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Interesting flights due soon:-

Tuesday 11th December

0725 ET728/9 D1805 B787

New service starts today from Ethiopian Airlines to Addis Ababa via Brussels. 4 x each week on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The first flight will park on stand 202 and will operate a “Promotion Flight”  departing at 10.30 returning at 12.20.

0508 HU7903 B-5971

0530 QR021 A7-ALL

0620 EY015 A6-BMC B787-10

0635 CX219 B-LXG

0700 EK021 A6-EVA

0715 UA081 N34131

0743 ET728 ET-AUO B787-9 D1805

0755 SQ052 9V-SMT

0800 LX390 HB-JCN A220

0845 SK2547 SE-DOZ

0855 TS292 C-GLAT

0903 AY1361 OH-LXH A320

0925 SK539 OY-KBL A321

1000 TP1316 CS-TTK

1015 TK1993 TC-JTE

1040 FI440 TF-ISV

1055 EK017 A6-EDS

1110 A3638 SX-DNC

1125 EW9346 D-ABQR

1135 SV123 HZ-ARB

1150 LH942 D-AIRO

1200 QR027 A7-BAY

1220 Aeroflot A330-300 D1500

1340 VY8748 EC-KRH

Wednesday 12th December

1130 TUI B737 MAX-8 delivery flight to MAN (G-TUMB)

Thursday 13th December

0710  HA-JEV Citation 650 D0915

Sunday 16th December

0725 ET728/9 B777-200LR (Type Change) Dep 1805

1100 OO-LMS Falcon 900 D1200



Scroll down to the Manchester Memories section for classic shots and stories from Manchester during the month of November and December in years gone by…including some more great shots of those memorable diversion days..


Photo’s from December 2018

Returning from its promotional flight over the North sea on 11th December. Ethiopian B787-9 ET-AUO captured on short finals to Runway 23 Right. Photo – Peter H.


Aeroflot A330-300 VQ-BNS is seen here on final approach to Runway 23 Right after positioning in from Moscow on Tuesday 11th December. The aircraft had been chartered by MUFC to take club officials out to Valencia for their Champions League game on Wednesday. Photo Peter H.

VQ-BNS SU A330-3 PH 11 DEC 18

Todays (10th December) type first visitor- Etihad  B787-10 A6-BMC is captured just after rotation on its first departure from runway 23 Left.

a6bmc 10 dev first visit type

Metro OY-NPD was an unusual visitor to the Signature Ramp on 10th December. Many thanks to Greg Mape.

Metro oy-npd greg Mape 10 dec

Sprint Air Saab 340 SP-KPG was a surprise visitor to MAN on 10th December – seen here on short finals to Runway 23 Right.


Thanks to Greg Mape for this great shot of Royal Flight S76 which was seen from the RVP Taxying onto the Signature ramp in typical Manchester weather on Monday 10th December.

GXXEB S76 32 Royal Sqn Greg Mape 10 Dec

Steve Ashworth was able to make the most of some changeable light conditions on Friday 7th December with some great shots of a Turkish B737-900 TC-JYP seen here departing off Runway 23 Right en route to Istanbul.


Icelandair replaced their B757-200 with one of their new B737 MAX-8’s (TF-ICE) on 7th December. Photo – With thanks to Steve Ashworth.

TF-ICE Thursday 6th December saw the first visit of British Airways A321N registration G-NEOR. Nicely captured in fading light from the RVP by Judie Tingle.


There is little doubt about todays (4th December) “Star Visitor” – Nigerian Air Force Alpha Jet 476 seen here on short finals to Runway 23 Right.


Seen taxiing out for departure following a night stop at MAN – Volotea A319 EC-MTE. With many thanks to James Fairbrother.

James F EC-MTE A319 4TH DEC

Hainan A330-300 B-6529 was nicely captured through the lens of Paul Rowland on 4th December as it left MAN en route to Beijing.

Paul Rowland B-6529 A333 4DEC

Icelandair B757-200 TF-FIR “50 years of Aviation” Livery was seen departing Runway 23R by Paul Rowland on 4th December 2018.


Emirates A380 A6-EOQ in the blue Dubai Expo 2020 was a smart early morning visitor to MAN on Tuesday 4th December. Photo – James Fairbrother.

4th Dec James Fairbrother

Winter is here folks! A bit of pre departure de icing for the EK Heavy on 4th December. Probably a bit warmer when she arrived in DXB? Many thanks to Stuart Prince for capturing the moment.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA A huge thanks to Tony Woof for sharing this brilliant “night” shot of the first Cathay Pacific A350-1000 arrival. B-LXE had just landed on its first flight in from Hong Kong and taxies in to Terminal 2. 1st December 2018.

Tony Woof

Another one of those “History in the making shots” as Mike Oldham catches the first A350-1000 (B-LXE) departure from a wet and dull Manchester on 1st December.

B-LXE Mike Oldham 1st Dec a

Many thanks to Paul Rowland for capturing the Qatar “One World” Livery B777-300 A7-BAA on its first visit to Manchester on Saturday 1st December.


Photo’s from November 2018

Thursday 29th November saw the arrival of A330-200 MRTT054 / EC-340. Seen here “in Primer” on short finals to 23 Right. The aircraft arrived at Manchester for work with Air Livery.


TUI operated their first B737 MAX-8 registration G-TUMA into Manchester on Thursday 29th November. It’s seen here arriving on short finals to Runway 23 Right following a flight (Tom9273) from Brussels.


Wednesday 28th November saw the departure of this KLM B777-300 PH-BVF which was photographed by Andy Davies from the top of the T1 Multi Story.


Our sincere compliments to Stuart Prince for his excellent work this morning in capturing the brand new B787-9 of Etihad A6-BLV (In special F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix livery) on its first visit to MAN but also its first revenue service. Seen here departing “back to base” at Abu Dhabi (Second revenue service!).


Stuart Prince was busy with his camera on the T1 Multi Story Car Park:- making it’s first visit to Manchester on Sunday 25th November was the Qatar Airways (One World Livery) A350 – 9  A7-ALZ. The aircraft is seen below having just landed from Doha on the QR027… en route to Terminal 2.


City Jet Sukhoi 100-95B EI-FWB was nicely captured departing Runway 05 Left to Brussels (operating the SN2174) on 24th November.

EI-FWB SU100 MAN241118

Bombardier Global 5000 N565RS departs Manchester’s runway 05 Left on Saturday 24th November


Looking splendid in the Autumn sun on Sunday 18th November…Thomas Cook’s A321 G-TCDL  about to depart to Lanzarote on Runway 05 Left wearing a hybrid Air Transat / Thomas Cook livery.

ATRANSAT A321 181118

A superb shot (seconds from touch down) of the ADB AN124 UR-82007 arriving from Milan on 05Left on Sunday 18th November.


And another classic showing the size of the AN124…


A beautiful shot of Jet Airways A330-200 VT-JWP departing to Mumbai from Runway 23R on Thursday 15th October.

vt-jwp 15 nov

A day light delivery flight (Just!) Spice Jet B737 MAX-8 VT-MXE became the 3rd Spice Jet aircraft to be delivered via MAN. Seen here on short finals to 23R on Wednesday 14th November.


Lufthansa’s new A320N D-AINN made it’s first visit to Manchester on Wednesday 14th November


An absolutely superb shot of Etihad B787-9 A6-BLT becoming airborne on Runway 23 Left on Saturday 10th November. With thanks to Kevin PhillipsA6-BLT 787 Etihad 101118 Kevin Phillips

Jet Airways A330-200 VT-JWV lines up for departure on 23L to Mumbai on Saturday 10th November.Photo Stuart Prince.


Emirates A380 A6-EOU in the Orange Expo 2020 colours strikes a nice pose on Saturday 10th November.Stuart Prince.


Manchester Route News

Air Canada (Rouge) have announced (091018) that they will operate a daily B767-300 service from Manchester to Toronto in Summer 2019.

BA City Flyer have announced a reduction in flights from Manchester for Summer 2019:-Manchester – Ibiza 16MAY19 – 29SEP19 Reduce from 5 to 1 weekly.Manchester – Malaga 18MAY19 – 28SEP19 Reduce from 2 to 1 weekly


Cathay Pacific

Will operate the A350-1000 XWB on their MAN scheduled service to Hong Kong from 1st December 2018 to 28th February 2019.

B-LXD A350-100

Coming to an airport near you soon!..Cathay’s new A350-1000 B-LXD seen on the recent TAS trip to Toulouse prior to delivery to Cathay Pacific in September 2018.

Easy Jet has  announced (9July) that it will be adding five new aircraft to its Manchester Base, carrying an extra 1.5m passengers annually and launching five new routes. The new destinations of Innsbruck, Lanzarote, Faro, Barcelona and Bordeaux – the 1000th for the airline are now on sale the new routes will commence from 2 November 2018.

On 9th August the airline announced that it would add  2 x weekly flights to Budapest from its Manchester base – commencing 5th November 2018.

Emirates airlines have announced that from December 2018 they will increases capacity on Dubai – Manchester route, as the airline schedules 2nd daily 2-class A380 operation. From 01DEC18, EK021/022 will see 2-class 615-seater A380 operating, instead of 3-class aircraft on daily basis. Apart from temporary reduction during Dubai International Airport runway maintenance project from 16APR19 to 30MAY19, EK021/022 will also see 2-class A380 continue operating during summer 2019 season, from 31MAR19.

EK021 DXB0255 – 0700MAN 388 D
EK017 DXB0715 – 1120MAN 388 D
EK019 DXB1440 – 1840MAN 388 D

EK022 MAN0845 – 1945DXB 388 D
EK018 MAN1310 – 0025+1DXB 388 D
EK020 MAN2035 – 0750+1DXB 388 D

EK017/018 will continue to operate in 3 class configuration (offering First Class)

ELAL announced on 5th November at the World Travel Market in London that they intend to resume (after a break of 17 years) scheduled services to / from Manchester.

From 26th May 2019 the airline will operate a 3 times per week B737-800 service. LY301 will arrive MAN from Tel Aviv (TLV) at 1140 hrs on Tues, Thurs and Sun and depart back to TLV as the LY302 at 1300 hrs. The flights are now open for bookings. An introductory fare is running for bookings made by November 26, with flights from £199 one way and £289 return in economy (both hand baggage only) and £929 return in business.

Michael Strassburger, El Al’s Vice President for Commercial and Industry Affairs, said:

“We’re extremely proud and excited to announce this much anticipated service to Manchester” “We’ve wanted to run this for many years now and connect to the Jewish community in Manchester – not just them, but everyone who wants to enjoy and experience Israel.”


Ethiopian Airlines have announced that they will commence services into Manchester to / from Addis Ababa  from 1st December 2018. A B787- 8 will operate the service 4 times per week and will initially route via Brussels. The aircraft is currently scheduled to arrive MAN at 06.55hrs and depart at 19.00hrs.Flight number  ET724 / 5.

Etihad have filed additional changes to its Abu Dhabi – Manchester route. Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft, scheduled from 10DEC18 to 31DEC18 as EY015/016, will be served on permanent basis starting 01FEB19, replacing 787-9.

At the launch of summer 2019 season from 31MAR19, B787-10 will continue to serve EY015/016, replacing previously filed 777-300ER. EY021/022 787-9 service, replacing 777-300ER.EY015/016 on Day 2 (Tuesday)  operates with 787-9 from 25JUN19 to 10SEP19.

QATAR Airways  Have announced (9th Oct) that they will be further increasing capacity on their Manchester services by introducing the B777-300ER onto the route (Doha) between 1st December 2018 and 30th March 2019.

Have brought forward the aircraft type changes to their scheduled service. Will now  introduce the A359 – 9 on the morning service from 1st October. QR 021 STA 07.00 hrs.

A7-ALL First visit (DEPARTURE) MAN 011018 Stuart Prince.jpg

From 22nd May 2019 the airline will operate 3 flights daily from MAN to Doha.

Ryanair announced 22nd November that they would be commencing a new twice weekly MAN- KIEV service from April 2019.

Saudia are to use B777-300ER on the Jeddah – MAN route for one month from 18th December 2018.

United are replacing the Boeing 757-200 on their Newark – MAN – Newark scheduled service as follows:-

30th March – 28th April 2019 – Boeing 767-300ER

22nd May – 25th October 2019 – Boeing 767-400 ER

Virgin Atlantic

Have adjusted their planned long-haul services from Manchester, for Winter 2018/19 season. The latest adjustment now sees the airline exclusively operating their B747-400 fleet between 28OCT18 and 30MAR19.

Virgin B7474 GVROM MAN 040718.jpg

Manchester – Atlanta Planned reduction from 4 to 3 weekly remains unchanged. All service operated by 747-400, instead of 2 weekly A330-300 and 1 weekly 747-400
VS109 MAN1020 – 1445ATL 744 146
VS110 ATL1800 – 0700+1MAN 744 146

Manchester – New York JFK Planned reduction from 5 to 3 weekly remains unchanged. All service operated by 747-400, instead of 2 weekly A330-300 and 1 weekly 747-400
VS127 MAN1035 – 1315JFK 744 357
VS128 JFK1930 – 0700+1MAN 744 357

Manchester – San Francisco (A330) will terminate at the end of the Summer Schedule (Oct 18)

The airline’s other long-haul service, Manchester – Bridgetown (Barbados) and Manchester – Orlando, is also scheduled with 747-400 operation in winter season. Additional changes remain likely

Airport News

Runway 2 (05R/23L) Operating times – Summer 2018


9th July to 28th October

Monday- Friday 06:15-20:00

Saturday 06:15-16:00

Sunday 06:15-09:30 and 13:00-20:00

All times are local

Commencing 00:01 Monday 29th October 2018 for the winter season.


Monday to Friday (inclusive)

Runway 05L/23R and 05R/23L will be in operation between 06:30hrs – 10:30hrs and 16:00hrs 20:00hrs.

Runway 05L/23R will be in operation as a single runway at all other times.


Runway 05L/23R and 05R/23L will be in operation between 06:30hrs – 10:30hrs. Runway 05L/23R will be in operation as a single runway at all other times.


Runway 05L/23R and 05R/23L will be in operation between 16:00hrs – 20:00hrs only. Runway 05L/23R will be in operation as a single runway at all other times.

Manchester Memories..

Frequently changing photo’s from TAS Members and narrative from  Peter Hampson featuring Manchester’s 80 year’s of operations will be published here ….This month…December and November through the years…


Oh just look what visited Manchester 40 years ago today (5th December 1978). Only a Singapore / BA Concorde . G-BOAD. Port side in Singapore Airlines Livery and starboard in British Airways. You may well ask of course what happened to Alpha Delta?  In fact this particular Concorde spent more time in the air than any other accumulating a grand total of 23,397 flying hours. However, it is now resting on Pier 86 at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. New York. A nice way to start our December month of Manchester Memories…

G-BOAD (05.12.1978) (2)

A classic shot from the Southbay looking from underneath one classic aeroplane into the future and Supersonic travel. Or so we thought? 40 years ago…5th December 1978.Peter H

G-BOAD (05.12.1978) (3)

Always good to see a Vc10 in Manchester. XV108 . A boys in blue divert from Brize is seen here at the end of Pier B on 4th December 1971. I think the BEA steps and vehicle add to the picture. Bob Thorpe.

VC-10 XV108 (04.12.1971) a

One for those younger people who hear us oldies complaining about diversion days “not being the same”…and so your honour I ask you look at this evidence from 14th December 1991…I rest my case….Photo Peter H

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Another Concorde? Alpha Alpha pays us a visit on 23rd December 1976.Peter H

G-BOAA (23.12.1976)

Oh the end of Pier B (T1) has seen some classic aircraft in its day. This one an IAS Cargo CL 44 G-BCWJ on 14th December 1976

CL-44 G-BCWJ (14.12.1976)

Military at MAN? A bit of an “arty shot” on the old freight apron. Canadian Air Force Herc and French Air Force Noratlas.That wouldn’t be a couple of Boeings on Runway 28 would it? 15th December 1980.Peter H

C-130 130327 & Noratlas 110 (15.12.1980)

A shot that doesn’t really need any commentary except to say…aah I remember it well.3 TWA Beautiful Boeings in a row. Classic Heathrow diversion day – 16th December 1975.Peter H

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3 Super Vc10’s in a row on Pier B – 19th December 1977.Peter H


OK, so you now know I’m rather partial to Boeing 707’s. Goes back to childhood memories on the top of Pier B I guess? The sound,the smell and what big aircraft they were…no excuses for this one then – 31st December 1978. Peter H

G-BCAL & G-AYSL (31-12-1978)

Another December Diversion day… 15th December 1975 and a Gulf Air Vc10 A40-VK is parked up on Pier B with a selection of Boeings to the rear. Peter H

A4O-VK (15-12-1975) (3)

Where’s those steps BA? One for you Mark Nutter.. A LOT TU 134A SP-LHE has just positioned into Manchester’s famous South Bay – 23rd December 1976. Peter H

SP-LHE (23-12-1976)a

Who says Icelendair are new to Manchester?.Boeing 727 TF-FIE seen here on Pier B – 5th December 1978.Peter H

TF-FIE (05-12-1978a

Another one of those shots from Peter’s office window I’m afraid. My wife worked for Air Europe at the time so that’s probably why I took the photo??? 11th December 1984…Peter H

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A threesome of beautiful tri jets on Pier B. 8th December 1981 and those diversions keep coming. Air Florida operated charter flights from Gatwick and Manchester to Miami with this Dc10 (N1035F) although the PAM AM Tri stars were rare birds into MAN. The third in the row, just creeping into the picture is one of Freddies finest. Peter H

N1035F & N503PA (08-12-1981)

Many thanks to Mike Oldham for submitting this rare photo of an Okada Air(Nigeria) B727-200 5N-EDE.The aircraft arrived for maintenance with FLS under cover of darkness and left on one of the wettest days of the year in December 1994.

okada b727 mike Oldham dec 1994


We start this month with a Heathrow diversion (It is November after all) in the shape of a Boeing 707 of Malaysian Singapore Airlines. Yes these were the days when they were one. Captured here by Bob Thorpe parked on a self manoeuvring stand on Pier B a mere 47 years ago..4th November 1971.

9M-AOT (04-11-1971)

This was one of those nice stories that you get involved with and it starts to run…I remember picking up the phone one day and it was the OPS Staff from ORBIS the Flying Eye Hospital who were looking for an Airfield in the UK to park up their DC10 N220AU “Flying Eye Hospital” for a week or so (as a freebie).

At the time we had plenty of space available and as it was a very good cause I said yes.

Next thing I know the phone was ringing again…from first the BBC then Man United and  then the Manchester Eye Hospital all of whom wanted to visit the aircraft. The aircraft was all kitted out with operating theatres on board and spent most of its time travelling to the worlds “hot spots” helping those in need with eye problems. Whilst in Manchester it had been decided to make the most of the opportunity and do some promotional awareness filming and fund raising…Before I knew it I was meeting Sir Bobby Charlton no less and the various eye surgeons for a trip on board. All happened on 16th November 1996…22 years ago.. Photo Peter H

DC-10 N220AU (16.11.1996)

Hapag – Lloyd BAC 1-11 D-AMOR  was a visitor to a wet Manchester in November 1979.Peter H

1-11 D-AMOR (November 1979).jpg

Boeing 707F OD-AFX in the distinctive colours of TMA was one of several Heathrow diverts into Manchester on 27th November 1978 (40 years ago!) Peter H

B.707 OD-AFX (27.11.1978)

A Whispering Giant (Bristol Britannia) 9Q-CDT of Katale Aero Transport is captured on a very wet November 1980 day. Parked on “Faireys apron” behind the Fire Station. This particular aircraft first flew in September 1959 and joined the RAF as XM498. It also saw operations with Young Air Cargo (Belgium) and Liberia World Cargo before  joining the Katale fleet in Zaire (now Congo). The aircraft was finally broken up at Kinshasa N’Djili airport in January 1992.Photo Bob Thorpe.

9Q-CDT (November 1980)


A classic shot from 21st November 1960 where Inter Ocean Airways Dc4 LX-IAL is getting ready for departure from the original Terminal building (about to be replaced).Photo -Manchester Airport Archive.

RINGWAY 1960 - DC-4 LX-IAL (21st November) a(3)

Aaah yes, one of those memorable diversion days. 11th November 1978. US Navy C9A serial 160049 had actually arrived as a Mildenhall diversion on the evening of the 10th.But fortunately was caught posing on the Domestic Pier in front of the Tower the following day. Peter H

160049 (11-11-1978) (2)

Iberia “Stretched” Dc8-63 EC-BMZ looks the part on Pier B. Taken by Peter H on 4th November 1981.This particular aircraft was sold on to Arrow Air (USA) and converted to a Freighter. It was finally withdrawn from use and broken up at Opa Locka (Miami) in May 2012…44 years after its first flight!

EC-BMZ (04-11-1981)

East German airline Interflug was always something of a rarity in Manchester. However, when news broke of an Interfug IL18 coming in I think its fair to say that it was very rare and brought enthusiasts to the airport from far and wide. The visit of IL18 DDR-STC on 25th November 1982 was no exception. Peter H.

DDR-STC (25.11.1982)

Air Bridge Carriers Argosy G-BEOZ stands proud in Southbay whilst enjoying some late afternoon Manchester sun.November 1977 . Peter H

Argosy G-BEOZ (November 1977)

6th November 1974 and Trans International Dc10 N102TV is looking a little lonely on a wet Stand 23 Pier C. Peter H.

N102TV (06-11-1974) (1)a

30 years ago …16th November 1988 and its what became known as “The Baghdad Bomber” pays us a visit. IL76MD  – YI-ANL in  “Iraqi Air Force  colours…..The aircraft was only a few months old when it visited MAN. (First flew in June 88) . She mysteriously “escaped” from the war in Iraq and found herself in Iran where after a period of being impounded was “acquired” by the Iranian Air Force. The aircraft was reported as being written off in Iran just a few years later.. .Photo – Peter H

YI-ANL (16.11.1988) (2)

40years ago… 11th November 1978 produced the first and last visit of Air Malawi Vc10 registration 7Q-YKH.The aircraft arrived from Nairobi having diverted in from Gatwick and certainly produced a smile or two from the local spotters at the time! Photo Peter H.

7Q-YKH (11-11-1978)

World Airways DC8-63 N805WA looks splendid at the end of Pier C on 3rd November 1978.Peter Hampson.

DC-8 N805WA (03.11.1978)a.jpg

3rd November 1977 TAP B727-100 CS-TBQ on Stand 2 Pier B. The burnt fuel marks on the tail tell a story of the times.

B.727 CS-TBQ (03.11.1977).jpg

The French Navy called into Manchester from Dublin with their Dakota No84 on 24th November 1988. The crew descended on the staff canteen for a Bacon Butty whilst Shell topped her up for her next journey to Berlin. Shame about the weather…but that’s Manchester!….Peter H

84 (24.11.1978) french navy dc3 fdub to berlin

Now here’s an unusual visitor to Manchester…22nd November 1988 saw Venezuelan Air Force C130 “3556” parked on the old freight apron. It called in with no fewer than 5 tails from Venezuelan AF Canberra’s for work at Salmesbury. A more regular C130 of the Royal Saudi Air Force (under the starboard wing) is seen parked in the South bay….aah those were the days! Photo Peter H.

3556 (23.11.1978)

Nor – Fly’s Convair 440 “Metropolitan” LN-KLK resting in the Southbay on 23rd November 1976.The aircraft first flew in October 1956 and is currently preserved in the Fly Historic Museum, Stavanger, Norway. Photo Peter H

LN-KLK (23-11-1976)

A November 1965 classic shot taken from the roof terrace of  Pier B. BEA Trident 1C “Papa Alpha” with two BEA Vanguards and a Viscount on Pier A in the back ground. Photo Bob Thorpe.

G-ARPA (26.11.1965)


This site is usually updated several times each day. Whilst every effort is made to provide the correct information, on occasions aircraft changes are made due to tech / operational reasons. In such circumstances the aircraft which were originally scheduled for a flight are changed. Notification of these changes are not always promulgated to all of our information sources prior to the aircraft’s arrival.

The MAN LOGs section of this web site provides a good guide to what actually visits. However, the most comprehensive coverage of all Manchester movements can be found in the TAS monthly magazine “Winged Words”.  


With thanks to:- TAS Members Blog Site, Alpha Five Facebook, NATS, Manchester Airport (MAN-EGCC), NWAN, Ringway Publications,MAN Spotters2,Man Handling Agents,FR24.

A word or two from Peter H…

I sincerely hope you don’t mind me sharing just some of my memories and reflecting back at a tremendous period at Manchester Airport. I was fortunate to be employed by the Airport for 30 years between 1974 to 2004 where I worked in various roles from Tea boy to General Manager!.

Whilst in the Seventies and Eighties I was able to take many photos primarily when I became a Duty Manager (radio call sign “OPS 3”) Ooh for those glorious days of trouble shooting, inspecting the airfield, organising snow clearing and yes facilitating diversions. However, as I climbed the management ladder in the nineties and noughties the photo opportunities obviously diminished and I became restricted to a desk,computer and of course those endless meetings!.

My interest in aviation started in the mid sixties and has remained with me ever since….I left the airport to establish an aviation consultancy and training company which enabled me to enhance my knowledge and experience working at many different airports throughout the globe. Now, in “semi” retirement I look back with very fond memories of Manchester. Being born and bred here it’s a place I’m proud to call home.

We welcome current photos for publication on this site and in the TAS Magazine – Winged Words. Please send all contributions to the e mail below with your name and information about the photo. Thank you!

Peter Hampson (Peter H)

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