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Manchester’s popular ‘Flight Academy’ for kids is returning over the summer holidays

The sky's the limit for our little Mancs.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 25th June 2024

Little Mancs can try their hand at becoming a pilot this summer, as the popular Flight Academy returns to Manchester Airport.

After proving popular with families during plenty of school holidays in recent years, the Flight Academy programme is back at Runway Visitor Park over the next couple of months, especially for the summer break.

Curious kids the chance to learn all about the different job roles that help keep Manchester‘s airport in action throughout the year during 90-minute sessions.

The first part of the session takes place aboard a retired DC10 airliner, so kids can sit in the cockpit and find out about everything from the cabin crew’s role, to what the the ground operators get up to, and so much more.

They’ll even get to dress the part, and “take control” of the flight deck too by sitting up front in the captain’s coveted seat.


And if all of that wan’t fun enough as it is, they’ll then get to head outside to have a look at Manchester Airport‘s runways, watch the planes taking off and landing, and get to see some of the various jobs they’ve just learnt about in action.

After the session, families will then be free to make the most of all the rest of the impressive facilities on offer at Runway Visitor Park.

Tickets are now on sale for £14 on selected dates in July and August / Credit: Runway Visitor Park

With stunning views over the nearby airfield, some of the unique activities on offer at the popular Greater Manchester-based tourist attraction include watching aircraft, such as the giant A380, coming and going at close quarters, taking in a tour of the Park’s retired airliners – including the iconic Concorde – and stopping off at the giant play area and on-site café.

Flight Academy – Airport Life at Runway Visitor Park will be running on selected weekday and weekend dates throughout the summer holidays in late July and August, with sessions split into two age groups – one for children aged 4-7 years, and another for those aged 8-12.

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Tickets cost just £14 for one child with an accompanying adult, and you can find out more and book your place here.

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