Manchester Airport celebrates 80th birthday

A special event is taking place today to mark 80 years of Manchester Airport.

The occasion's being marked with a film reflecting the site's progress since it accepted its first passengers in 1938. Staff past and present are gathering alongside businesses to celebrate the milestone.

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Manchester Airport: Behind the scenes

When you arrive at the airport to fly overseas or to greet a loved one coming home, there's usually little time to notice what keeps it all going in the background. There are huge numbers of people working in different parts of the airport. All trying to make the experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

On it's 80th birthday Sarah Rogers was given access all areas to take a look at one day in the life of Manchester Airport:

Flash mob proposal at Manchester Airport

A woman returning from holiday to Manchester Airport got the surprise of her life - after being greeted by a flashmob in Arrivals.

It was all done for Karen so her partner Chops could ask one very important question...

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Manchester Airport celebrates 80th birthday

Manchester Airport Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/PA Images

Manchester Airport is celebrating its 80th birthday.

It's being marked with a special poem by poet Tony Walsh and a film reflecting its progress since it accepted its first passengers in 1938.

The event is taking place in the airport's station where staff past and present are gathering alongside businesses to celebrate the milestone.

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