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The first UK airline to run the new Dreamliner planes will finally start operating from Manchester airport.

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Thousands head out for the great Easter getaway

Traffic jam ahead of the Easter break Credit: PA

A poll from VisitEngland showed that around 3.4 million Britons are set to take an Easter break in the UK involving at least one overnight stay, providing an £800 million boost for the UK economy.

Around 6.5 million Britons are planning day trips over the holiday period, with a further 9% undecided whether to have a break involving an overnight stay, the survey revealed.

VisitEngland chief executive James Berresford said: "The industry has rallied following the severe weather earlier this year. It's business as usual for tourism with a full line-up of events and offers across the country, and destinations ready and waiting to welcome visitors this Easter break."

An estimated 1.6 million Britons are heading abroad for the holiday. Over the Easter weekend, 110,000 passengers will leave from Manchester Airport.

Popular foreign spots for those going overseas include Spain and its islands, Turkey, Tunisia and Florida, according to UK travel organisation Abta. Top city destinations are Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam, Rome and New York, while bookings for UK breaks are described by Abta as "healthy".

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New route to Hong Kong announced from Manchester Airport

The service will be operated by Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Credit: Manchester Airport

A new flight between Hong Kong and Manchester Airport has been announced. The four-times-weekly service will start on 8 December 2014.

It's hoped the service will help strengthen business links between the North West and China.

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

Man charged with smuggling heroin into Manchester Airport

A man has been charged with drug smuggling after Border Force officers at Manchester Airport seized heroin worth an estimated £280,000.

Muhammad Ashfaq, 42, appeared before Trafford Magistrates on Monday 10 February, charged with the importation of a Class A drug.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court on 3 March, 2014.

The discovery was made on Friday 7 February as officers inspected a mishandled bag that should have arrived the previous day on a flight from Islamabad.

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Manchester Airport welcomes largest commercial airfreighter

The B747-8 at Manchester Airport Credit: Manchester Airport Group

Manchester Airport welcomed the Boeing 747-8 Freighter (B747-8F) landed from Hong Kong this morning. The new aircraft will fly on a regular basis on the Manchester to Hong Kong route and is capable of carrying over 130 tonnes of cargo.

The aircraft was given a water cannon salute Credit: Manchester Airport Group

Manchester Airport: affected flights "minimal"

Manchester Airport says only a "handful of flights" were affected by today's nationwide air traffic control issues.

Some passengers were left stranded when a technical problem on an internal telephone system caused delays.

Manchester Airport was only minimally affected today following the Air Traffic Control issues.

Out of hundreds of air movements to and from the 200 plus destinations we serve, only a handful of flights were impacted upon.

Operations are back to normal with a few minor knock on effects.

As always, passenger safety is key.

For individual flight enquiries passengers should contact their airline or see our website.

– Manchester Airport spokesperson

Air Traffic Control issues hit Manchester

Manchester Airport says air traffic control issues are having an effect on services in the north west.

Flights have been delayed and cancelled at airports across the UK and Ireland because of a technical problem at an air traffic control centre in Hampshire.

"Due to an Air Traffic Control issue the whole country is facing air travel delays at the moment. At Manchester Airport we are currently facing minor delays but traffic is coming in and out. The safety of our passengers is always paramount so we will continue to liaise with Air Traffic Control until the issue is resolved. Passengers should check with their airline and on our website for individual flight information."

– Manchester Airport spokesperson
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