UK. Manchester Airport is to open a private terminal that will give commercial airline passengers a “private jet experience”.

The terminal will be called PremiAir and will be separate to the existing three terminals. Airport operator Manchester Airports Group (MAG) said its aim is to offer a premium service to a wide range of travellers, at prices starting at £50 (US$65).

MAG has released preview designs of the new terminal, which is set to open in mid-2019.

The PremiAir experience will be available to purchase for passengers irrespective of class of travel or the destination they are flying to, and a range of packages will be offered. It will be the first accessible private terminal option for passengers to use on a ‘pay as you use’ basis in the UK, MAG said.

The terminal will feature a lounge offering complimentary food and drink. Other services for departing passengers include a personalised welcome, speedy baggage processing and a dedicated security channel. Users will then be driven to their plane in a private car transfer.

Passengers arriving back into Manchester will also be able to use PremiAir, either as part of a round trip booking or as a standalone service. They will benefit from a car transfer direct from their plane and use of a dedicated passport control service. They will also be able to use the PremiAir lounge while their luggage is returned personally to them.

PremiAir is scheduled to open in mid-2019, MAG said.

How the PremiAir interior will look. Passengers will be able to access complimentary food and drink in the lounge.

“By introducing PremiAir, we’re offering something unique for all of our passengers, and creating a completely new way to travel,” said MAG CEO, Airport Services Andrew Harrison.

“It is something a large number of customers have been telling us for some time they would be interested in and we hope the services it will offer will appeal to a wide range of passengers, whether they are travelling for business, want to mark a special occasion or just want to add something different to their experience.

“The launch of PremiAir at Manchester Airport is the beginning of an exciting new project for MAG and we plan to assess opportunities to introduce it at other airport sites in the future. At MAG, we are always looking for new and innovative products to improve the passenger experience, and PremiAir is a significant addition to our portfolio.”

The PremiAir terminal has been designed by Jacobs. It utilises “natural materials, full height glass and visual connection to the airfield to offer the guest a warm, relaxing and personalised environment”, the company said.