14 FEBRUARY 2022


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Article from BTNews 14 FEBRUARY 2022

Aerozone at Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport has opened its doors to the AeroZone facility.

AeroZone will give schoolchildren of all ages the chance to learn more about their local airport and the job opportunities available in aviation.

The facility will focus on a range of topics and subjects, and is expected to welcome more than 5,000 pupils between four and 18 each year.

Greater Manchester’s Mayor was on hand to mark the opening of AeroZone, which was delivered as part of the airport’s £1bn transformation programme.

He was joined by Manchester Airport’s Managing Director Karen Smart and 15 pupils from Outwood Primary School in Heald Green, who were then treated to a tour of the new facility.

Cutting-edge design and educational technology will be used to link aviation-related activities to the curriculum at the AeroZone, which offers a mix of classroom space and interactive zones. The design of the centre is influenced by aviation, boasting a cabin with real seats and a cockpit, complete with flight simulator.

A dedicated ‘careers wall’ showcases the wide range of careers available in aviation, and information and advice about how to access them. Airport staff will be guest speakers, giving youngsters the chance to put questions to them.
Karen Smart, Managing Director at Manchester Airport, said: “We are delighted to be able to open this fantastic facility at long last, having originally planned to open it in 2020 before the pandemic made that unviable. AeroZone provides us with an on-site hub for our educational outreach work, and provides schoolchildren in our area with a state-of-the-art facility in which they can learn more about the global gateway on their doorstep, with lessons and materials tailored to the curriculum”.


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