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Manchester airport will be 70 years old on 25 June and will be celebrating with a series of events throughout the year.

The M Fest family day, a dinner for dignitaries and the completion of the new Concorde hangar are all planned during 2008.

Manchester Airport’s Managing Director Andrew Cornish said:

“Manchester Airport has a long and fascinating history and we’re proud to be celebrating our 70th anniversary.
“The airport has changed beyond recognition from those early days and we are constantly innovating and improving Manchester Airport to make sure that we give our passengers what they want..."

He went on to describe new developments at the airport including the refurbishment of Terminals 1 and 2, a new air traffic control tower and the new hangar for Concorde.

Manchester Airport opened in 1938 with two check-in desks, serving 12 destinations and 4,000 passengers in six months. During 2007 the airport flew to more than 220 destinations worldwide and handled over 22 million passengers.

The Manchester Radisson Hotel offers modern, luxury accommodation at Manchester airport. The hotel is connected by a covered walkway to the airport terminal. The hotel has excellent leisure facilities that include a swimming pool, gym, sauna, steam room.

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