Infratil’s silver-tongued spinners at Maxim PR told the world that Manston currently handled “33,000 tonnes of freight” when they trumpeted Infrapenny’s MasterPlan
(8th Oct 2008).
Looks like an over-active optimism gland, or a misty-eyed remembrance of times past, or possibly even a typo. The last time Manston handled that much freight in a 12 month period was October 2003-September 2004. The closest they’ve got recently was May 2007-April 2008 with 32,061 tonnes. According to the CAA’s figures.
And for the sake of completeness, monthly:
“KIA is currently operating at a fraction of its potential and is not a sustainable business at current traffic levels.” Matt Clarke, Chief Executive Infratil, 5th February 2009