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Manston closure: press coverage and video clips

Budget Day 2014 – a good day to bury bad news. Ann Gloag’s timing means that the clock stops ticking for Manston as an airport on 10th May Manston Manston’s website: Manston’s official press statement: “Following a meeting with staff at Manston Airport in Kent today, Wednesday 19th March, we can confirm we have commenced a process of consultation over …

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Why throw good money at bad airport?

In the hope of finding why KCC are peeing our money away, we’ve asked Sharon Dawson (top banana at Visit Kent) some simple and obvious questions. We’ll let you know what, if anything, comes of them. Dear Ms Dawson, I understand that Visit Kent has been given £100,000 of public money in order to ‘market’ KLM flights at Manston.  My …

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Council throws good money at bad airport

KCC + KLM + KIA = WTF Getting a straight answer out of KCC is hard at the best of times – even with the legal leverage of the Freedom of Information Act it can take months. But it’s usually worth the wait, and the dogged persistence is rewarded. And let’s not forget, anything that’s released under the FoI Act …

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Game-changer – Manston to stop being an airport

Manston and Prestwick have proved hard to sell. Unsurprisingly. Infratil wants to sell them because they’re failures – and that’s why they’re hard to sell. Infratil has been losing millions every year, for years, and they’re eager to staunch the flow. The penny seems to have dropped that these two failed airports would be easier to sell… if they weren’t …

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KLM-Manston: reactions

Reactions from Sir Roger Gale MP, Laura Sandys MP, Sandra Matthews-Marsh (chief executive at Visit Kent), David Foley (east Kent Chamber of Commerce chief executive), Cllr Bob Bayford (Thanet Conservative Group), and Cllr Clive Hart (Leader of Thanet District Council).

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KLM-Manston: analysis

Regular readers will recall that the last time KLM showed any interest in Manston, they were being lured by the promise of £600,000 - money which Manston and KCC were trying to prise out of the Government's Regional Growth Fund. The Government said "No", and KLM faded into the background. I do hope this new service isn't being subsidised from the public purse (national, county or district).

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Charles Buchanan’s brave face

Every now and then Charles Buchanan reports to KIACC (the airport’s consultative committee). These reports are usually a rattling good read, if only to pick out the bits where a favourable gloss is put on the less than lovely truth. The airport sale seems to be in the doldrums. The Olympics were a wash-out, although some planes parked at Manston. …

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All aboard the 4.20am flight to Amsterdam?

Let’s have a quick look at the latest exciting news to come from Manston airport. The suggestion is that KLM’s decision as whether or not to run a twice a day service between Manton and Schipol will be influenced (but not decided) by the response to Manston’s online survey. Charles Buchanan says that KLM would have a plane parked at …

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