DHL sign up for site in Manchester's £800m Airport City
Freight and distribution firm DHL has become the first business to agree a relocation to Manchester's £800m Airport City development.
The firm has signed a pre-let contract with Manchester Airport Group (MAG) for a 37,308 sq ft (3,466 sq metre) site which will create 150 jobs.
DHL will run a drop-off and pick-up service point for overseas deliveries.
MAG has earmarked the south of Airport City as a logistics hub for businesses including DHL.
'Reflective of demand'
The DHL Service Point would be near to Manchester Airport's existing cargo centre and junction 6 of the M56 motorway.
Phil Couchman, CEO of DHL Express UK and Ireland, said: "Our investment in this state of the art facility is reflective of the demand for British-made goods overseas."
Airport City will be developed around Manchester Airport over the next decade and will include offices, hotels, manufacturing firms, logistics and warehouses.
It is hoped that by attracting international businesses up to 16,000 jobs could be created.
Christian Spence, head of Business Intelligence at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: "The ability to easily move goods around the country and the world is critical in providing the arteries along which business and trade can flourish.
"Coupled with the existing infrastructure at the airport, this will provide world-class distribution opportunities for businesses in and around Greater Manchester," he added.
Chinese company Beijing Construction Engineering Group announced its decision to invest in the project last month.