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Old 6th Mar 2022, 13:01
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Manston Reactivating ?

A friend of a friend who lives in Thanet said that there's talk of Manston reopening due to the current world situation. I can't see it myself as it would involve too much infrastructure to be quickly implemented. Perhaps it's just wishful thinking and a rumour started, as they do. Wasn't it being used as a truck park for brexit delayed HGV's lately ??
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Old 6th Mar 2022, 15:46
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There's a new railway station called 'Thanet Parkway' currently being constructed between Minster & Ramsgate, which is to serve Kent International Airport, Discovery Park and other development sites around Cliffsend; a chap I follow on YouTube produced a video very recently that has a bit more detail about it:


As for the airport itself, the plans that RiverOak Strategic Partners (RSP) currently have would see MSE re-opened "...as a global freight hub, enabling the airport to fulfil its role in helping the UK trade across the globe and to import vital and time-sensitive goods...", and taking into account the fact that the new train station above isn't due to open until May 2023, it's unlikely that any passenger flights will resume anytime soon.

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Old 6th Mar 2022, 15:47
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A friend of a friend who lives in Thanet said that there's talk of Manston reopening due to the current world situation. I can't see it myself as it would involve too much infrastructure to be quickly implemented. Perhaps it's just wishful thinking and a rumour started, as they do. Wasn't it being used as a truck park for brexit delayed HGV's lately ??
As much as Id love to see Manston return to service, there are no short term plans that I can see anywhere for it to reopen.

What would the current world situation have to do with it reopening anyway? The plan is/was for it to be primarily a freight hub.
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Old 6th Mar 2022, 16:21
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Is that Riverpark plan still going? Maybe they've seen an opportunity to get the name back in the news?

Sure if there is the need for sit freight because of the 'world situation' there is still plenty of spare capacity in the UK system - that international airport 20 miles north for example?
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Where's the Doctor when you need him?

Manston isn't going to reopen - its the BREXIT lorry park
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Old 7th Mar 2022, 12:03
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As much as I’d love to see Manston return to service, there are no short term plans that I can see anywhere for it to reopen.

What would the current world situation have to do with it reopening anyway? The plan is/was for it to be primarily a freight hub.
Me too! I was there last summer hoping to have a look at the old terminal, but it had become a covid vaccination centre, so was off-bounds for those not partaking. As I said in my OP, I couldn't see it realistically happening. The 'world situation' might have been a reference to worsening conditions in Europe if the present conflict got out of hand and a, perhaps freight, hub would be needed that was close, yet away. That said, there are enough airports in the UK with freight facilities already. Oh well, Thanet gossip (unfounded) ;-)
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Saw a Facebook post last week that suggested there was a petition going round to reopen Manston .. dunno who has started it though, or who they are petitioning.
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Or in advance of becoming RAF Manston once again for when the Russians reach Calais?
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Or in advance of becoming the first Russian air base on English soil when the Russians reach Folkestone?

They've probably got a Group Ticket on Eurostar
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With the 'Boat Season' starting again soon, it'd make a great illegal immigrant camp.
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There is a petition on www.change.org started by Jeremy Godwin with 1,173 signatures to "Campaign to Open Manston Airport" apparently directed to "The Airlines".
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Dear old Roger Gale MP (ex pirate radio disc jockey) is leading the way, I wonder why?
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DCO granted (again)

https://infrastructure.planninginspe...nston-airport/
Again the go ahead is given to reopen.
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Great news for the area and spotters!!
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Old 19th Aug 2022, 10:05
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I’m all in favour of retaining as much airport infrastructure in the UK as possible but I can’t help but feel that the projections are a bit optimistic. The blurb talks of “at least 10,000 air freight movements per year”. That’s getting close to 30 a day which seems a lot.
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Willy, I note that from the projections 10000 per year is approx. 28 per day, meaning 14 in and 14 out. Not so many considering the opening hours are said to be 7 am to 11pm.
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Willy, I note that from the projections 10000 per year is approx. 28 per day, meaning 14 in and 14 out. Not so many considering the opening hours are said to be 7 am to 11pm.
Business is all about matching supply and demand. Nobody is disputing the capacity side of the equation.
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Old 29th Aug 2022, 13:24
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I agree to a certain extent Dave. However, business is also about spotting an opportunity and exploiting it. As far as freight is concerned, I cannot see a company building 19 aircraft stands if they don't have some plans to ensure they are utilised. As far as pax are concerned, we must also remember that EUJet, before they were canned, were carrying 30,000 pax per month, increasing. If you want the figures they are all available on the CAA website.

As far as demand is concerned, Manston would be serving the most populous corner of the UK and can count South London, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and parts of Essex within it's catchment.
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UK commercial aviation needs consolidation, not more mickey mouse airports and airlines diluting the market, often also at the tax payers expense.
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Old 29th Aug 2022, 15:05
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I'm sure I heard a local from Doncaster (overheard whilst in a queue) that Robin Hood Airport is closing and that would affect the cargo operators there who would need a new hub and logistics solution. Perhaps more of the MM airports will follow suit through no fault of their own ? Anywhere that can offer 24/7 operations would be safe obviously, so Manston would have that as well. I had also read somewhere that all regional UK airports were slated for closure by 2030 to follow the edicts of the WEF, so depending on how seriously that would be followed the "UK commercial aviation needs consolidation, not more mickey mouse airports" wish might happen. Who knows ? Not the man in the street, that's for sure!
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