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Man charged with smuggling heroin into Manchester Airport

A man has been charged with drug smuggling after Border Force officers at Manchester Airport seized heroin worth an estimated £280,000.

Muhammad Ashfaq, 42, appeared before Trafford Magistrates on Monday 10 February, charged with the importation of a Class A drug.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court on 3 March, 2014.

The discovery was made on Friday 7 February as officers inspected a mishandled bag that should have arrived the previous day on a flight from Islamabad.


Saudi Airlines return to Manchester with Jeddah route

Saudi Airlines, the national carrier for Saudi Arabia, has announced a return to Manchester Airport with a direct route between Manchester and Jeddah starting in March.

The airline last operated from Manchester in 2007 and Manchester Airport say the new Jeddah route is expected to attract a range of leisure and business passengers.

Manchester Airport welcomes largest commercial airfreighter

The B747-8 at Manchester Airport Credit: Manchester Airport Group

Manchester Airport welcomed the Boeing 747-8 Freighter (B747-8F) landed from Hong Kong this morning. The new aircraft will fly on a regular basis on the Manchester to Hong Kong route and is capable of carrying over 130 tonnes of cargo.

The aircraft was given a water cannon salute Credit: Manchester Airport Group

Manchester Airport: affected flights "minimal"

Manchester Airport says only a "handful of flights" were affected by today's nationwide air traffic control issues.

Some passengers were left stranded when a technical problem on an internal telephone system caused delays.

Manchester Airport was only minimally affected today following the Air Traffic Control issues.

Out of hundreds of air movements to and from the 200 plus destinations we serve, only a handful of flights were impacted upon.

Operations are back to normal with a few minor knock on effects.

As always, passenger safety is key.

For individual flight enquiries passengers should contact their airline or see our website.

– Manchester Airport spokesperson


Air Traffic Control issues hit Manchester

Manchester Airport says air traffic control issues are having an effect on services in the north west.

Flights have been delayed and cancelled at airports across the UK and Ireland because of a technical problem at an air traffic control centre in Hampshire.

"Due to an Air Traffic Control issue the whole country is facing air travel delays at the moment. At Manchester Airport we are currently facing minor delays but traffic is coming in and out. The safety of our passengers is always paramount so we will continue to liaise with Air Traffic Control until the issue is resolved. Passengers should check with their airline and on our website for individual flight information."

– Manchester Airport spokesperson

DHL to open hub at Airport City

An aerial view of the planned site Credit: Manchester Airport Group

Logistics firm DHL is to be the first business to open a facility at an Enterprise Zone development at Manchester Airport.

The company, part of Deutsche Post, has signed an agreement to build a logistics hub adjacent to the airport's existing cargo centre.

Chief executive Phil Couchman said: "Our investment in this state of the art facility is reflective of the demand for British-made goods overseas."

To find out more about the project go to

An artist's impression of Airport City Credit: Manchester Airport Group

Manchester MP welcomes Chinese investment

The MP for Manchester Withington, John Leech has welcomed the announcement of an £800 million investment in Manchester Airport.

The investment comes as part of the City Deal policy which invests in business and employment opportunities for large cities outside London.

This is great news for south Manchester and it is estimated will bring in 16,000 more jobs to the Manchester area.

This reaffirms the government’s commitment to job creation.

The airport city adds to the 60,000 new jobs HS2 will bring to the area and go even further in bridging the North-South divide.

Since 2010 the Liberal Democrats in Government have helped to create 1.4m new private sector jobs in the UK and aim to create a million more by 2015.

– John Leech MP for Manchester Withington
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