A rainbow heart will feature on one of Thomas Cook Airlines’ planes to mark Manchester Pride’s The Big Weekend.

The airline has teamed up with Manchester airport for third year in a row to sponsor the event.

The A321 aircraft made its first flight with the new rainbow livery last week to Heraklion, and will carry the multi-coloured logo for up to a year.

Thomas Cook Airlines crew can also choose to wear a rainbow logo pin alongside their uniform badge throughout August and September.

Chief airlines officer at Thomas Cook Group, Christoph Debus, said: “This confirms our on-going support of Manchester Pride and its bank holiday celebration The Big Weekend, as well as other pride events across the UK, that celebrate the diverse communities we live and work in. We wanted to do something extra special that our customers could share with us to mark this year’s celebrations.”

Collette Roche, interim managing director of Manchester airport, said: “As co-sponsors of The Big Weekend we are delighted to be the first airport to welcome and see Thomas Cook Airlines’ rainbow heart aircraft take to the skies. I am sure it will prove popular with staff, passengers and aviation enthusiasts alike, as it jets around Europe.”