Manchester Airport, is an international airport in Ringway, Manchester, England. In 2012 it was third busiest airport in the United Kingdom in terms of passenger numbers, and the 21st busiest airport in Europe. Manchester Airport is the largest outside the London region with over double the passengers of its nearest non-London rival, Edinburgh Airport. A Category 10 airport, Manchester Airport provides flights to over 200 destinations – more than any other airport in the United Kingdom. The airport comprises three terminals, a goods terminal and is the only British airport other than London Heathrow to operate two runways over 3,000 m (9,843 ft) in length. The airport covers an area of 1,440 acres (580 ha).
MANCHESTER AIRPORT HISTORY
Manchester Airport (earlier called Ringway Airport) started construction on 28 November 1935 and opened partly in June 1937 and completely on 25 June 1938, in Ringway parish north of Wilmslow. Its north border was Yewtree Lane (on this map, the lane between Firtree Farm and The Grange, east of the crossroads marked “Ringway”). Its southeast border was a little west of Altrincham Road (Styal) (the lane from Oversleyford running northeast then east into the Styal area.)
During World War II it was the base for RAF Ringway, and was important in military aircraft production and training parachutists. After World War II, the base reverted to a civilian airport, and gradually expanded to its present size. Historically, Manchester Airport has consistently been the busiest airport after London Heathrow for a number of decades following World War II.
In 1972 the M56 motorway opened to the airport. In 1993 the airport railway station opened. In 1997 to 2001 its second runway was built, causing large-scale protests in the area.
MANCHESTER AIRPORT LOCATION
MANCHESTER AIRPORT FACTS
Elevation: 257 ft.
Runway length available: 05R/23L 9997×150 ft. :: 05L/23R 10000×150 ft.