Tech leaders are jetting off on a trade mission on board the north of England's first direct flight to northern California.
The group of more than 30 delegates will meet bosses from the US state's leading universities, representatives from tech firms and members of Silicon Valley's venture capital funding community.
The new Virgin Atlantic flights from Manchester Airport to San Francisco will reduce journey times between the regions by several hours, as travellers previously took indirect flights.
The three-times-per-week flights to San Francisco also open up a popular leisure destination to holidaymakers from the north of England, with landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.
Manchester Airport is showing off how it's spending a Billion pounds on upgrading and expanding.
Terminal Two will grow by 140 percent in the next eight years. Thousands of jobs are expected to be created as a result.
Adam Jupp from Manchester Airport say there could be 15 hundred jobs in the construction phase alone:
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This week Manchester Airport is taking part in the first ever UK Airports Safety Week.
Each day Manchester Airport has to carry out a number of Runway inspections - these are usually done by our airfield operations team in a vehicle.
Today, whilst Runway Two is shut for a couple of hours between 9.30 and 11am, up to 80 staff will walk the length of runway and check for any debris that shouldn't be there.
A flight was forced to circle around Manchester Airport for 90 minutes because of a technical fault on Wednesday.
Jet2 flight LS819 left Manchester for Rhodes at 10.26am and was due to land at the Greek island for 4.35pm.
But the aircraft reportedly experienced an issue with the landing gear and was placed in a holding pattern at 8,000ft.
The Boeing 757-200 continued to circle the airport for an hour and a half burning fuel until it was light enough to land.
It eventually made it to the runway just before 12.25pm after landing safely.
Our Jet2.com flight LS875 from Manchester to Faro has been diverted back to base as a precautionary measure.
The aircraft landed safely, without incident, and passengers will be transferred onto a replacement aircraft. We would like to apologise to our customers for this delay.
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Passengers have faced disruption at Manchester Airport tonight after an unattended bag led to the evacuation of terminal 2.
An investigation carried out on the contents of the bag found the item posed no threat and the terminal building has since reopened.
NEW STATEMENT: Upon finding an unattended bag, an area outside terminal two was cordoned off as a precautionary measure. 1/3
Following a thorough investigation, the bag has been cleared as a posing no threat & the process of reopening the terminal is underway. 2/3
As always, the safety & security of our passengers and staff is paramount, and we appreciate the patience of those affected tonight 3/3