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Manchester Airport, Manchester, England

June 9th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Manchester Airport (IATA: MAN, ICAO: EGCC) is a major airport in Manchester, UK. It opened to airline traffic in June 1938. It was initially known as Ringway Airport and during World War Two, as RAF Ringway. From 1975 until 1986, the title Manchester International Airport was used. It is located on the boundary between Cheshire and Manchester in the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester.

It has two parallel runways, three adjacent terminals, and a railway station. The airport is owned by the Manchester Airport Group which is controlled by a group of ten local authorities in the Greater Manchester area.

Manchester Airport has a CAA Public Use Aerodrome Licence (Number P712) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers and for flying instruction.

Manchester Airport was ranked as the 16th busiest world airport in 2004 (in terms of passengers carried on international flights). In total passengers handled, Manchester ranked 48th in the world in 2005, down from 45th in 2004. . Also, in 2006 Manchester had a recorded 229,729 aircraft movements, of which 213,100 were air transport movements (third highest in the UK).

The airport provides direct flights to over 200 destinations worldwide by over 95 airlines. Major North American carriers from Manchester include American, Continental, Delta and US Airways of the USA, and Air Transat and Zoom from Canada. UK operators serving the USA market are Virgin Atlantic Airways, BMI and British Airways. Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Pakistan, Qatar, Etihad and Mahan Air serve the Asian market. Charter airlines First Choice Airways, MyTravel, Thomas Cook and Thomsonfly use Manchester as their primary operational base. The airport serves as a secondary hub for FlyBE, Jet2, BMIbaby, XL Airways, Monarch Airlines, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways and Pakistan International Airlines. Several other British airline carriers have a strong presence.

Manchester Airport will have flights to more destinations than any other UK airport from summer 2007. It will offer flights to 225 destinations - with more direct routes than Heathrow and Gatwick. Heathrow offers 180 destinations, all scheduled, while Gatwick has about 200, although the two London airports handle more flights and passengers than Manchester). Many of Manchester's overseas routes are served by charter flights to holiday destinations, some being seasonal.

Manchester will also offer more destinations than some of the biggest airports in the US, including New York, Chicago and Dallas. It is still slightly behind the three biggest `hubs' in the global aviation network - Atlanta, Frankfurt and Amsterdam - which each offer more than 250 destinations, but Manchester serves more overseas destinations than any of these, although being much smaller in terms of total passengers handled.

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