Runway 26 – is the cafe and bar at City Airport (Barton), and is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of this historic and busy airport, which was opened on 29th January 1930 as Manchester Airport, the UK’s first municipal airfield licensed by the Air Ministry. Today, the Airfield is thriving with Business and General Aviation and also home to the North West Air Ambulance.
Runway 26 is open to the general public and welcomes visitors of all ages. We serve a variety of hot/cold food, drinks and also have our own licensed bar. We are open Tuesday to Sunday.
Opening Hours (Winter)
Bank Holidays 1000-1500
plus special events.
(Closed 25/26 Dec and 1st Jan)
Please note that food service ends one hour before closing.
The venue is also available for hire after 6pm.
What is Runway ’26’?
City Airport has several grass runways which are all given a numeric designation. These designators relate to the magnetic heading of each Runway. There are six runway headings used at City Airport for each landing direction. These are 02,08,14,20,26 and 32. We chose Runway 26, as this is our main runway used approximately 80% of the time. 26 relates to a magnetic heading of 260. degrees.