Manchester Airport proud to come out for Summer 2010

Manchester Airport has today announced its involvement with the UK’s first dedicated FM radio station for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, ‘Gaydio’, and also its participation in this year’s Manchester Pride parade for the first time in the airport’s history.

Andrew Cornish, Manchester Airport’s Managing Director, said: “We have a history of engaging with diverse communities across the region and internationally so today’s announcement of our involvement with Pride and also with Gaydio has been a long time coming. Diversity is what makes this city a fantastic place and is what encourages visitors to the region.

“We are a key contributor to local employment and a major sponsor of the arts and we actively support economic and cultural diversity in Manchester and the North West. Pride is such a well known event and attracts people from across the World so as the UK’s third largest airport we are very excited to be a part of this event, as well as engaging with LGBT listeners closer to home via this new, and set to become well known, radio station.”

Toby Whitehouse, Gaydio Station Director, said: “Air travel is so important to everyone’s life and to have such a well known organisation as Manchester Airport onboard at such an early stage of Gaydio is really fantastic. The travel requirements of LGB&T people can be quite specialist so we look forward to sharing our knowledge of this with the airport as one of our foundation partners.”

It will be the first time in the Airport’s 71 year history that they will be taking part in this year’s Pride parade. Members of staff and senior managers will be proudly making their way through the city centre on a float following this year’s theme of ‘Through the Decades’.

Manchester Airport has set up a committee team of staff members from across the site to take on the detailed planning and implementation of their float entry.

Daniel King, Customer Relations Manager, is heading up the committee, said: “We are pleased to announce that this year for the first time Manchester Airport will be taking part in the Pride 2010 Parade for what is expected to be a fantastic weekend. I don’t want to give away too much of what we will have on our float but prepare for the infamous chandeliers to make an appearance!”

The aims of the Manchester Pride Parade are to have fun, celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in Greater Manchester, the UK and overseas, and to raise awareness of the issues around HIV and Aids.

Jackie Crozier, Festival Director of Manchester Pride, said: "With over 100 entries each year, the Manchester Pride Parade is one of the highlights of the Big Weekend and we're absolutely delighted that Manchester Airport is going to be a part of that.

“As a premier gay pride event in Europe we attract an international following and, with its large route network, the airport is a key asset for us. Each entry has its own take on the parade theme and I'm particularly looking forward to seeing what ideas the airport has up its sleeve."

The Pride 2010 Parade will take place on Saturday 28th August and forms part of the “Big Weekend”, which is the culmination of the annual Pride celebrations in Manchester. The parade starts at 1pm on Saturday 28th August.

Gaydio will be the country’s first and only FM service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and launches today (18/06/10) on 88.4fm across Manchester and online at www.gaydio.co.uk.

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For more information please contact Manchester Airport press office on 0161 489 2700 or email press.office@manairport.co.uk

Published on: 24/06/2010 12:19:09