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. Posh people’s planes.
If they happen, KLM flights would be leaving at about 6am, according
to Charles. Of course, the problem with that is that they would still
count as scheduled night flights, in breach of the S106.
Passenger numbers have fallen to the point where it’s almost a
personalised air taxi service. Cargo remains at the same level it’s been
Nonetheless, through thick and thin, Manston is “very committed to working with our local community”, providing raffle prizes for local charity quiz nights and so on.