Welcome to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Manchester streets, landmarks, buildings and events from bygone days with today.

Our main image this week shows a scene not witnessed for months in the current Covid lockdown – a family getting ready to jet off to the sun from Manchester’s Ringway Airport.

The date is June 1967 and there’s clearly excitement in the air. Under the ornate pendant lights – remember them? – a young boy carries a beach ball while his sister waits patiently with her parents for their flight to be announced.

Everyone is dressed in their best, which used to be the case when flying. Nowadays we favour more casual and comfortable attire.

The 1960s and early 1970s were very much the jet era at Ringway. The first transatlantic flight operated by British Overseas Air Corporation (BOAC) started in 1963, reaching America via Prestwick.

Manchester Airport, 1967.
Coronavirus UK: Manchester Airport Flights to London  Picture taken 01 July 2020.
The extension of the runway in 1969 allowed aircraft to take off with a full payload and fly direct to Canada.

Ringway expanded throughout the 1960s until it achieved the milestone of handling more than two million passengers in 1971.

The link road connecting the airport to the M56 motorway was opened in 1972. Three years later Ringway was renamed Manchester International Airport.

In 2019, Manchester was the third busiest passenger airport in the UK. Its three terminals are much quieter now as our image taken during Coronavirus restrictions clearly shows.

Hopefully families – as they did in our 1960s photo – will soon be able to fly from Manchester on much-needed holidays once again.

*Many more images from Then and Now are featured in The Changing Face of Manchester published to mark the 150th anniversary of the M.E.N.

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