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Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Tue Aug 30, 2005 7:16 pm

And the winner of the Barking Mad Optimist Award is........

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/4193304.stm
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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Tue Aug 30, 2005 7:22 pm

 rotfl  Yea, nice reporting there BBC  bigthumbsup 

I doubt that receiving a few Ryanair 738's will be as succesful as the many airlines and aircraft at LHR!

Rob!  Smile
 
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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Tue Aug 30, 2005 7:28 pm

I think they are just talking about being successful in Kent, not the whole of the south east, so not more than LHR.
 
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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Tue Aug 30, 2005 7:38 pm

Quoting Richardw (Reply 2):
I think they are just talking about being successful in Kent, not the whole of the south east, so not more than LHR.

The quote being....

God willing, we will have the most successful airport in the South East of England.

Well that means more than just Kent to me. and if not, well the most successful airport in Kent means being bigger and better than.....erm... i'm struggling here.

Perhaps he plans to overtake LGW  Wink
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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Tue Aug 30, 2005 7:40 pm

I hope Manston is succesful, it would be nice to see that little airport take off!

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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Tue Aug 30, 2005 9:51 pm

As airport now owned by company that also runs Glasgow Prestwick a major Ryanair Base, wonder if Ryanair will start flying to Manston? any thoughts?
next flights : BD LHR-TXL J, FR SXF-STN Y, SN BRU-LHR Y, MA LHR-BUD Y, BA BUD-LHR J, BA LCY-SNN-JFK J, BA JFK-LHR J, BA
 
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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Tue Aug 30, 2005 9:58 pm

Quoting BY188B (Reply 5):
As airport now owned by company that also runs Glasgow Prestwick a major Ryanair Base, wonder if Ryanair will start flying to Manston? any thoughts?

Well they mention attracting Ryanair in the text. Not convinced there's the demand for it to be a major FR base though.
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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Tue Aug 30, 2005 10:03 pm

Quoting Cornish (Reply 6):
Not convinced there's the demand for it to be a major FR base though.

If EUJet struggled to fill their 100(ish) seater F100s, FR will struggle to fill their larger 738's. That said, FR's publicity machine may be somewhat more succesful.

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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Tue Aug 30, 2005 10:20 pm

Quoting 7LBAC111 (Reply 7):
If EUJet struggled to fill their 100(ish) seater F100s, FR will struggle to fill their larger 738's. That said, FR's publicity machine may be somewhat more succesful.

If there's a LCC market to be found, FR will find it. Maybe a few flights from ex-UK bases like Dublin, Girona, etc at most. But can't see much more to be honest.

Anyone know if ANY of EuJet's routes were doing particularly well, or were they all pretty empty?
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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Tue Aug 30, 2005 10:26 pm

Remember NOW AIRLINES - the Manston based carrier that never was? Was going to launch service to Spain, France, Portugal etc and was going to be a fixed fare airline in the summer of 04.

Isn't Manston quite successful as a cargo and maintenance base?
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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Tue Aug 30, 2005 10:28 pm

Quoting BHXFAOTIPYYC (Reply 9):
Remember NOW AIRLINES - the Manston based carrier that never was?

I don't think NOW was ever going to be based at Manston - it was planning to start from London Luton.
 
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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Tue Aug 30, 2005 10:30 pm

Quoting BHXFAOTIPYYC (Reply 9):
Remember NOW AIRLINES - the Manston based carrier that never was?

I think NOW "was" going to be based at LTN.
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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Tue Aug 30, 2005 11:08 pm

Backfire + Pilt kaz, I think you guys are right. They were going to do LTN Lisbon. But there was another one that was going to fly Manston / Faro - it was purple and had a Union Jack on the tale. If that wasn't Now, what the heck was it?
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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Tue Aug 30, 2005 11:32 pm

Manston could do well for FR in the same way that BLK does.

Certainly nowhere to base an entire operation, but a few chosen flights a day are a possibility if timed right. The EUJet problem was that all their operations were centred around Manston, whereas Ryaniar would be flying it as just a destination from other operating bases like DUB

Having said all that, I'm so glad Manston is secure as it is an important airfield for many reasons, including an important diversion location close to the south-east corridor.
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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Wed Aug 31, 2005 1:30 am

Quote:
Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Excuse me????
 
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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Wed Aug 31, 2005 1:35 am

There is no mention of LHR in the article. Rubbish.
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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Wed Aug 31, 2005 1:46 am

Would it be possible for Manston to be linked on the high speed railline between London and the continent? That might make it more appealing to people from the greater London area.
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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Wed Aug 31, 2005 1:53 am

Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 16):
Would it be possible for Manston to be linked on the high speed railline between London and the continent?.

Oh yes... after a public enquiry lasting 10 years and costing £5 billion..... Smile
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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Wed Aug 31, 2005 2:21 am

Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 16):
Would it be possible for Manston to be linked on the high speed railline between London and the continent? That might make it more appealing to people from the greater London area.

That's a big problem for Manston... they have no public transport other than a little Island Hopper bus that goes to Margate(?)

I seriously believe that package holidays should be available from MSE... maybe base a couple of FCA or MON A320s there. That way people booking their holidays would be "told" that they are to fly from Manston, leaving them little choice but to go there...

There used to be plans of a FCA trip to Lapland this Christmas... perhaps the start of something? Or is that being too optimistic of my local airport?  cheeky 
 
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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Wed Aug 31, 2005 6:31 am

Quoting Backfire (Reply 10):
Quoting BHXFAOTIPYYC (Reply 9):
Remember NOW AIRLINES - the Manston based carrier that never was?

I don't think NOW was ever going to be based at Manston - it was planning to start from London Luton.

Correct, they were planning an operation based at LTN were all seats on all flights to destinations in different 'zones' were the same price.

Quoting Aa777jr (Reply 15):
There is no mention of LHR in the article. Rubbish.

May I suggest you familiarise yourself with the geography of South East England before making such a ill-though comment. It is clearly a topic posted with a certain amount of jest.

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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Wed Aug 31, 2005 6:42 am

Quoting Aa777jr (Reply 15):
There is no mention of LHR in the article. Rubbish.

According to my geographical knowledge LHR is in the South-East of England, therefore saying Manston could be the most successful airport in the South-East implies it could be more successful than LHR! Please correct me if I'm wrong!

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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Wed Aug 31, 2005 6:43 am

Manston bigger than Biggin Hill, that other Kentish airport - or is it an Airport of Kent? (It depends on which side of the River Medway it is located.) Well, that could just be possible!
 
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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Wed Aug 31, 2005 8:27 am

The new owners Infratil also own Norwich Airport - which they recently took over from Norwich City Council.

Within weeks of them taking over the airport they agreed new flights with FlyBE and Air Wales also started new services.

They must know something about the LCC market and I think it will not be too long before a LCC does agree to set up a small base from the airport. I can only see a small number of flights starting there with maybe 2 737's based there.

ThomsonFly to me seems like a likely candidate as they like flying from unused airports and will give them an opportunity to tap into the market in the Southeast of the UK.
 
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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Wed Aug 31, 2005 6:42 pm

Well, Air Salvage will see alot of Ryanairs retiring 732's there soon so yeah, the BBC are right in one respect!
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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Wed Aug 31, 2005 9:04 pm

BHXFAOTIPYYC - I remember this airline as well. I can't remember the name, but it began with an "m" and Lila design did the livery. They were going to fly 738's around Europe.
 
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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Wed Aug 31, 2005 9:18 pm

MAMA airlines! Whatever happened to them...? I believe they were actually mentioned in an old Airliner World article about MSE!

It had a strange light pink colourscheme if I remember rightly...



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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Wed Aug 31, 2005 9:30 pm

Quoting Cornish (Reply 3):
God willing, we will have the most successful airport in the South East of England.

There is also LGW and at a push SOU in SE England so it is also saying that it will over-take them!!

Can I have some of what they're smoking!  Wink

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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Wed Aug 31, 2005 9:58 pm

Well done Vasu .... it was Mama indeed.. thanks, that's been bothering me since yesterday !!  bigthumbsup 
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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Wed Aug 31, 2005 10:42 pm

Quoting Aa777jr (Reply 15):
There is no mention of LHR in the article. Rubbish.

I believe the quote was: God willing, we will have the most successful airport in the South East of England.

Well as I live a stone's throw from LHR, I can inform you here and now that LHR is well and truly the largest airport in the South East of England, and LGW is in fact the closest airport to Manston.

And yes the post was somewhat in jest at a ridiculous statement from the counciller...
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RE: Manston To Be More Successful Than Heathrow?!

Thu Sep 01, 2005 2:37 am

Gilesdavies

Infratil does not have any connection with Norwich. The owners of Norwich however used to have a share in Prestwick until Infratil bought them out.

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