School trip to Runway Visitor Park
The Runway Visitor Park at Manchester Airport is a unique and educational experience for all ages and operates educational tours for school groups from Early Years to KS4, as well as out of school groups.
The interactive nature of our tours is what truly brings them to life. Children taking part have the opportunity to board real aircraft, whilst learning about the different types of jobs that help the airport run smoothly. Not to forget everyone’s favourite part – hopping into the pilot’s seat.
KS1 School Class Tours
Your tour will last for 2 hours. Approximately 1 hour of the tour will be held in the cabin of their DC10 aircraft. Here the children will be involved in role-play situations, exploring some of the many careers at the airport. They identify the various fundamental parts of an aircraft and look at some examples of different aircraft. The children will also have the opportunity to visit the flight deck, where they can sample the feeling of being a Pilot or Flight Engineer.
The remainder of the tour takes place mainly outside the Visitor Park. They will observe movements on the airfield and visit their own aircraft housed at the Park. A classroom session will also be included, where they will carry out an interactive airport-related activity.
KS2 and KS3 School Class Tours
They have several tour options available to KS2 and KS3 groups, on average a Tour will last for 2 hours.
Approximately 1 hour of the tour will be held in the cabin of the DC10, here the children will be involved in role play, highlighting to them the types of jobs people have at the airport. The children will get to visit the flight deck of the DC10, where they will be shown some of the flight controls to help understand how they affect the operation of the aircraft.
The rest of the tour is outside and focuses on the aircraft that can be seen taking off and landing, in addition to any other vehicles moving around the runway. They will also talk about Manchester Airport itself and then turn their attention to their very own exciting aircraft, which are housed at Runway Visitor Park.
History of aviation themed tour
During this tour they will step back in history to examine the Wright Brothers and their Wright Flyer, through to more recent aircraft such as the Supersonic Concorde, and the awesome A380. There will be plenty of time to take a look at the aircraft they have here at Runway Visitor Park and to understand the historical importance of them.
History of Manchester Airport themed tour
During this tour they will look how the airport has changed since the first airport in Manchester was opened. They will look at how the airport has been used in different ways, and how it has grown and developed. They will also spend some time talking about some of the job roles that are carried out at the airport every day, from Air Traffic Controllers, to their four-legged friends – the sniffer dogs that keep us safe in the airport.
There will be plenty of time to take a look at the aircraft they have here at Runway Visitor Park and to identify the different parts that make them work. This will be in addition to watching the live action on the runway, as aircraft take off and land in front of us.
Environment themed tour
During this tour they will look at the many environmental issues that airports such as Manchester Airport must consider.
They will examine how people get to the airport, the building of Manchester Airport’s second runway and the considerations around the local Flora & Fauna. They will discuss noise pollution and how this is managed, plus issues such as recycling and bird control.
There will be plenty of time to try and spot the Bird Control team on the airfield, as well as getting to see some of the aircraft flying in and out of Manchester Airport.
Add on tour
The Terminal 2 tour is an additional option that can be added on to our two-hour tours. Explore the busy Manchester Airport terminal, whilst learning about the departures process and checking in. Experience first hand how vibrant and exciting an airport can be, possibly even inspiring our cabin crew & pilots of the future!
(When added to the two hour tour, an hour’s break for lunch will automatically be included, with the total tour time being 4 hours).