Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has announced plans to open ‘aerozones’ as part of an initiative to connect its airports with their local communities.

First set to be introduced at Manchester Airport, aerozones are on-site facilities that offer opportunities for local children aged four to 18 to find out more about how an airport works.

Aerozones are already operational at London Stansted and East Midlands Airports.

A total of 6,500 children were welcomed across the two sites last year.

With the new on-site education centre, local schoolchildren of all ages will be able to learn more about their local airport, including the career opportunities on offer in aviation.

MAG CSR director Neil Robinson said: “We are more determined than ever to ensure that the benefits of MAG’s success are shared and I am proud of the way that we play our part in providing ‘opportunities for all,’ particularly where there are areas of inequality and deprivation around our airports.”

Situated above The Station, the new aerozone at Manchester Airport is part of MAG’s ‘MAG Connect’ initiative, which aims to connect local communities with jobs at airports.

MAG’s latest Corporate Social Responsibility Report revealed that the group’s three airports contributed a combined £8.2bn to the UK economy in the last financial year, which represents a 5.8% increase year on year.

Robinson added: “At MAG, we are collaborating with partners, such as Sustainable Aviation, to develop better technology and low-carbon alternatives. All of our airport operations are all carbon neutral and we will continue to use our influence and programmes to promote decarbonisation across the industry.”