New air traffic control tower for Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport
Image caption The air traffic control tower will be 60m high

A new air traffic control tower is to be built at Manchester Airport.

Airport officials said the 60m-high tower will be the second highest in the UK.

Tim McDermott, Manchester Airport's operations director, said that the new tower would be "a fantastic new addition to the Manchester skyline".

Building work on the new tower, which will be sited next to the north fire station, is expected to be completed by 2013.

The present 40-year-old air traffic control centre on top of the tower block will be reviewed as part of the renovating process.

It will have 360-degree panoramic views, offering views of the entire airfield.

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