Manchester Airport is set to develop and open its Airport City next year after being named as an Enterprise Zone by the government. The Manchester Airports Group (MAG) will be working with stakeholders and authorities to develop a region of businesses close to the airport. It is hoped the initiative will allow the city to compete for business with other destinations such as Barcelaon, Amsterdam and Dusseldorf. “This announcement represents a significant achievement for the Greater Manchester region and an exciting opportunity to move forward with the Airport City proposal so that we can realise the potential for creating over 7,000 jobs, while seeing additional revenues re-invested throughout Greater Manchester,” said Charlie Cornish, chief executive of MAG. “In partnership with our key stakeholders, we will be progressing the project straight away and looking to build on this opportunity for the region.” In its first phase, the land between the airport and Wythenshawe will be developed to offer space for the University Hospital of South Manchester’s Medipark initiative and the regeneration of the town centre. Plans are to be submitted at the end of this year, with work starting in 2012.