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One of my airline clients has an Antonov, the noisiest freight aircraft in the world. Can I land this at Manston in the middle of the night?

No problem!

Sleep-shattering noise? Grand. Fine.

Ruritanian-based airport operator Infidel has thrown caution to the wind and is sniffing around Thanet, looking for an airport to buy.

Instead of, ahem, doing any proper research to find out if Manston is financially viable, they’ve sent us a few questions about what they would be allowed to do. Read on…


One of my airline clients has an Antonov, the noisiest freight aircraft in the world. Can I land this at Manston in the middle of the night?

No problem!

You’re right, though – the Antonov is exceptionally noisy and is rated at QC4.

According to the S106, this means that landing it in the dead of night will attract a £1,000 fine.

Mind you, the fines haven’t been increased in the last ten years, and £1,000 isn’t what it used to be.

And when you bear in mind that a freight delivery is worth about £200,000 the fine isn’t much of a problem, really.

I ask you – where else could you get away with this?

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