Est. 1985

The Business of Aviation

  • View from under the aircraft at Manchester Airport

    View from under the aircraft at Manchester Airport
Half Day Trip
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Manchester Airport is the global gateway to the north of England. Every year they handle around 19 million passengers, using over 60 airlines flying direct to around 200 destinations. There are approximately 19,000 people employed directly on the airport site but their growth is shared by the surrounding towns and the whole region.  As well as their passenger operations they also have a cargo operation at which has shown significant growth in recent years. Where better to teach your students about the Business of Aviation than by looking at Manchester Airport. This is perfect for GCSE, BTEC and A level Business Studies and Travel & Tourism students.

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 This full day trip takes you on a tour of Terminal 1 and includes a lecture at the Visitors Centre.  There are six different topics to choose from which are:

  • Customer Service
  • Environment
  • Exploring Airports and Airlines
  • Handling Air Passengers
  • IT at Manchester Airport
  • Manchester Airport as a Business

Both Business Studies and Travel and Tourism students can look at the structure of the organisation and who controls what, the partnerships, contracts and legislation surrounding the business and how hazards and risks are assessed.  Alternatively they may want to look at how the passengers are managed and the procedures, strategies and policies that are in place.  If the focus is on technology then students can be provided with an insight into the systems that are used, how they work and how they benefit the airport. For those more interested in customer service or handling passengers, again an insight will be provided as to how this is done in such a busy and stressful environment.  For environmental information such as the effect of noise or carbon pollution, attention is paid to the impact this has on the aviation environment and how Manchester Airport deals with their public responsibilities.

Risk Assessments and Pre-visit worksheets and ideas are available to prepare students for this visit.  Alternative tours for  younger children are also available.  Call our Education Specialist for further details.


Dates available on request

Suggested itinerary by coach


Arrive at Manchester Airport

Arrive at Terminal 1 for your walking land-side tour of this airport terminal. Students will learn about the systems and procedures in place for the airport to run smoothly.


Take a Break

Students will be allowed time to break for a drink before walking across to the Runway Park.  Popular lectures are the Business of Manchester and Customer Service.


Interactive Lecture

Board a DC10 for your interactive lecture on your chosen topic.



It is recommended that students bring a packed lunch with them and they will be directed to an eating area reserved for their use. For half day tours you would leave after lunch from Runway Park.


Concorde Tour

For those that want to extend their stay the 20 minute tour around this iconic aircraft is worth the additional cost.


Home Time

Return to your coach for your journey back to school/college.

Optional Extras

For an additional charge we can book a 20 minute tour of Concorde (subject to availability).



We use local coach companies to minimise coach costs and prices will vary depending on point of departure. A limited number of free teacher places are available so please call us for further details. All enquiries are priced according to date, no of students/staff travelling and what you would like to be included in the price and are tailor made to your specific requirements.

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