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{{infobox|fullname=Manchester Airport|location=Manchester, England|iata=MAN|icao=EGCC|aptype=Commercial|website=http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk|mapurl=http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?ll=53.354138,-2.279320&spn=0.029493,0.076484&t=h&hl=en|mapsource=Google Maps|atctower=118.625 (23R/05L)119.4 (23L/05R|atcground=121.85 (Primary) 125.375 (Secondary)|atcclearance=121.7 (delivery)|atcapproach=118.575 & Director 121.35 |atcdeparture=118.625 & 119.4|atcatis=128.175 (Arrivals) 121.975 (Departures)|atcunicom=}}
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{{infobox|fullname=Manchester Airport|location=Manchester, England|iata=MAN|icao=EGCC|aptype=Commercial|website=http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk|mapurl=http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?ll=53.354138,-2.279320&spn=0.029493,0.076484&t=h&hl=en|mapsource=Google Maps|atctower=118.625 (23R/05L)119.4 (23L/05R|atcground=121.85 (Primary) 125.375 (Secondary)|atcclearance=121.7 (delivery)|atcapproach=118.575 & Director 121.35 |atcdeparture=118.625 & 119.4|atcatis=128.175 (Arrivals) 121.975 (Departures)|atcunicom=|psh=http://www.plane-spotting-hotels.com/index.php/499/}}
    
In 2004, Manchester International Airport (Ringway) was voted Britain’s premier spotting airport by a well-known aviation magazine, and anyone who has been there will probably agree with them. It is not a question of which is the best place to watch planes at Manchester, more a question of which spot do I want to choose?  
 
In 2004, Manchester International Airport (Ringway) was voted Britain’s premier spotting airport by a well-known aviation magazine, and anyone who has been there will probably agree with them. It is not a question of which is the best place to watch planes at Manchester, more a question of which spot do I want to choose?  
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MAN has 2 parallel runways, 23R / 05L (Runway 1) and 23L / 05R (Runway 2) . Aircraft movements are generally inbound on 23R and outbound on 23L. However the wind direction shifts approx 20% of the year and this flow is reversed. During the quieter period of each day from 12.00hrs to 15.00hrs, the airport reverts to single runway use and uses 23R / 05L (Runway 1) for both inbound and outbound flights.
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MAN has 2 parallel runways, 23R / 05L (Runway 1) and 23L / 05R (Runway 2) . Aircraft movements are generally inbound on 23R and outbound on 23L. However the wind direction shifts approx 20% of the year and this flow is reversed. During the quieter period of each day from 12.00hrs to 15.00hrs and at night between 22:00hrs and 06:00hrs the airport reverts to single runway use and uses 23R / 05L (Runway 1) for both inbound and outbound flights. [http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/manweb.nsf/alldocs/B40F30197901518780257393003585FE/$File/Single+Runway+Operations+Data+Sheet.pdf Single Runway operations data sheet.]
 
      
==Official Spotting Locations==
 
==Official Spotting Locations==
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[[Image:T2View.JPG|thumb|right|Terminal 2 from the top of the Multi-Story.]]
 
[[Image:T2View.JPG|thumb|right|Terminal 2 from the top of the Multi-Story.]]
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13th Floor of the multi-storey car park - Terminal 1 - Views of Runway 1 where you can view aircraft landing and taking off, also close views of aircraft parking and moving from Terminals 1 & 2 plus a good view of the Cargo area. Level 13 now being used by the Car Rental Companies. But there isn't any facilities here any more. Toilets are situated in the Terminal 1 arrivals area, just get the lift down from Level 12. Some thoughtfully provided camera holes are in the security fences. Be warned however that this is a short-stay car park and is very expensive to park your car:
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13th Floor of the multi-storey car park - Terminal 1 - Views of Runway 1 where you can view aircraft landing and taking off, also close views of aircraft parking and moving from Terminals 1 & 2 plus a good view of the Cargo area. Level 13 is now being used by the Car Rental Companies. Unfortunately there aren't any facilities here any more. Toilets are situated in the Terminal 1 arrivals area, just get the lift down from Level 12. There were some thoughtfully provided camera holes in the security fences, however these have now been filled in. Although it is still extremely easy to take photographs from here, you may occasionally encounter difficulties, especially when using wide-angle lenses.
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Be warned however that this is a short-stay car park and is very expensive to park your car:
    
http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/manweb.nsf/Content/ShortStayPark
 
http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/manweb.nsf/Content/ShortStayPark
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It has 3 raised platforms for better viewing and photography, a very good snack bar, Family picnic areas and clean Male and Female toilet facilities. There is also a well-stocked aviation shop selling books, aircraft models, binoculars and radios etc.
 
It has 3 raised platforms for better viewing and photography, a very good snack bar, Family picnic areas and clean Male and Female toilet facilities. There is also a well-stocked aviation shop selling books, aircraft models, binoculars and radios etc.
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Signposted from main terminal areas and railway station. This A.V.P also contains a '''British Airways Concorde G-BOAC''' (for details of tours see below), '''BAe Avro 146-RX100''', '''Monarch DC-10''' nose section, De Havilland Vampire jet fighter (at the moment been removed for restoration), and a '''BEA British European Airways Hawker Siddley HS-121 Trident 3B G-AZWK''' aircraft resplendent in full BEA Colours, which you can have a tour of (at cost).
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Signposted from main terminal areas and railway station. This A.V.P also contains a '''British Airways Concorde G-BOAC''' (for details of tours see below), '''BAe Avro 146-RX100''', '''Monarch DC-10''' nose section, and a '''BEA British European Airways Hawker Siddley HS-121 Trident 3B G-AZWK''' aircraft resplendent in full BEA Colours and '''RAF BAe Nimrod MR2 XV231''', which you can have a tour of (at cost).
    
The A.V.P is situated off the A538 between Junction 6 of the M56 motorway and the airport tunnels.  
 
The A.V.P is situated off the A538 between Junction 6 of the M56 motorway and the airport tunnels.  
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From the Junction 6 Roundabout follow signs for Wilmslow. After a very short distance you will see Sunbank Lane on the left with a sign post for “Concorde”. Turn left here and then immediately right at the crossroads onto  Wilmslow Old Road and follow to the end.
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From the Junction 6 Roundabout follow signs for Wilmslow. After a very short distance you will see Sunbank Lane on the left with a sign post for “Concorde”. Turn left here and then immediately right at the crossroads onto  Wilmslow Old Road and follow to the end. Be aware that Wilmslow Old Road is a very narrow and twisty country lane with very few sections of pavement for pedestrians, so keep an eye out for traffic, which tends to speed along this road.
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You can get to the A.V.P by bus from the "The Station" at the Airport, which is situated mid-way between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 . Journey time by bus is approximately 5 minutes. The Swans Shuttle bus 200 operates year round on weekends and Bank Holidays. Buses leave The Station at 09:16, then every hour until 17.16. Buses leave the Viewing Park every hour 09.25 until 17.25. The fare is around £1.50 for a return ticket.
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You can get to the A.V.P by bus from the "The Station" at the Airport, which is situated mid-way between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 . Journey time by bus is approximately 5 minutes. The Swans Shuttle bus 200 operates year round on weekends and Bank Holidays. Buses leave The Station at 09:16, then every hour until 17.16. Buses leave the Viewing Park every hour 09.25 until 17.25. The fare is £1.40 for a single (one-way) ticket, or £2.30 for a return (July 2011).
    
Arriva North West operates a regular daily service (bus 18, 18A, 20, 20A) stopping at the rear of the World Freight Terminal from where the Aviation Viewing Park is approximately a 10 minute walk. Full timetables for the service can be found at http://www.arrivabus.co.uk but generally there are four services per hour in each direction between The Station (Stand K) and the Freight Terminal. Some evening services are operated by service number 19. The adult single fare is £1. From the Freight Terminal bus stop, turn left out of Viscount Drive on to Avro Way and follow the road to where it bends round to the left. Walk into the junction on the right - you should see LSG SkyChefs on your right hand side, and a yellow and black car barrier ahead with a bollard to allow pedestrians through. Pass the barrier and turn left up the lane (Wilmslow Old Road, as in the directions above.) The AVP is about 6-7 minutes walk, right at the end of this lane.
 
Arriva North West operates a regular daily service (bus 18, 18A, 20, 20A) stopping at the rear of the World Freight Terminal from where the Aviation Viewing Park is approximately a 10 minute walk. Full timetables for the service can be found at http://www.arrivabus.co.uk but generally there are four services per hour in each direction between The Station (Stand K) and the Freight Terminal. Some evening services are operated by service number 19. The adult single fare is £1. From the Freight Terminal bus stop, turn left out of Viscount Drive on to Avro Way and follow the road to where it bends round to the left. Walk into the junction on the right - you should see LSG SkyChefs on your right hand side, and a yellow and black car barrier ahead with a bollard to allow pedestrians through. Pass the barrier and turn left up the lane (Wilmslow Old Road, as in the directions above.) The AVP is about 6-7 minutes walk, right at the end of this lane.
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====Runway 23L - taxi and line-up====  
 
====Runway 23L - taxi and line-up====  
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[[Image:Runway 23L threshold Manchester.JPG|thumb|right|The Elevated Mound next to the Runway 23L threshold]]
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From the Hotel entrance, turn right and walk through the car park, over the small stone bridge and up to the top of this road. On the right is a black cattle gate. Walk through the gate and follow this footpath for approx half-a-mile. The path finishes at the runway security fence and you will see long earth mounds either side of you which offer superb elevated views of the first 1/3 of runway 2.Further around to the right is an elevated mound which is directly in front of the link taxi-way between runway 1 and 2 - you can practically count the rivets on the aircraft as they line-up !!!
 
From the Hotel entrance, turn right and walk through the car park, over the small stone bridge and up to the top of this road. On the right is a black cattle gate. Walk through the gate and follow this footpath for approx half-a-mile. The path finishes at the runway security fence and you will see long earth mounds either side of you which offer superb elevated views of the first 1/3 of runway 2.Further around to the right is an elevated mound which is directly in front of the link taxi-way between runway 1 and 2 - you can practically count the rivets on the aircraft as they line-up !!!
    
====Runway 23L - rotation and take-off====
 
====Runway 23L - rotation and take-off====
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[[Image:Runway 2 landing manchester.JPG|thumb|right|A Thomsonfly.com 737-300 lands on Runway 05R]]
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The second option is to walk from the hotel back to the roundabout. On the other side of the road you just came in on, you will see a footpath of steep steps rising to the top of the hill. Follow this path for roughly 15 minutes past the side of the new fire station and up to the runway security fence.
 
The second option is to walk from the hotel back to the roundabout. On the other side of the road you just came in on, you will see a footpath of steep steps rising to the top of the hill. Follow this path for roughly 15 minutes past the side of the new fire station and up to the runway security fence.
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As an alternative, turn left after the fire station and follow the path downhill to the lowest lowest point of the valley. Then turn right and follow the river through the tunnel under runway 2. As you exit the tunnel turn right up the hill for a viewing spot half way between runway 1 and runway 2   
 
As an alternative, turn left after the fire station and follow the path downhill to the lowest lowest point of the valley. Then turn right and follow the river through the tunnel under runway 2. As you exit the tunnel turn right up the hill for a viewing spot half way between runway 1 and runway 2   
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Please note that runway 2 is usually closed between 1200 and 1500 hours. Also check before making any journey which way the aircraft are flying!. For approx 20% of the year, the wind shifts and the flying changes direction.
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Please note that runway 2 is usually closed between 12:00 and 15:00 hours. Also check before making any journey which way the aircraft are flying!. For approx 20% of the year, the wind shifts and the flying changes direction.
    
===South Side (Runway 1 - 05L/23R)===
 
===South Side (Runway 1 - 05L/23R)===
    
====Runway 05L - approach and landing, rotation and take-off====
 
====Runway 05L - approach and landing, rotation and take-off====
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[[Image:Runway 05L Lights at Manchester.JPG|thumb|right|The Runway 05L Lights Field]]
    
[[Image:Manchester Airport River Bollin tunnel under RWY 2.jpg|thumb|right|The River Bollin tunnel under Runway 2 (23L/05R)]]
 
[[Image:Manchester Airport River Bollin tunnel under RWY 2.jpg|thumb|right|The River Bollin tunnel under Runway 2 (23L/05R)]]
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==Regular Traffic==
 
==Regular Traffic==
*British Airways - Boeing 737, 757,767, Airbus A319/320/321
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*American Airlines - Boeing 767
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===Scheduled/Charter Airlines===
*Cathay Pacific Cargo - Boeing 747-400
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*Cargo Dragonair - Boeing 747-400
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*British Airways - Airbus A319/320/321
*Continental Airlines - Boeing 757
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*American Airlines - Boeing 757/767, Airbus A330
*Delta Air Lines - Boeing 757, 767
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*United Airlines - Boeing 757
*PIA - Boeing 777  
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*Delta Air Lines - Boeing 757/767
*US Airways - Airbus A330
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*Emirates - Airbus A380, Boeing 777
*Monarch Airlines - Airbus A300/320/321/330  Boeing 767
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*Etihad - Boeing 777, Airbus A330
*My Travel Airways - Boeing 757
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*Qatar Airways - Boeing 777/787, Airbus A330
*First Choice Airways - Boeing 757,767
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*Cathay Pacific - Boeing 777
*Flybe - Dash 8, Embraer 145/195
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*Singapore Airlines - Boeing 777
*Jet2.com - Boeing 737, 757,
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*PIA - Boeing 777
*Thomsonfly - Boeing 737/767
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*Monarch Airlines - Airbus A320/321
*Air France - Airbus A318/319/320
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*Flybe - Dash 8-400, Embraer 170/195, ATR72, Dornier Do328, Saab S2000
*Lufthansa - Boeing 737, Airbus A319/320/321 CRJ-100/200/700/900
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*Jet2.com - Boeing 737/757  
*BMI & bmibaby - Boeing 737, Airbus A319/320/321  Embraer 135/145
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*Thomson - Boeing 737/757/767/787
*Finnair - Airbus A319/320 Embraer 170/190
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*Air France - Airbus A318/319/320/321
*Turkish Airlines - Airbus A320/321 Boeing 737
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*KLM - Boeing 737, Embraer 190
*CSA Czech Airlines - Boeing 737
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*Lufthansa - Airbus A319/320/321, CRJ-900
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*Finnair - Airbus A319/320, Embraer 170/190
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*Turkish Airlines - Airbus A320/321, Boeing 737
 
*Ryanair - Boeing 737-800
 
*Ryanair - Boeing 737-800
*Aer Lingus - Airbus A320
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*Aer Lingus - Airbus A320, ATR72
*Virgin Atlantic Airways - Boeing 747-400
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*Thomas Cook - Boeing 757/767, Airbus A320/321/330
plus many more, for a full list (and of which Terminal) click on this link http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk.
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*Virgin Atlantic Airways - Boeing 747-400, Airbus A330/340
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plus many more, for a full list (and of which Terminal) click on this link: http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk.
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===Cargo Airlines===
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*Lufthansa - Boeing 777, McDonnell Douglas MD11
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*Federal Express - Boeing 757
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*Air Contractors - ATR72
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Plus you never know what will turn up, the A380 has been to Manchester, the Antonov An-225 has been to Manchester, there are always a few surprises!
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Plus you never know what will turn up, the A380 has done a missed approach at Manchester, the Antonov An-225 and a few An-124s have been to Manchester, there are always a few surprises!
    
==Facilities and Transportation==
 
==Facilities and Transportation==
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The Railway Station is situated at the Airport between Terminals 1 & 2.
 
The Railway Station is situated at the Airport between Terminals 1 & 2.
 
Services from most of the UK mainline stations.
 
Services from most of the UK mainline stations.
The Bus & Coach Station is adjacent to railway station. Also served by National Express.
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The Bus & Coach Station is adjacent to railway station, as is the Metrolink station. Also served by National Express.
Bus service number 200 serves the viewing park from the airport bus station every Saturday and Sunday at 15 minutes past the hour from the bus station and 25 minutes past the hour from the viewing park at a cost of approx £1.60p adult return.
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Bus service number 200 serves the viewing park from the airport bus station at 15 minutes past the hour from the bus station and 25 minutes past the hour from the viewing park. The fare is £1.40 for a single (one-way) ticket, or £2.30 for a return (July 2011).
    
==Travel tips==
 
==Travel tips==
If traveling by car and you do not wish to pay for the airport car parks, you could always park your car at Heald Green Railway Station and catch the train to the airport for a cheap day return costing  £1.10 or a single will cost £1.00 each way, fares may vary due to the general increase in fares.
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If traveling by car and you do not wish to pay for the airport car parks, you could always park your car at Heald Green Railway Station and catch the train to the airport. Before 09:30 the fare is £1.60 single or £2.20 return. After 09:30 the fare decreases to £1.40 single or £1.50 return. (July 2011)
 
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http://www.spotterswiki.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=29#p29
 
http://www.spotterswiki.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=29#p29
    
==External links==
 
==External links==
One page spotter guide for print out - contains radio frequencies, airport map and a brief description of the spotting spots at MAN.
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http://www.plane-spotter.com/Airports/UK/MAN/SpotterGuide_MAN.pdf
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*[http://www.forums4airports.com/forum423.html Manchester Airport Forum] to discuss all aspects of the airport about all aspects from route development to infrastructure improvements. All the latest aviation news for spotters and aviation professionals alike.
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*[http://www.plane-spotter.com/Airports/UK/MAN/SpotterGuide_MAN.pdf One page spotter guide for print out] - contains radio frequencies, airport map and a brief description of the spotting spots at MAN.
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Manchester airport aircraft movements website - contains every movement of every plane at Manchester since 2003. You can submit your photos or view others from the day aswell as view timetables of expected aircraft in a large database.
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*[http://www.ringwayreports.co.uk/ringway.htm Manchester airport aircraft movements website] - contains every movement of every plane at Manchester since 2003. You can submit your photos or view others from the day as well as view timetables of expected aircraft in a large database.
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http://www.ringwayreports.co.uk/ringway.htm
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*[http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/manweb.nsf/alldocs/B6F0247D7CBCF65F80257393003585FD/$File/Runway+Data+Sheet+2007-+v+FINAL.pdf The official Manchester Airport Runway data sheet] featuring all the relevant information regarding the runway operations.
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