Yep, Barton is much nearer the city centre than EGCC, costs about a fiver to land and you get a voucher for a free cuppa tea too - try getting THAT sort of service from the other place! Grass runways are short but manageable, if a little bumpy (2 landings for the price of one). About 5 miles from the city centre. Think there's a bus route right outside, but if you can affort to fly over for a meeting, guess a taxi wont be a problem.
I'd be keen to know how much dosh they wanted at MAN too - would life to go in there one day - just to say I've been to my 'local' airport. I belive it's the handling that costs most - not the actual landing fee. Have you contacted the flying school for a quote?
Barton, as already suggested, is the obvious choice but it rather depends on what you are flying. I would be cautious about putting a Mooney down there for instance.
Other options (depending on where you need to end up) are Liverpool and Blackpool. Both will require additional travel I am afraid. Beyond that you are a little restricted. There was a time when Woodfrod was available but sadly no longer.
eg the charges at Manchester from the Airport plc are in fact quite modest for someone able to operate their own a/c on a route served by several airlines offering discounted airfares.
This compares with the high costs charged for sometimes poor service offered by a minority of HA's
By obviously inflating the exchange rate a humourous juxtaposition was rendered beteween the reality of the £sterling figures quoted accurately and the ludicrously inflated conversion to the Euro. (I refrained from using euros the greek slang for piss)
The reader was then prompted to contemplate all the possible scenarios currently being debated in the press about inflationary pressures on UK prices once Gordon Browns convergence criteria are met and the UK joins the rest of Erope with a common currency.
This mirth making notion is exemplified in the hyperbole to which Ipreviously referred.
Hope this helps allow a ghost of a smile to cross your lips.
Yes the quote I received was from NEA and was if I recall correctly, about £120.00 +,+,+. The snag was/is I will be flying a twin, coming in from abroad and probably requiring IFR, so Barton looks out. Anyways the quote went straight to the bin. All kinds of add ons, time of day,parking,security fee!!! It looks like I will pop over to Blckpool - quoted about £60.00.