EGNM, we in MAN did not get a 2 daily increase in services therefore, it's hardly surprising that the increase here was less than the decrease at LBA!
Jason, I'm not surprised we don't see them here, though I hope you've noticed them sending in 738s recently:
1st flight: arr. 07.20 dept. 07.50
2nd flight: arr. 10.35 dept. 11.05
3rd flight: arr. 16.45 dept. 17.15
4th flight: arr. 19.20 dept. 19.50
5th flight: arr. 21.10 dept. 21.35
We don't need Ryanair...we ought to aim for better carriers.
As for charges, various snippets from MAN releases:
"Airline Charges - Manchester Stays One Step Ahead
Charges to airlines have been cut for the ninth successive year by Manchester Airport in its continuing quest to improve its competitive position. It is believed that Manchester Airport is unique within the industry in Europe in making these charge reductions.
Runway charges are down by 5.1 per cent, while passenger facilities and aircraft parking charges have dropped by 3.4 per cent in the new charges package, introduced this month.
Date 10/4/2000 "
"Manchester Landed 'Eagle' Award
Manchester Airport today (5th June) landed the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) annual Eagle Award for 'value for money'.
The IATA Eagle Award is given to airports and air traffic services that give 'value for money' to airline customers, that improve productivity and efficiency or find new revenue sources or reduce their dependency on airline charges. The award will be presented today during IATA's annual general meeting/world air transport summit in Sydney, Australia.
Manchester Airport was praised by IATA for successfully reducing its airline charges for the ninth year in a row, by around 30 per cent over the period. Even with the loss of EU duty-free in 1999, the airport continued to reduce its aviation charges this financial year.
"Airport Gears Up For Regulatory Review
As far as airline prices are concerned, Manchester Airport has had a consistent policy of reducing its aviation charges year-on-year: the equivalent of more than 30% over the last decade. It is essential that the airport can reduce charges further to ensure that Manchester remains an attractive and viable airport for existing and future airline operations.
Date 8/3/2002 "
What I believe has happened is the deal brokered in 1999/2000 for Ryanair expires at the end of this year and MAN, having duly noted that Ryanair are one of the most profitable airlines at the moment, have decided not to allow them to dictate terms but rather impose some on them instead i.e. pay more to use MAN like the other airlines do.