Update on those 44 Olympic night flights – Charles Buchanan accepts the reality of supply and demand! Let’s see how much demand there is for Manston…
Regional airports prepare for Olympic flight rush
Hundreds of flights will be allowed to take off and land at Kent’s airports – including Manston – 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 21 July and 15 August to prevent overcrowding at Heathrow.
Manston could operate round the clock and could accommodate a maximum of 192 arrivals and departures every day, of which 44 could be at night – however, Charles Buchanan, chief executive of airport owners Infratil, stressed:
“That is a maximum figure – what transpires will clearly be a case of supply and demand”
Kent Messenger Thanet