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On the bright side, these figures are for the upper limits allowed - it's unlikely that Manston will actually take this many, simply because it's in an inconvenient location.

However, if it gets anything like this number, it would be a useful "experiment" to show everyone what full-time scheduled night flights would be like. Perhaps it would be a good idea to hold the public consultation on night flights after the Olympics...

44 flights a night at Manston?

On the bright side, these figures are for the upper limits allowed – it’s unlikely that Manston will actually take this many, simply because it’s in an inconvenient location.

However, if it gets anything like this number, it would be a useful “experiment” to show everyone what full-time scheduled night flights would be like. Perhaps it would be a good idea to hold the public consultation on night flights after the Olympics…


Hundreds of flights will be allowed to take off and land at Kent’s airports every day during this summer’s Olympics. Manston, Lydd and Rochester have been asked to take a share of the 500,000 international visitors expected during the Games. In total, the airports will have to accept up to around 370 flights a day, as all three will be regulated between July 21 and August 15 to prevent overcrowding at Heathrow.

Manston will operate round the clock to accommodate up to 192 arrivals and departures every day. A maximum of 44 aircraft will use the airport between 10pm and 7am.

As many as 126 planes will take off and land every day at Lydd, 20 of which will leave or arrive at night.

Rochester’s requirement is 56 aircraft a day, although no flights will operate between midnight and 6am.

Airport Coordination Limited, the company responsible for landing slots and schedules, says the majority of visitors will travel on scheduled flights. However, it expects 700 extra charter flights and 3,000 more business jets during July and August, as VIPs make their way to the Games. An estimated 240 state flights will bring political leaders from around the world to London.

kentonline 20th Jan 2012

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  1. The Kent On Line Report did not ask key questions:-1. Booking the allocated slots by airlines has been available since the 5th September 2011..can Manston and TDC tell us how many flights have been scheduled already?2. All capacities are subject to airports individual operating constraints and locally agreed restrictions – so we don't have to accept night flights as a given even during this period.Martin Jefferies has merely succeeded in rattling cages and elliciting poxy vox pops from a very ill-informed jingoistic "readership".

  2. On a more "fun" note I hope we've all made a date in our diaries for Charles Buchanan's "Holiday Show" Family Fun day at Manston on Saturday the 4th Feb…parking is FREE!I suppose this is one way to OCCUPY the terminal!http://www.manstonairport.com/news-and-events/holidayshow2012.html

  3. Do as I do – assume "Oh Dear" is actually Charles Buchanan… makes his comments more fun to read.

  4. craig under the flight path

    HBM, you could be right – after all, he probably has plenty of spare time on his hands; it's not like he has a 'busy' airport to run. I suppose he fits a bit of forum posting in between trawling on-line through the situations vacant.

  5. Dear Oh Dear, are you suggesting that Infratil has (finally) found a buyer for Manston? That would be very good news: a clean start with the planning shambles sorted out and a renegotiated S106 that actually does what it's supposed to – protect the residents.

  6. Troll alert.

  7. Might I suggest Mr Oh Dear, that instead of continually telling people to move, you keep your bigoted opinions to yourself and give the rest of us some peace