The transport infrastructure of Manchester, the fifth most populous city in Great Britain located at the foot of the Pennines on the River Irwell, is built up of numerous transport modes and includes air transportation. Manchester Airport was put into operation in 1938, and nowadays it is the fourth largest international airport in the country by passenger traffic. During the WWII it was the Royal Air Force's base, which eventually reverted to a civilian airport. In 1972 the airport obtained necessary licences and became Manchester International Airport. Ever-growing passenger traffic called forth the airport expansion and infrastructure upgrade, including runways, terminals and transport links to Manchester and other English cities. Nowadays the airport has three terminals, a train station, shops, parking lots and a hotel. It serves scheduled European, transcontinental, charter and seasonal flights and handles cargo and mail. One can get from the airport to the city by various means of ground transport, such as railway, buses and taxi.
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