Manchester Airport has announced a wide-ranging programme of activity to celebrate its 80th birthday with passengers, communities and colleagues past and present.
The airport says its “oak” anniversary celebrations will emphasise its regional roots and global branches, telling the story of its evolution from a single wooden hut in 1938 to the UK’s third largest airport today.
Activity will take place either side of Manchester Airport’s official birthday, on June 25, and will also look forward to how the gateway will be transformed through the £1bn investment programme currently underway.
A key pillar of the 80th celebrations will be the airport’s central role in this year’s Manchester Day parade on June 17th. Manchester Day is an annual event that celebrates everything great about the city with this year’s theme being “The Word on the Street”.
The airport is the official partner for this year’s event, with a special interactive float being designed for the occasion. It will tell the story of the gateway’s development through the decades, as well as highlighting its current network of more than 220 different destinations around the globe – more than any other UK airport and 15th in the world by this measure.
Scores of airport colleagues will take part in the parade, dishing out a series of giveaways to members of the public joining in with the festivities.
The airport is also set to open up the archives and curate a special exhibition of artefacts from across the decades. These include old airline memorabilia, uniforms and antique luggage scales, some not being seen for many years. These will go on display at the airport’s Runway Visitor Park for its thousands of visitors to see, free of charge.
Also at the Runway Visitor Park the annual Aviation & Transport Festival will be celebrating all things 80 with classic cars and vehicles historic military transport and aviation exhibits on show on 30th June and 1st July.
Manchester Airport will also be partnering with airline KLM, who operated the first commercial flight on June 27, 1938, to Amsterdam via Doncaster. The Dutch national carrier is planning a range of activities to celebrate this milestone with its passengers.
The airport says it will also provide a range of activities for communities surrounding the airport as part of the celebrations and adds that there will also be a few high-profile surprises still to be announced in the coming weeks.