Amazon could 'create 1,500 jobs' at Manchester Airport City

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Image caption Amazon currently has 10 warehouses across the UK

The online retailer Amazon could create about 1,500 jobs if it gets permission to build a warehouse near Manchester Airport.

The US firm has submitted a planning application to Manchester City Council for a site near the M56 motorway.

If approved, the warehouse will be built near a DHL logistics hub at the £800m Airport City development.

Jonathan Haigh, from Manchester Airports Group (MAG) Property, said the plan was a "major milestone".

He added it would provide the firm with "close access" to their supply chain, with a potential 22 million customers within a two-hour drive.

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Image caption The £800m Airport City development has two zones

Chancellor George Osborne announced plans for Airport City in 2012.

It was estimated the development, which has two zones, could create 13,000 jobs in retail, manufacturing, freight and logistics.

Amazon already has 10 warehouses across the UK, with Doncaster hosting the only site in northern England.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: "The news that Amazon is creating 1,500 jobs at Airport City is tremendous for Wythenshawe and Manchester as a whole."

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