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Manchester Airport welcomes 21 million passengers for first time in six years

Dr Rachel Brown with Martin Friend, of Singapore Airlines, and Manchester Airport's Nicola McMullen. Credit: Manchester Airport Group.

Manchester Airport, the UK’s third busiest airport, has hit the 21 million passenger mark for the first time since 2008.

The 21-millionth passenger was Singapore Airlines’ customer Dr Rachel Brown, from Warrington, who received several prizes when she arrived for her flight to Asia.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted to be Manchester Airport’s 21 millionth passenger and what an incredible start to my trip.”

Dr Brown was treated to an upgrade to business class and lounge access within an exclusively sectioned off area.

Busy times at Manchester Airport. Credit: PA

Ken O’Toole, Chief Commercial Officer of Manchester Airports Group (MAG), said: “Manchester airport is the Northern Gateway, providing global connectivity through our unrivalled network of short and long haul destinations.

"We continue to grow thanks to the strength of our catchment, the support of our airline partners and the continued hard work and dedication of all MAG colleagues.”

Over 9.3m passengers set to use the airport over the coming months as the busy summer season gets under way.

Air traffic controllers at work in Manchester Airport's tower. Credit: PA




AstraZeneca: 'no prospect' of deal before deadline

Pfizer and AstraZeneca packaging. Credit: PA Images

AstraZeneca Chairman Leif Johansson has said he now saw no prospect of a deal with Pfizer before a deadline of 26 May set under British takeover rules, or any likelihood of that deadline being extended, Reuters have reported.

More: Government continues to monitor AstraZeneca takeover


Miliband reiterates call for 'objective' Astra-Pfizer test

Labour leader Ed Miliband has reiterated his call for the Government to do an "objective test" on the impact of a potential takeover by Pfizer of AstraZeneca, despite the British firm's board rejecting the apparently final offer from the US drugs company.

Read: Is Pfizer's failed final bid the end of takeover saga?

Jobs created at Bentley headquarters in Crewe

Bentley's headquarters in Crewe Credit: PA

Luxury carmaker Bentley is creating over 140 jobs.

More than 50 apprentices will be taken on at the company's headquarters in Crewe, as well as 90 engineers.

Bentley is expanding its model range under an £800 million investment over three years.

The announcement follows a record year in 2013, when the company built more than 10,000 models, the highest in its 95-year history.


Cable 'keeping options open' about AstraZeneca future

Business Secretary Vince Cable has said he and the rest of the Government are "keeping our options open" after AstraZeneca's board rejected Pfizer's increased and apparently final offer of £69 billion.

Asked about the board's decision, Mr Cable said:

I'm not telling them what to do, they have clearly come to a firm view on the offer that has been put to them.

We will stay, as a Government, very firmly in a position of keeping our options open.

We have a clear view of the national interest in protecting research and development, jobs and manufacturing here, and we have sent out that message loud and clear.

Read: Is Pfizer's failed final bid the end of takeover saga?

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