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Blackpool plane emergency passengers told to evacuate

Neil Holt was on the Jet 2 flight returning to Blackpool from Alicante. He was with his partner Nicola and their two year old daughter Olivia. He says the emergency became obvious on landing when they spotted smoke coming from the wheels.

The plane landed very fast and the pilot hit the brakes hard, we could see smoke coming from the tyres. The fire brigade arrived and we sat for fifteen minutes before the pilot told us to evacuate, evacuate. We had to slide down the emergency chute it was chaos as everyone rushed to get off.

– Neil Holt, holidaymaker from Blackpool

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International Festival in Liverpool means £1.7 Billion of business

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Liverpool means business Credit: PA

A ground breaking international business festival attracting more than £1.7 Billion comes to Liverpool and Wirral today.

The 7 week International Festival for Business is the largest global concentration of business events this year and will attract thousands of business delegates.

It's described as a once in a lifetime business experience and is part of the Government's effort to 'rebalance the economy and achieve its export and investment objectives.'

There are more than 300 business-focused events which its hoped will encourage vital international and domestic networking.

There's also an extensive cultural programme to entertain delegates and visitors during their stay in Liverpool.

Manchester Airport welcomes 21 million passengers for first time in six years

Dr Rachel Brown with Martin Friend, of Singapore Airlines, and Manchester Airport's Nicola McMullen. Credit: Manchester Airport Group.

Manchester Airport, the UK’s third busiest airport, has hit the 21 million passenger mark for the first time since 2008.

The 21-millionth passenger was Singapore Airlines’ customer Dr Rachel Brown, from Warrington, who received several prizes when she arrived for her flight to Asia.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted to be Manchester Airport’s 21 millionth passenger and what an incredible start to my trip.”

Dr Brown was treated to an upgrade to business class and lounge access within an exclusively sectioned off area.

Busy times at Manchester Airport. Credit: PA

Ken O’Toole, Chief Commercial Officer of Manchester Airports Group (MAG), said: “Manchester airport is the Northern Gateway, providing global connectivity through our unrivalled network of short and long haul destinations.

"We continue to grow thanks to the strength of our catchment, the support of our airline partners and the continued hard work and dedication of all MAG colleagues.”

Over 9.3m passengers set to use the airport over the coming months as the busy summer season gets under way.

Air traffic controllers at work in Manchester Airport's tower. Credit: PA

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