Manchester Airport strikes three-year sponsorship with Leeds Pride

Manchester Airport has agreed a sponsorship deal with Leeds Pride for a further three years.

The UK’s third biggest airport will be sponsoring the main stage which will now be known as the Manchester Airport San Francisco Stage.

Patrick Alexander, Manchester Airport’s head of marketing, said: “We are delighted to be working with Leeds Pride again to support such a worthwhile event.

“We received such great support and a friendly welcome at last year’s event, so wanted to come back bigger and better for the next few years, to meet and thank the 4.8 million people from Yorkshire who fly from Manchester.

“We are looking forward to continuing to work closely with the Leeds Pride team on what, I am sure, will be a world class event on our Manchester Airport San Francisco stage.”

Liaqat Ali and Alex Hannant from Leeds Pride said: “After the success of last year, we are delighted that Manchester Airport have signed up for three years as main stage sponsors.

“The commitment from them will help Leeds Pride flourish for years to come and we really look forward to working with them.”

Manchester Airport serves more than 27.9 million passengers and flies to more than 220 destinations with in excess of 70 airlines.

Leeds Pride 2018 will take place on August 5.

The main event on the Sunday will include two hours of entertainment in Millennium Square, a parade through the city centre with more than 110 floats, and five hours of entertainment on Lower Briggate to finish off the weekend.

Running since 2006, it is now the largest Pride in the UK to still be a completely free event with more than 40,000 people attending over the weekend.

It is also considered the UK’s friendliest Pride. The celebrations are run by a skilled team of volunteers with close links to local Leeds LGBT+ community and the event is funded through community fundraising, grant funding and sponsorship agreements with national brands.