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Popular ‘Flight Academy’ for kids returns to Manchester’s Runway Visitor Park this half term

Curious kids get the chance to learn about the different job roles that keep Manchester Airport in action.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 13th October 2021

The highly-successful Flight Academy programme for kids is returning to Runway Visitor Park at Manchester Airport this October half term.

After proving popular with families during its sold-out run this past summer holidays, the programme is back with 90-minute academy sessions that give curious kids the chance to learn all about the different job roles that help keep Manchester Airport in action throughout the year.

The first part of the session takes place aboard a retired DC10 airliner, so kids can sit in the cockpit and find out about roles as varied as cabin crew and ground operators.

They’ll even get to dress the part, and “take control” of the flight deck too.

And if all of that wan’t fun enough, they’ll then head outside to have a look at Manchester Airport’s runways, watch 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 are encouraged to have a look round and make the most of Runway Visitor Park’s impressive facilities.

With stunning views over the nearby airfield, some of the sights on offer 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.


“After the success of this summer’s Flight Academy return, we were keen to bring the programme back for families to enjoy again this October half term,” explained Robert Hassard – Manager at Runway Visitor Park.

“This is an enduringly popular family experience and has inspired many youngsters to consider a career in aviation.”

Curious kids get the chance to learn all about different jobs that help keep Manchester Airport in action / Credit: Runway Visitor Park

Flight Academy at Runway Visitor Park will run daily from Monday 25 – Friday 29 October, with sessions are split into two age groups – one for children aged 4-7 years, and another for those aged 8-12.


Tickets cost just £10, with parking available for the full day at £5.

Find out more here.

Featured Image – Runway Visitor Park