I do honestly feel MAN could be to the VS/DL/AF/KL group what DUB is to IAG, which is a good relief hub.
AMS is running out of slots (capped), CDG is, well, CDG and LHR is full until a new runway, which still isn’t guaranteed and even if it does get permission is a good 10 years away.
This means for the group, MAN can offer that growth.
In terms of East, I’d like to think ICN (big student diaspora, growing tourism both ways, a DL JV hub in ICN and a small hub status at MAN means this route has credinance. India may be off the cards until a new feed partner in India can be sought, but if that is gained, both BOM and DEL could surely be looked at. Id like hope that Tokyo can finally be brought to the table, JAL and ANA are noted in the MACC notes as seriously studying MAN, maybe VS could get in there first.
Going west, links to the hub at DTW is most logical, Miami to link into the new cruise venture by Virgin, and Tampa as a way of displacing some MCO capacity (combined with it being a decent sized Delta station too).
Southwards, Cape Town must be in with a shot. I believe it’s a route MT have mulled from MAN for a few years now, it is served from LGW and with the combined customer database of Thomas Cook and Virgin Holidays means it could gain more traction.
So, with ICN/DEL/BOM/NRT/CPT, as well as perhaps a later JFK and MCO given the multiple daily frequency, it could also give a later bank viability.
Obviously these are my own musings, but, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility.
It's great listing all the potential long haul destinations but with what feed?
For every KL, LH, AF, BA, IB, EI, SK etc long haul flight there's half a dozen or short haul flights.
Who is putting on the multiple dailies to EDI, GLA,ABZ, ORK, DUB, BHI, CDG, MRS, LYS, NCE, AMS, BRU, CPH, GOT, OSL ARN, WAW, FRA, MUC, DUS, CGN, HAM, HAJ, STR, TXL, FCO, VCE, MXP, BCN, MAD, SVQ, LIS, OPO, VIE, ZRH, GVA, BSL, ATH, ZAG,
OTP ,PRG, BUD etc?
Flybe provide limited connections and don't have the current capability to expand far into Europe, Easyjet have the most destinations, but not necessarily the frequency for a hub. And we can discount Ryanair providing any non self connecting feed.
If TCX's short haul network is to be considered then it won't be of much use.
The vast majority of TCX's destinations are leisure orientated. Nobody will be doing FUE-MAN-ICN or JMK-MAN-SEA.