Our history

1938

Ringway Airport

Manchester Airport, then called Ringway Airport, opens and is fully funded by Manchester City Council.

Aerial view of the airport

1962

HRH Duke of Edinburgh

A new £2.7million terminal, the present Terminal 1, is opened by HRH Duke of Edinburgh.

Terminal 1's Venetian chandeliers

1972

M56 sign

The M56 motorway is built to serve Manchester Airport.

Car park expansion

1989

Waiting at the gate

A new domestic terminal, the present Terminal 3, is opened.

Departures

1993

Interior

Terminal 2 is opened, doubling Manchester's terminal capacity. The airport's rail station is also opened.

Exterior

1999

Entrance

Manchester Airport acquires a majority shareholding in Humberside Airport.

Aerial view

2001

MAG (Manchester Airports Group) is formed to own and operate Manchester Airport and other acquisitions.

MAG purchases East Midlands and Bournemouth Airports for £241 million from National Express Group.

2011

The £800m Airport City Manchester, one of the most connected, intelligent and enterprising business destinations in development, starts construction.

2012

MAG sells its share of Humberside Airport for £2.3 million to Eastern Group.

2013

MAG purchases London Stansted Airport for £1.5 billion.

IFM Investors takes a 35.5% stake in MAG.

2015

MAG USA is established to oversee the development of MAG’s airport services business in North America.

The President of The People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Xi Jinping, and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the Rt Hon David Cameron, visit Manchester Airport to launch a new direct flight to Beijing with Hainan Airlines and a £130m 'China Cluster' at the Airport City development.

 

2016

MAG contributes £6.2bn to economy and has grown London Stansted's annual passenger numbers by 7m in the three years since it bought the airport.

British Airways announces its first ever scheduled flights from London Stansted Airport.

2017

The first flights from Manchester to San Francisco start - the first ever link between the UK and San Francisco from outside London.

Jet2.com chooses London Stansted as its first ever base in Southern England.