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Fuel Price Changes

Customers are advised that with effect from 3rd August 2017, the following revised prices are in effect, due to a change in price from our supplier;

Avgas 100LL – £1.42/litre plus VAT
Avgas UL91 – £1.42/litre plus VAT
Jet A1 – £0.78/litre plus VAT

City Airport announces UK’s first Pride in Aviation Event

City Airport & Heliport (Manchester Barton Aerodrome) has announced its first ‘Pride in Aviation’ Event, in conjunction with Manchester Pride.

The free event, taking place on Sunday 27th August and coinciding with Manchester Pride, has been created to demonstrate and encourage LGBT acceptance within the Aviation community, whilst also promoting the pride that all those involved and supporting aviation have with the sport, hobby and, for many, their flying career. 

Nick Duriez, Airport Director said: “City Airport is delighted to be hosting what we believe may be the first Pride in Aviation event in the UK. The event will run in conjunction with Manchester Pride, providing an alternative family-friendly vibe for anyone wanting to celebrate with us.

“At City Airport, we are committed to promoting the enjoyment of aviation to encompass anyone with an interest, regardless of age, race, colour or sexuality and this event firmly cements our effort to extend the world of aviation to all.

“Our events are hugely popular in the local community and offer a great chance to see what’s on offer here at City Airport. With our onsite Café Bar, plus viewing and picnic areas, we provide a welcoming environment for all ages.”

The event will feature a daytime Pride Fly-In with free landings and overnight camping, followed by an evening of live music and entertainment from 7pm with live music from cover band ALIBI and transgender singer Ellie-X in City Airport’s ‘Runway 26’ Café Bar. Food will be available until 9pm.

City Airport is conveniently located just 5 miles from Manchester City Centre, close to Junction 11 of the M60 on the A57 Liverpool Road.

For more details please visit 

Children treated to a once in a lifetime experience

Today, over 30 children were treated to an experience of a lifetime at City Airport as part of the Bader Braves Young Aviator Days, an initiative of the Douglas Bader Foundation.

Children with limb impairment and other disabilities were treated to their first experience of flight in a light aircraft. Volunteers from the Friends of Barton Aerodrome assisted with organisation and co-ordination of the flights for the children and their parents and guardians, and flights were conducted by volunteer pilots who gave up their time to undertake the flights.

Nick Duriez, Airport Director who also undertook several flights commented, “It was fantastic to take part in such a worthwhile event. The expressions of joy in the children’s (and adults) faces said it all and highlighted how the experience really can help change and enhance lives. One such youngster started out a little nervous but once the flight was under way proclaimed ‘This is the best day of my life!’. It was an absolute pleasure for City Airport airport to support the Bader Braves Young Aviator Day again in 2017, and we look forward to continuing to work with the charity supporting this annual event.

Keith Delderfield, Director of Operations for DBF said “This is our third visit to this super venue and the best yet. We run twelve Bader Braves Young Aviators Days throughout the year around the UK and this one has certainly raised the bar to a new height. We are indebted to everyone involved for making this day such a huge success and for putting so many big smiles on so many faces”.

There were many smiling faces all round and they day was enjoyed by all. We would like to say many thanks to the airport staff, Runway 26 Cafe/Bar, Friends of Barton Aerodrome members and the pilots who all came together to make this day an extremely worthwhile and special day for the children. We look forward to hosting the event once again in 2018.

You can find our more abut the Douglas Bader Foundation by visiting

Fuel Price Changes

Customers are advised that with effect from 7th June 2017, the following revised prices are in effect, due to a change in price from our supplier;

Avgas 100LL – £1.42/litre plus VAT
Avgas UL91 – £1.42/litre plus VAT
Jet A1 – £0.77/litre plus VAT

Volunteer Event

Continuing our Runway Improvement works, this spring we have completed yet further surface re-grading of our Runways and taxyways, bringing both safety and drainage improvements to the surface.

Due to the airfield being built on a former tip we now have an additional task to remove various pieces of rubble that are brought to the surface by the grading process.

We are therefore calling on willing volunteers to help us gather a team together for a ‘rubble picking’ evening on Tuesday 6th June from 6.30pm through till sunset. Gloves and buckets will be provided, and in addition we will provide a BBQ  and hot drinks courtesy of our Runway 26 Cafe/Bar for all those taking part in return for the help.

It also provides a great opportunity to be part of the continuing phase of the most significant runway improvement works to taking place at City Airport in many years.

To apply to volunteer, please complete the form below. We will send an email to everyone about 2 days before the event with further details.

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Fuel price changes

Customers are advised that with effect from 4th May 2017, the following revised prices are in effect, due to a change in price from our supplier;

Avgas 100LL – £1.46/litre plus VAT
Avgas UL91 – £1.46/litre plus VAT
Jet A1 – £0.79/litre plus VAT

Fuel Price Changes

Customers are advised that with effect from 9th April 2017, the following revised prices are in effect, due to a change in price from our supplier;

Avgas 100LL – £1.44/litre plus VAT
Avgas UL91 – £1.44/litre plus VAT
Jet A1 – £0.79/litre plus VAT

Drone flying near City Airport

This evening a DJI Phantom Drone similar to this one pictured was flown from a point around 1/4 mile East of our Airfield, at 3-400ft over the airfield passing overhead a helicopter that was hover training, and in front of an aircraft taking off. The drone continued past the airfield and a few minutes later flew back over. Aircraft movements were then stopped whilst the drone remained visible in the vicinity. 

The drone had not been given permission to undertake this flight within our Air Traffic Airspace, and by doing so the user of this drone recklessly endangered the safety of aircraft using our airfield. This has been reported to the Police. 

We will actively pursue prosecution of any user of a drone in our airspace that endangers aircraft using our airport as this is completely unacceptable. 

If anyone in our local community is aware of anyone who owns such a drone, we ask that they are made aware of the dangers of using a drone close to an active airport. We publish guidance on our website and ask anyone who owns a drone who wishes to enjoy their hobby to follow our guidance.

Airfield runway improvements works

Many of our regular flyers will have noticed part of our Runway and Taxyway turning yellow.  This area forms part of our planned works to continue to re-grade and improve the grass surfaces here at the airport.

From Monday 10th April, these areas will be dug up and regraded in sections. During these works there may be some disruption and limitations to flying activity to assist in the work completion. It will be important therefore that pilot’s refer to NOTAMs and the ATIS prior to flight to ensure that departures and arrivals are planned to coincide with any temporary closures or slot times available. The ATIS will display the current day’s procedures.

You can view the ATIS here:

It will be important to ensure that the correct Runway is identified and used for take-off and landing, and correct temporary taxi routes are followed. If in doubt, always ask the FISO for advise/instructions as necessary.

Further details are contained within the Operations Notice below. We thank you for your co-operation during these works which will ultimately be to the benefit of all pilots using the airfield.

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