This year Manchester Airport celebrates its 80th birthday, and this week it announced a wide-ranging programme of activity to celebrate with passengers, communities and colleagues past and present. The airport’s ‘oak’ anniversary celebrations will emphasise its regional roots and global branches, telling the story of its evolution from a single wooden hut in 1938 to the UK’s third largest airport today. Activity will take place either side of Manchester Airport’s official birthday, on 25 June, and will also look forward to how the gateway will be transformed through the £1 billion (€1.14 billion) investment programme currently underway. “Marking 80 years is a milestone everyone at the airport is incredibly proud of. As we look back, it is clear to see Manchester is a totally different airport to when it first opened in 1938, but we have never lost sight of our local roots and the important role we play in the lives of those living and working around us,” comments Andrew Cowan, CEO of Manchester Airport. The news comes after a successful few weeks for the airport in terms of route announcements, with Ethiopian Airlines confirming flights to Addis Ababa and Jet Airways to Mumbai.