MIAMI – It was a celebration day for Air France (AF) at Manchester Airport (MAN), the second-largest UK hub after London-Heathrow (LHR), where the carrier has operated flights for the past 75 years.

The first flight ever took place in the immediate post war times, on June 16, 1946, linking MAN to Paris-Le Bourget Airport (LBG) with a Douglas DC3 aircraft bearing the F-BADX marks, a service restart after long years of stoppage due to WW2. The load was not terrific: one passenger on the incoming stretch, 18 on the return flight.

The service became a regular one with a three-weekly flight schedule, using Scottish Airways DC-3s, and evolved to today’s three flights per day under normal conditions.

Air France Douglas DC3 F-BAXP similar to the type F-BADX used on the first flight from Paris-Le Bourget to Manchester – Photo : RuthAS, CC BY 3.0

Comments from Officials

Benedicte Duval, AF General Manager for Uk and Ireland, indicated that the service carries hundred of thousand of passengers between the city pairs demonstrating how important is for the regions to be interconnected.

"We are delighted to be commemorating 75 years of Air France operating out of Manchester.” Benedicte Duva, AF General Manager for UK and Ireland Click To Tweet

Benedicte Duval commented on the celebration by saying, “In the 75 years since we began flying from the airport, the world has changed dramatically and demand for travel has grown rapidly throughout the years.”

While appreciating AF as one of the first airline to operate in and out of MAN and a longstgading partner, Karen Smart, Managing Director of MAN Airport, said “It is great to see Air France celebrating such a milestone anniversary here at Manchester Airport.”

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Featured image: Air Frane Airbus 319 F-GRXE. Photo: Alberto Cucini/Airways