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BBC Radio Kent airport debate in Rochester

BBC Radio Kent is hosting a debate on airport expansion. A panel will come together at Cliffe Memorial Hall near Rochester on 30th October with doors opening at 18:00 GMT. The panellists will be: Daniel Moylan, the Mayor of London’s Aviation Advisor Councillor Alan Jarrett, Deputy Leader of Medway Council John Grant, Executive Vice President of aviation experts, OAG Charles …

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Gilbey slams the gutless

But there’s no hint who he might be talking about. Or what they’ve done. At the recent Executive meeting, Canterbury Council Leader John Gilbey laid into someone or other. He was clearly disappointed that they weren’t there to take their medicine – maybe their invitation didn’t arrive in time. OK, well I’m going to say something else now which I’d …

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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."

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Manston makes night-time submission

A Kent airport has resubmitted its proposals for night flights. Manston airport, near Ramsgate, has asked Thanet Council for permission to run at least six flights between 11pm and 7am. Bosses said the plans would create around 3,000 jobs by 2018 and are vital for the long-term future of the company. Charles Buchanan, Chief Executive at Manston, commented:

"For the airport to be commercially viable in the longer term and deliver for Kent what other airports have done for their regions, it is vital that we are allowed to compete in terms of the operating hours."

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TDC and Infratil: “no contact”

Well, well. The Chairman of KIACC (the consultative group for Kent International Airport) has forwarded a number of very good questions from the general public to Richard Samuel at TDC. The gist of it, unsurprisingly, is: what on earth is going on? Have a look at the exchange and see how many of KIACC's questions TDC answered...

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Reprieve for The Downs

It’s been a long time coming, but the penny has finally dropped. The unloved and unlovely development plans for the Downs are being ditched on the recommendation of the council’s Leisure people. This should be confirmed at the meeting of the Executive on 12th August at 6:30pm in The Guildhall, Westgate, Canterbury – it’s a public meeting, so do feel …

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