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UK airports celebrate milestone anniversaries this summer

Liverpool, Manchester and Stansted airports in the UK all celebrated big birthdays this summer, and marked the occasions with historical tributes, musical mementos and one very tall tower.


Liverpool John Lennon



The oldest of the lot, Liverpool John Lennnon Airport, turned 80 this summer. 

Liverpool was renamed John Lennon Airport in honour of the former Beatle when the new terminal was opened in 2002, and the late star's wife Yoko Ono, who also celebrates her 80th birthday this year, was one of the first to congratulate it.

Cutting the cake was Jim Keight OBE who was also present when the airport first opened in 1933.

On show for the first time was a permanent photo exhibition in the terminal building, which shows photographs from the airports history.

Manchester Airport



To mark 75 years since the opening of the UK’s third largest airport, Manchester opened its new €23million control tower, which at 60 metres tall is the second tallest in the UK and has 360 degrees panoramic views of the airfield.

A choir also greeted passengers coming through the terminal building.


Andrew Cowan, chief operating Officer for MAG, owners of Manchester Airport, said: “We are delighted with the new control tower and pleased that it officially opens as we celebrate our 75th year of operation.

"It’s a fitting moment for us and demonstrates our continued investment in Manchester Airport, and this will be our most significant development in the airport this year.”


London Stansted




Stansted celebrated its roots this year with a tribute to its history and special guests from across the pond.

Spectators were treated to a slice of cake in the 1940s styled reception followed by a P-47 Thunderbolt fly by.


The guest of honour was American WWII veteran Major, Edward Horn. The 88-year-old was posted to Stansted for his service and flew as part of the ‘Silver Streaks’.

Along with other former servicemen, Maj Horn planted a memorial tree in the grounds of the airport.


Andrew Harrison, Stansted Airport’s managing director, said: “I am delighted to welcome so many distinguished guests here today to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Stansted Airport’s runway and its origins as a wartime airfield.

"Not only is this a tribute to the airport’s illustrious past but it just shows what an integral role Stansted continues to play in our community and the wider region.”

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