010
3
  http://www.ukaccs.info/manchester/profile.htm - viewed 14 June 2010
4
  http://www.ukaccs.info/profiles.htm - viewed 02 June 2010
5
  http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/ - viewed 02 June 2010
6
  Manchester Airport Masterplan to 2030
7
  Manchester Airport Masterplan to 2030, p.51


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        1.10   The map below shows the location of Manchester Airport and its proximity to Salford.




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2. Investment Programmes

Expansion of general and business aviation activity at City Airport


2.1    Planning Policy Guidance 138 highlights that general aviation activities
       are increasingly restricted from larger airports such as Manchester
       Airport, and as such the role of City Airport for general and business
       aviation is likely to become more important in the future. General
       aviation covers a large range of activities, both commercial and
       non-commercial, for example private flying, air ambulance, police
       aircraft, aerial firefighting, gliding, flying training, helicopter charter and
       aerial support for media, service and utility industries.

2.2    Peel Airports has expressed an interest in expanding general and
       business aviation activity at City Airport in the future.9 There are no
       specific proposals or timescales for this expansion at present.

2.3    Peel’s Ocean Gateway document 10 explains that with the airport being
       closer to Manchester City Centre than Manchester Airport, and with the
       rise in executives using business jets and helicopters, City Airport
       provides a real opportunity to add value to the business community and
       local economy.

2.4    It will be important to ensure that any enhanced role of the airport for
       general business and aviation is balanced against its heritage value.
       The city council is currently considering designating City Airport as a
       conservation area and is in the process of preparing a
       conservation area appraisal to consider the historic merits of the site.




8
  Planning Policy Guidance 13: Transport, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, March
2001
9
  Ocean Gateway, Peel, 2008
10
   Ocean Gateway, Peel, 2008, p.41


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3. Summary table of Airport Investment Programmes
Key

What + Where – Nature of scheme and where it is
When – Time scale for scheme
Why – Reasons why the scheme is needed
Lead delivery organisation – Organisation to deliver the scheme
Management organisations – Organisation to manage the scheme after it is built
Cost – Total cost of the scheme
Sources of funding – Who will fund the scheme
Any dependencies/specific requirements – Is the delivery of the scheme dependent on anything else happening e.g. land
acquisition, delivery of another scheme
Status of proposal – How committed is the scheme, is it a priority, is there funding agreed?

 What + Where        When     Why                         Lead delivery/       Cost   Sources   Any             Status of Proposal
                                                          management                  of        Dependencies/
                                                          organisation                Funding   specific
                                                                                                requirements
 Expansion of        unsure   -Bring wider benefits in    Peel                                  Subject to      City Airport owners, Peel has
 general and                  relation to businesses                                            planning        expressed an interest in expanding
 business aviation            and economic growth                                               permission      activity in the future. There are no
 activity at City             -Attract additional users                                                         specific proposals and these would be
 Airport.                     -General aviation                                                                 subject to planning permission.
                              activities will become                                                            City Airport is identified as a project
                              increasingly restricted                                                           within Peel’s Ocean Gateway
                              from larger airports such                                                         initiative.
                              as Manchester Airport




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Glossary

Ocean Gateway
This was produced by Peel Holdings in 2008 and sets out the Ocean Gateway
vision and provides detail on the projects involved.

Manchester Airport Masterplan to 2030
This Masterplan sets out the context for the growth and development of
Manchester Airport and identifies the challenges, the opportunities and the
actions that need to be taken.

Planning Policy Guidance 13: Transport
This was produced by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in March
2001and sets out the objectives to integrate planning and transport at the
national, regional, strategic and local level.




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