Boeingluvr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3960 times:
Alright so here's a good question for everyone. Every airport around London seems to be under massive or has had massive expansion such as Luton, Stansted, Gatwick etc... I've been curious as to why there has been no Manston expansion. I know it may not be right in the London area but with a train service and some development it could take some pressure and ease off of the other airports that have ever increasing traffic stats. I'm not sure perhaps it isn't economical but with a new terminal and some transportation I'm sure that'd be a great airport in Kent for the LCC's to start flying in and out of. Granted this may be stupid or some of you amy think I'm a retard or idiot for asking this and maybe there's something else behind this I'm not sure of. But I just thought that may be a good idea. They have such a long runway, I'm sure it wouldn't be a bad idea to have another Bournemouth (Hurne) airport or Luton or Stansted on the southern coast in Kent. I randomly see Virgin and BA and some others doing training in their 744's and A340's but that seems to be all that goes on there. Any comments?
Boeingluvr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3914 times:
I can see the sense you're making from this. It was just a question. I just thought with the train service already in th UK that perhaps a train service to there would be beneficial in some way but I do realize it would cost a lot and maybe there is no point to it. And I doubt the reason they are not doing it is due to the expansion to the other London airports. They expand to meet capacity and traffic but I can't see that being the reason for Manston not being looked at. Is it basically just used as a training airport or is there any other purposes that Manston is regularily used for?
Vasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 4094 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3891 times:
Another forum spoke of Manston as a UK REGIONAL airport. Apparently the airport has sent out questionnaires with a series of routes (Off hand I believe MAN, DUB, EDI were on there). Apparently a British airline is in talks with MSE...
Let the speculation begin!
I'm personally not believing it to be FlyBe... maybe Eastern...?
MSE did actually used to be called "London Manston" despite it's distance. I think it's trouble is it's stuck out in the middle of nowhere with no decent road or rail links to be a viable business. EUJet tried and failed, although recently some charters have been operating. Monarch were supposed to be operating a widebody to Norfolk, Virginia IIRC but it fell through due to lack of interest.
I believe that there is quite a NIMBY oposition to expansion as the town of Ramsgate is right at one end of the runway:
It's a bit like the not too far away Lydd (London Ashford) Airport which was having it's runway extended for 737 operations, but nothing seems to have come of this either and last I heard they were making a round of redundancies.
While it would be nice to see services revived at MSE I can't help but think it's not going to happen. Freight operations seem to be going from strength to strength however.
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Humberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4943 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3647 times:
Quoting RussianJet (Reply 5): Quoting Boeingluvr (Reply 4):
Is it basically just used as a training airport or is there any other purposes that Manston is regularily used for?
Cargo and aid flights.
Plus three passenger charters a week in summer
MSE is really only suitable as a passenger airport to serve the needs of East Kent - a small LoCo operation to the main Spanish destinations, DUB, EDI, AMS, JER and Poland probably could work, but nothing more. Cargo wise there is more potential to act as London area airport
Boeingluvr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3559 times:
Looking at that map and the last time I was there, it seems as though there is tonnes of potential for expansion at least for cargo ops, if not also more commercial routes. It wouldn't surprise me at all. Doesn't have to be considered a London A/P but could service southern Kent quite well for both cargo and commercial service. What a great approach too. Right over the coast of Southern Kent on short final!! I'd love to fly into Manston.