Runway Visitor Park’s Flight Academy programme returns for Christmas and February Half Term

  • Flight Academy sessions for 4-7yrs and 8-12yrs age groups give youngsters the chance to sit in the cockpit of a real plane and see the roles that keep the airport running in action
  • Dates have now been announced for the Christmas and February Half Term school holidays
  • Ticket for one adult and one child costs just £12 - for more information see

Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Park (RVP) has announced further dates for its Flight Academy programme throughout the school Christmas and February Half Term holidays.

Separate 90-minute sessions are run for children aged 4-7 and 8-12 years, giving children the chance to learn about the different job roles that help keep Manchester Airport in operation, from check-in to flight crew and the airfield team. Youngsters will also sit in the cockpit of a retired DC10 airliner and ‘take control’ of the flight deck. They then head outside to have a look at Manchester Airport’s runways, watch planes taking off and landing and see some of the various jobs that they’ve learnt about in action.

Tickets are only £12 for one adult and one child, and guests can benefit from a full day’s parking at the reduced rate of £5 – giving them the opportunity to witness the famous double-decker Airbus A380 taking off and landing, take in a tour of the Park’s retired airliners including the iconic Concorde, or try out the Flight Simulator. The Visitor Park also offers a sizeable play area and on-site café.

Newly-announced Flight Academy session dates:

Monday 19th December

Tuesday 20th December

Wednesday 21st December

Thursday 22nd December

Friday 23rd December

Tuesday 27th December

Wednesday 28th December

Friday 30th December

Tuesday 21st February

Wednesday 22nd February

Friday 24th February


Paul Emblow, manager of the Runway Visitor Park, said: “If you’re looking for something different to keep the family occupied over the Christmas holidays, our Flight Academy is a great choice. The Runway Visitor Park is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the North West and Flight Academy sessions tend to sell out fast, so if you are interested, I would encourage booking now to avoid disappointment.”

Guests can book tours and experiences online via the RVP’s website and are encouraged to visit the What’s On page for guidelines, terms, and conditions before booking.


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Notes to editors:

A great day out for all the family, the Runway Visitor Park is one of the North West's most popular outdoor attractions. Adjacent to the busy runways of Manchester Airport, the park’s raised viewing area means guests can stand literally just a few metres away from the planes as they go past.

The park is also home to a variety of retired planes, including the spectacular supersonic airliner, Concorde G-BOAC; and former RAF military spy plane, Nimrod. There’s also a DC-10, Avro RJX and a retro Trident airliner, offering a glimpse of what flying was like in the 1960s and 1970s.

In addition to a large picnic area, there is also the RVP coffee house, a play area and The Aviation Shop, which stocks a range of plane-related souvenirs, suitable for children through to the more serious aircraft enthusiasts. The Fly360 Flight Simulator gives budding pilots a chance to try their hand at flying an aircraft, offering an immersive experience unrivalled in the North West.