Thousands of sun worshippers are seeking warmer climes this weekend as Manchester Airport prepares for four days of hectic Jubilee celebrations.
The airport is expecting over 275,000 people to pass through their terminals this weekend with eager Mancunians looking to make the most of the extended bank holiday.
The airport are getting into the spirit of the nationwide Jubilee festivities themselves by hosting their very own street party in the shadow of the world-famous Concorde.
There will also be Union Jack bunting on display in all of the terminals.
The most popular destinations included Barcelona, Verona, Lisbon, Ibiza, Biarritz, Beziers, Washington DC, and Istanbul.
Figures released earlier this year confirmed Manchester has now overtaken Stansted Airport as the UK’s third largest after 12 months of successive passenger growth.
The Easter period was a busy time for the airport with over 810,000 passengers passing through during the April school holidays.
Speaking before the Easter rush, Chief Operating Officer for Manchester Airport, Andrew Harrison, said: “With 12 months of consistent passenger growth behind us, we enter our traditional busiest period with lots of optimism and a belief that we can carry even more passengers to the destinations they require; while also encouraging more airlines to set up base here in the North West.
“The Summer schedule looks impressive and many of our airlines have witnessed the continuing passenger growth here and commenced new services as a result, so we’re looking at a initial busy period over Easter and lots more to look forward to as we enter the Summer months.”
The Concorde party will be held in the hangar at the Runway Visitor Park and is open to anyone who isn’t having their own party – whether that is because their request for a street party was turned down or because they live in a block of flats.
The picnic under the plane – which the Queen used to fly on frequently in the past – is free and is indoors and safe from the risk of potential rain.
In a special promotion the first 20 attendees named Elizabeth will receive a complimentary Victoria Sponge to add to their picnic.
For more information on the Concorde street party visit www.manchesterairport.co.uk/manweb.nsf/content/concordewhatson