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6/25/1938: Manchester Airport Opens Its Gates

DALLAS – Today in Aviation marks the anniversary of the public opening of Manchester Airport (MAN) in Ringway, Manchester, England, in 1938.

At the time of its opening, MAN was called Ringway Airport, named after the parish it was located in. Two days after MAN’s inauguration, its first scheduled flight, operated by KLM (KL), took to the skies.

Control tower of Barton Airport, completed in 1930. Photo: Peel L&P.

Development (1928-1938)


In 1928, the Manchester City Council decided to establish a municipal airport at the chosen site in Barton. During the building period of the new aerodrome, authorities opened Wythenshawe read more ⇒

Source:: “Airways Magazine”

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