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Manston air show had its problems, but is this the way forward?

More people went to Manston than on any day for years. There were lots of businesses, big and small, from near and far, out there making money.    With a bit of practice, they could probably manage to get the traffic management more or less right. Manston could become the new Kent County showground. They have the space to run …

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Infratil aims to offload loss-making UK airports

Infratil says it is still trying to sell two airports in Britain, despite passenger numbers improving. The company has been trying to sell Glasgow Prestwick and Kent International airports, which last year lost $10 million, for more than a year. Latest figures show passenger numbers at Glasgow increased 14% in May with more than 118,000 passengers passing through, and the …

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Airbus A380 for training at Manston for three weeks

Manston Airport is due to welcome the world’s largest commercial passenger aircraft for a critical crew training programme. British Airways’ first Airbus A380, a double-decked four Rolls Royce engine jet, will arrive at the Thanet terminal for a period of training in preparation for its launch into service later in the year. Once the A380 training is complete, the airline’s …

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Heathrow closes – TWO planes diverted to Manston

Flights have been diverted via Manston Airport from Heathrow today after a plane was forced to make an emergency landing. Both runways were closed when the British Airways plane caught fire in mid-air shortly after taking off this morning. Two diverted British Airways A320 aircraft – en route to Heathrow from Helsinki and Budapest – landed at Manston. Both flights …

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Airports write-down lead to Infratil profits plunge

The plunging value of for-sale Prestwick airport contributed to a nose dive in its New Zealand owners’ profits, Infratil reported today. The firm said the Ayrshire airport and its sister at Manston in Kent were now together worth £11.4 million compared to £38 million a year ago. They had been valued at £44m in 2011. Infratil said the write-down had …

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Flight Blight

Nobody mentioned the low flying planes before this reader bought a house in Ramsgate. Clearly this was dishonest. It also highlights one of the negative effects that the airport has on the local area. Do any of you have helpful suggestions for our reader? Dear No Night Flights, I wonder if you might be able to help us. We purchased …

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Manston’s rat-plane nose-dives in Dublin

Aptly named Bin Air joins the pantheon of unsavoury and unsafe airlines that are welcome at Manston airport. It would appear that Charles Buchanan, Infratil’s representative on Planet Thanet, is so desperate for business that he’ll do business with anyone. This does nothing for the confidence or peace of mind of those of us who live near the flight path. …

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A hill of beans

Manston was to be barred from importing beans unless it was properly registered. Manston applied for registration and was refused. A few days later, it was accepted. What happened in those few days? Nobody wants to say. Last year, Thanet was shocked to the core to learn that Manston might not be allowed to continue importing Kenyan beans at any …

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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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