Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Park celebrates 10 years of Concorde

30th October 2013

Tomorrow, October 31, marks a decade of Concorde G-BOAC landing at Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Park.

Concorde touched down at Manchester Airport carrying British Airways VIPS for its last ever flight on October 31 2003. It went on public display in April 2004 at the already established Runway Visitor Park, joining the Avro RJX and Monarch DC-10 nose already on display. It was the first Concorde to go on display in the UK.

The Runway Visitor Park officially opened in May 1997 following relocation from the opposite side of the runway where the ‘Aviation Viewing Park’ had been established since 1992. When plans for the second runway came into force, the viewing park was relocated to its current spot on Sunbank Lane.

Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park Manager, Rob Pattinson said: “For several years, the Runway Visitor Park was simply a field next to the runway where enthusiasts could watch the planes coming and going however in 2002, planning permission was received to site aircrafts there as well as catering and other facilities including picnic tables, an aviation shop and a children’s play area.

“This summer saw the Runway Visitor Park cement its place in the top 10 most visited attractions in Greater Manchester, with over 330,000 visitors in 2012 so we’ve come a long way over the last decade and Concorde has and continues to be a huge part of that success.”

Concorde was on display outdoors until February 2009 when a specialist hangar was built to protect the iconic aircraft from the outdoor elements. The hangar was officially opened by British Airway’s Chief Executive at the time Willie Walsh in February 2009.

Members of the public can book tours of Concorde via the Runway Visitor Park which provides tour guides to talk through Concorde’s history and answer questions, a tour of underneath and on board Concorde, a boarding certificate and photo opportunities – you can even get a glass of bubbly with some tour packages.

The hangar is also available to hire out for private or corporate functions, including weddings, gala dinners and events.

More information about the Runway Visitor Park can be found here: http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/manweb.nsf/content/runwayvisitorpark

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For further information please contact the Manchester Airport press office on 0161 489 2700 or via email at press.office@manairport.co.uk.

Notes:

• Manchester Airport is the global gateway for the North of the UK and the largest airport outside London with over 200 destinations served by 65 airlines.
• Manchester’s long-haul catchment area places around 24 million people and 60% of all UK businesses within a two-hour drive time – it extends north through the Lake District into Scotland; east across Yorkshire and the North East; south to Birmingham and the Midlands; and west into Merseyside and Wales.
• Manchester Airport is part of MAG, the airport operator that serves 42 million passengers every year through its ownership and operation of Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports.

Published on: 30/10/2013 14:32:59