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Old 2nd Feb 2011, 21:38
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Runway project

Runway rehabilitation project is presently installing the HV ring main which will feed the new lighting system, and building the substation to power it beside the radar tower near the road tunnels. Installation of new runway/approach lights begins in May, with new surface in June/July.

MAN canvassed pilot opinion on the preferred layout for the replacement approach lighting last year. This came out overwhelmingly in favour of retaining the 5-crossbar 'Calvert' system over the more common (worldwide) 2-crossbar ICAO standard system.

05R/23L will see plenty of use overnight this year, and we await CAA approval of the GNSS (P-RNAV) approach to 23L which will supplement the VOR/DME procedure. L.E.D. runway centreline lights are also to be trialled on 23L over the next few weeks, and if successful will be adopted in the re-lighting of 05L/23R.
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Old 2nd Feb 2011, 22:10
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Going Loco - at least my bandwidth occasionally has some relevance !

Please at least support your criticism with something worth debating !

My comments re Manchester being a regional city or a provincial city is totally irrelevant in the context of the re introduction of RYR service at Manchester so what exactly is your point ?

The only observation that came close to being a serious comment in your last posting simply comfirmed a limited approach to factual debate...

"is it better for MAN to have 18m passengers at 10 per pax profit or 25m passengers at 5 per pax profit" My God what a stupid, stupid question !

I would go for a stroll, suck a Wurthers and pop back when you have something factual to say which makes a positive or indeed negative contribution to the thread. At least we we can then argue the points seriously !
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Old 2nd Feb 2011, 23:05
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Roverman - very detailed knowledge.

Methinks you are close to the action!

Could be some interesting arrivals to watch on 23L in the early hours of the summer months!
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Old 3rd Feb 2011, 01:31
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Surely the CAA would have something to say about not using the Calvert system that is UK standard, if the scenario were that MAG in their almighty wisdom decided to use it...?

I could be wrong of course, it might not be a solid regulation but every other major airport in the UK uses it so I assumed it would be.
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Old 3rd Feb 2011, 10:42
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http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/m.../January10.pdf

Up by 5.48% in Jan 2011.
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Old 3rd Feb 2011, 11:03
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That`s more like it, lets hope these figures are sustained


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Old 3rd Feb 2011, 11:14
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It snowed, a lot, in Jan 2010.
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Old 3rd Feb 2011, 11:19
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Aerodrome characteristics

kdhurst380,

Although the UK has its own standards for aerodrome characteristics (CAP 168) these are based on ICAO Annex 14 with a few differences, of which the Calvert system is one. The CAA cannot refuse approval to anything which complies with Annex 14, although may ask the aerodrome operator to justify the difference through a safety case/ aeronautical study. This will increasingly be the case as we move to EASA certification of aerodrome standards. MAN considered the options for approach lighting, there are benefits with both, and ultimately acted on customer preference.
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Old 3rd Feb 2011, 11:25
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FWIW - to take the snow of Jan 2010 out of the equation, in Jan 2009 MAN dealt with 1,191,340 passengers and in Jan 2008 it was 1,329,326.
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Old 3rd Feb 2011, 11:32
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It snowed a lot in December also last year and pax were still up so I guess
figures still quite good

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Old 3rd Feb 2011, 12:16
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A380

My Dad flew out on the A380 on 8th January and he said there were no problems what so ever, no overcrowding and everything ran smoothly.
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Old 3rd Feb 2011, 17:10
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Going back several pages, I agree that we will have to differ on MAG's approach to making their business public.

But just to reassure you that something is going on, I am told that there was an article in a recent Plane Talk noting that t'management had been to see Theresa Villiers (Ministress of Planes) a few times to discuss matters of interest. It also said how impressed she was with Manchester, but little else.

And here is a link to an article in the MEN at the weekend about APD

Airport lobbies against departure tax increase - Manchester Evening News


As for FR, I'm sure the Airport considered the impact on other airlines before doing the deal. They certainly did in the early days of lo-cos and didn't embrace them - which became the subject of a lot of criticsm here and elsewhere. If EZY had been thinking of MAD, I would have hoped that they shared their aspirations with the Airport first. But at the end of the day the Airport have a business to run and you can't please everyone all the time. And of course it sustains debate by all of us armchair experts who don't know the full picture

Personally I believe MO'Ls talk of a base at MAN is all hot air but it makes good headlines of course. Just look at how volatile the airline is, developing bases and then moving out in a relatively short period. Don't think MAN would want that; better to develop sustainable routes and services and look after all the customer airlines as best you can.

With FR on T2, I assume the inbound DUB pax will have to use the corridor used originally when they were in T2 to avoid the Border Control passport control?

Will the other flights use the main terminal stands with pax walking up and down the stairs (only one airbridge so destroys the quick turnaround times), or will the pax be bussed from/to remote stands? I assume a combination of both depending on what else is around?

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Old 3rd Feb 2011, 17:18
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Both Ryanair and Easyjet operated Liverpool - Madrid for a while then FR dropped it as loads were poor. Will flying MAN - MAD make a big difference?
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Old 3rd Feb 2011, 17:34
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I wonder if the recent move by Ryanair to serve MAN-MAD will spur easyjet to operate MAN-MAD anyway?
They have had the whole north-west market share at LPL to themselves for a good few years now, and I doubt they will want those loads to be lost to Ryanair.
With Ryanair only 4 weekly, Im sure there is scope for a carrier to operate a daily shedule (Easy 7 weekly Ryanair 4 weekly), or, if the ryanair base does ever come to fruitition, they will add to the schedule with a MAN based frame?
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Old 3rd Feb 2011, 17:41
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If Easyjet did operate MAD daily from MAN then you can be sure FR would up it to daily as well.
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Old 3rd Feb 2011, 21:13
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New Manchester Airport Air Traffic Control Tower

YouTube - New Manchester Airport Air Traffic Control Tower

"near the fire station". Something's got to go?
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Old 3rd Feb 2011, 21:22
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betablockeruk, nothing is moving, there is a huge area of grass between the fire station and the entrance to the hangars where the tower is going to be
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Old 3rd Feb 2011, 21:40
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betablockeruk, nothing is moving, there is a huge area of grass between the fire station and the entrance to the hangars where the tower is going to be
If you look on Google earth, that area of green grass you mention is not actually that large. Any construction there could cause wingtip clearance issues.
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Old 3rd Feb 2011, 22:15
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I dont know why we are questioning the placement of the new tower, do you honestly thing MAG would spend millions on a project that is going to cause wingtip problems, I dont think so !

I think its fantastic news that the airport is once again looking forward and investing in the future, all we need now is the new runway finishing off with a complete taxiway system.
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Old 3rd Feb 2011, 23:06
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do you honestly think MAG would spend millions on a project that is going to cause wingtip problems
Obviously, but take a look for yourself, the grass area at the entrance would no be sufficient to construct a tower and maintain wingtip clearances of widebodies entering the hanger area. As I understood the plan a few years ago, it was mentioned at the time that the new tower would be on the site of the fire station with a new station built elsewhere.
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