My God. The lack of any coherant long-term air travel policy is really going to fruition now.
Instead of opening up a new, and unnessecary airport, why wasn't LBA
's runway extended? Extend the runway, improve apron space, give it a train station (a rail line runs very close to the airport), improve road links, and you have the only other major airport you need in the North of England, after MAN
. Instead of charter airlines splitting operations between MAN
and Finningly, they could be spread between two airport, which would be better for the airlines and passengers. What happens when a based aircraft goes tech at LBA
(and soon Finningly)? Passengers are bussed to MAN
- not satisfactory for the airline or passengers. With two large centres of operations, there could be two real choices for charter passengers, rather than the situation which WILL arrise where MAN
will be the first choice, with LBA
and Finningly a lucky guess - where you have to hope the charter airline your flying by is operating flights to your destination from that airport this season.
As a cargo airport, it's a non-starter, EMA
is too close.
As with Sheffield "International", the powers that be have yet again shown they haven't a clue