History of MAN

A brief history of Manchester Airport

1938 – Airport Officially Opened and was originally known as Ringway Airport.

KLM was the first airline to operate from the airport. The first international flight was to Amsterdam-Schiphol.

1939-45 - On 1st September, the last scheduled aeroplane flew before the outbreak of WWII. The airport became a hub of wartime engineering activity as an aircraft manufacturing centre for Fairey Aviation and Avro, and acted as a training centre for more than 60,000 parachutists. Runway and airport facilities enhanced with three new runways and ten new hangars.

1940 – The Luftwaffe attacked the airfield but caused no casualties or damage other than to the airfield surface.

1941 - Winston Churchill visited Ringway to inspect trainees and watch a mass air drop and a formation landing of five gliders.

1943 – More than 1500 men and women were based at RAF Ringway for both training and permanent postings.

1946 - Peacetime passenger services began.

1946 – Air France began operating from Manchester and is now the airport’s longest continuous airline, celebrating its 70th anniversary in June 2016.

1952 - The airport commenced 24-hour operations, handling 163,000 passengers every year.

1953 – Gained true intercontinental status with the introduction of Sabena Belgian World Airlines’ ‘Manchester Premier’ service to New York, followed by BOAC’s Manchester to New York service.

1954 - Airport recorded its millionth passenger since WWII.

1962 - Terminal 1 was opened by the Duke of Edinburgh.

1963 - BOAC introduced the first transatlantic air flight to originate at Manchester, beginning a thrice weekly Boeing 707 service to New York via Prestwick.

1969 – Runway was extended to 2,745 metres, allowing aircraft to take off with a full payload and fly non-stop to Canada.

1971 - Reached a milestone of handling over two million passengers in one year.

1975 – Officially renamed Manchester International Airport.

1987 - Passenger numbers grew further as one million passengers a month was reached for the first time.

1988 - Manchester Airport celebrates its Golden Jubilee.

1989 - Terminal A, now part of Terminal 3, was opened by Diana Princess of Wales.

1993 - Terminal 2 was opened by the Duke of Edinburgh.

1993 – New railway station opened, providing direct links to towns and cities in the North of England.

2001 - Runway 2 was officially opened by Tony Blair. Manchester is still the only airport outside of London with two full length runways.

2001 - Manchester Airport completes the purchase of East Midlands and Bournemouth Airport to become the second largest airport operator in the UK.

2003 - On October 31, the Concorde aircraft G-BOAC was retired to Manchester

2006 - Lufthansa celebrates 50 years of flights from Manchester Airport.

2006 – The Escape Lounge concept was launched in Terminal 2.

2010 – Manchester welcomed the A380, the world’s biggest aircraft that now operates 3 daily flights between Manchester and Dubai.

2013 - Manchester Airport celebrated its 75th birthday.

2013 – MAG purchased London Stansted and became the UK’s largest airport operator.

2013 – Manchester Airport’s new control tower opened.

2013 – Airport City Manchester was granted planning approval.

2014 – Cathay Pacific launched a four times a week direct service from Manchester to Hong Kong.

2014 – Manchester Airport Metrolink route launched.

2015 – Manchester Airport unveiled a 10 year transformation programme: MAN-TP.

2015 - Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Manchester Airport with David Cameron.

2016 - A range of new routes launched in 2016, including significant long haul destinations that can only be flown directly from Manchester and London. These include Hainan Airlines’ direct service to Beijing, Thomas Cook Airlines' new routes to Boston and Los Angeles, and Singapore Airlines’ new direct flights to Houston.

2016 - Air France celebrated its 70th anniversary flying from Manchester in June, confirming its position as the airport’s longest serving airline.

2016 - Virgin Atlantic celebrated 20 years flying from Manchester in July

2016 – Manchester Airport experienced its busiest ever Christmas period, with 22% year on year growth.

2017 – Virgin Atlantic and Thomas Cook Airlines launch flights to San Francisco

2017 – Work commences on the Manchester Airport Transformation Programme

2017 – Airport celebrates its busiest day with more than 107,000 passengers passing through the three terminals