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December, 2011

  • 23 December

    Seasoned greetings…

    A reader wrote (to the powers that be):

    Dear All,

    This morning at daft o'clock (21st Dec at 04:30) a noisy jet landed at Manston.

  • 22 December

    Flybe quit Manston: analysis

    Too few passengers

    Flybe's decision makes it absolutely clear – Manston does not have the makings of a successful passenger airport.

    The current owners of Manston airport (Infratil) have always pushed the story that they want Manston to be a mixed passenger and freight airport. We know that Ryanair and easyJet have both examined Manston airport carefully in the past. They both came to the same conclusion: if Manston airport was 10 miles further West, it would have a large enough catchment area to have the potential to succeed as a passenger airport.

  • 22 December

    Flybe quit Manston

    Flybe has said it will not be flying from Manston International Airport in Kent after March. The airline said it would cease operations there at the end of the winter season. Flybe launched its Manston to Edinburgh service in May 2010. Flybe spokesman Niall Duffy said:

    "We tried different routes and the numbers simply weren't there. It's impossible to sustain routes without the passengers.

    Unfortunately for the Manston services it was just impossible to look at those passenger numbers and think that we could sustain the kind of difficulties we were facing.

    It is fair to say that Manston is one of the airports with the smaller catchment areas in the United Kingdom, and you have Gatwick not too far away."

  • 20 December

    Clive Hart, night flights and pre-election pledges

    Here's a snippet from a recent interview with Clive Hart shortly after he managed to take leadership of the Council from Bob Bayford. The rest of the article, which you can read by clicking the link below, covers a wide range of topics of interest to Margate, Ramsgate and the rest of the Thanet.

    This excerpt is about night flights, and is therefore of interest to a lot of North East Kent. I think Clive Hart is being overly cautious about the tricky question of predetermination, which is fine. What I am more concerned about is his apparent inability to deliver the whole of his party when it comes to a vote on night flights.

  • 15 December

    Quick question

    A reader writes:

    Have recently become more involved in NNF's campaign. Much to digest and eventually understand. Have emailed Manston, MP/councillors about recent flights - as per your website advice.

    What I don't quite understand at the moment is - when flights do come over during the restricted hours - who/which organisation has responsibility to decide if they are operating outside of the current agreement/legislation and then who/what organisation then places fines etc onto Infratil?

    Thank you for your time.


    Hmmm... good questions, which highlight the shortcomings of the current S106 agreement between the Council and the airport.

  • 15 December

    Thanet the Movie: Welcome to the Casting Couch

    The Hollywood moguls are salivating and the sets are being built - "Thanet the Movie" is underway. All that's left is the casting.

    We already have a number of front runners, as you can see below, but we would like your help with some more suggestions. You can find more pictures of TDC counsellors here, Kent councillors here and here, you can add suggestions in the comments below, and you can send us pictures (jpegs) of your suggested lookalikes here.

    Please don't restrict yourselves to Councillors - every notable character in Thanet and East Kent will have a role in this blockbuster!

    Cllr Clive Hart: George Clooney

  • 12 December

    Manston to stop fuelling Iran Air: pure coincidence?

    nothing to do with recent publicity

  • 9 December

    Manston’s Hall of Shame

    Here’s a brand new service from the nice people at NoNightFlights… As well as the easy to use Complain! page, you now have another outlet for your screams of rage, whimpers of frustration, table-thumping, etc, etc. Pop over to the Hall of Shame page and let rip…

  • 8 December

    Being hung might be the best outcome

    "May you live in interesting times" ran the old Chinese curse, and it appears that Thanet may be about to overdose on political "interest".

    The local election in May left Thanet with a more-or-less hung council: 27 Conservative, 26 Labour and 3 Independents. In exchange for chairmanship of their preferred committees, the Indies backed Cllr Bayford's bid for leadership - oh well, at least it was naked self-interest, rather than anything underhand...

  • 8 December

    Life under the flight path: 2

    A reader writes: I recently was speaking with a woman and we got on to the topic of the airport, not from a political anti-airport point of view, just mums chatting at a toddler group. She told me about her washing! Funny little burn holes in her washing whilst it hangs on the line and she asked if we thought …