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There is an urban myth that keeps popping up along the lines lines that Manston has the longest runway in the UK (or Europe, depending on how mis-informed the speaker is). It doesn't.

(I'm told by people who know about these things that modern aircraft, being more efficient, don't need very long runways anyway.)

NOT the longest runway

There is an urban myth that keeps popping up along the lines lines that Manston has the longest runway in the UK (or Europe, depending on how mis-informed the speaker is). It doesn’t.

(I’m told by people who know about these things that modern aircraft, being more efficient, don’t need very long runways anyway.)


Airport name Usage Length (ft) Surface

London Heathrow Airport

Public

12,799

Asphalt

London Gatwick Airport

Public

10,879

Asphalt/Concrete

MoD Boscombe Down

Military

10,538

Concrete/Asphalt

RAF Brize Norton

Military

10,007

Asphalt

London Stansted Airport

Public

10,000

Asphalt

Manchester Airport

Public

10,000

Concrete/Asphalt

RAF Fairford

Military

9,994

Asphalt

Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome

Private

9,842

Asphalt

Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield

Public

9,491

Asphalt

East Midlands Airport

Public

9,491

Asphalt

RAF Mildenhall

Military

9,221

Concrete/Asphalt

RAF Marham

Military

9,140

Concrete

RAF Wittering

Military

9,052

Asphalt

Kent International Airport (Manston)

Public

9,029

Asphalt/Concrete

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5 comments

  1. It's a man thing comparing the length of runways and it is a pity to debunk the Manston myth as I believe it's one of the few things it can safely brag about.Here's a stock reply to a recent complaint about a very loud low flying aircraft at 00.45 on Saturday night.:"I am sorry that you have found cause to complain about the operation of the Airport and apologise for any disturbance caused. As the operators of Manston, Kents International Airport, we are very conscious of the noise generated by the Airport in the local community. For this reason, Manston has in place operational guidelines for all aircraft operators designed to minimise airport related noise on the community.Your complaint has been investigated and the aircraft concerned was operating in accordance with safe working practice. Details of the Aircraft operating around the time you mention is as follows:-Date:20.11.11Time:Departure 0044Operator/ Aircraft: World Airways MD11 QC2CommentsNight flights occasionally operate at Manston Airport. Such flights have occurred since before the airport was purchased by the current operator and these non scheduled flights are provided for in the Section 106 Planning Agreement in place between the airport and Thanet District Council. Noisy flights, described in the agreement as having a QC above 4 attract a payment into a community fund managed by the Airport Consultative Committee. This process remains active and the airport is compliant with the S106 Agreement.Planning controls in place at Manston allow the irregular movement of aircraft during night-time hours, when a flight suffers a delay to its operation causing it to operate off schedule. This type of activity is permitted as it is essential to allow the aircraft operator to continue its flying programme, not incur further delay to its flying schedule and meet its customers requirements.The Air Traffic Control staff at Manston work hard to ensure that the Noise Abatement Procedures are adhered to as air traffic or weather conditions permit and will continue to monitor flight paths flown. Where necessary and possible, operators will be diverted on to disturbance minimising paths. Whilst we endeavour to avoid noise pollution where possible, our overriding concern is air safety.At Manston, we have made, and will continue to make, substantial investments in our Air Traffic Services facility both in terms of equipment and human resource. This facility provides a comprehensive compliant service, including adherence to our S106 commitments relating to noise abatement. I hope that this information is helpful to you. The details of your complaint will be logged for statistical purposes."Yours sincerelyManston, Kents International Airport http://www.manstonairport.comwww.infratil.com http://www.glasgowprestwick.com http://www.wellington-airport.co.nzWhere will the submitted written information be kept and who is logging it and what are the statistical purposes etc etc.?????

  2. M.S.LOCKWOOD

    It is gratifying to read the published apology and statement from Manston with respect to admitting to noise pollution. Given this admission and their 'fluffing around' statements about noise 'abatement proceedures' they must therefore now be in agreement with the rest of the community that their operations do in fact generate an unnacceptable amount of noise. Given this fact WHY IS IT THEN THAT AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT IS NOT BEING CALLED FOR BY THANET DISTRICT COUNCIL??? Such an assessment should be called for and would assess the impact of all the airports operations.

  3. One wonders what the folk that have complained about the noise from Manston Airport would like to say to employees potentially being made redundant and to the businesses that will be affected should Manston Int’l be closed.http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/19/manston-airport-kent-closure-plans-jobs-risk

  4. Michael Liston

    This odviously relates to when the russian freighters were flying from Manston which they are no longer alowed to do. Other aircraft have not been an issue, I should know as I live directly under the take off and land flight path!

  5. Its a fact that it has nothing whatever to do with the “efficiency” of the modern aircraft that governs the length of a runway. It’s the max take off weight that limits it and the ability of the aircraft to reject a take off and stop before V1