BATTLE OF BRITAIN AIRFIELD TAKES OFF AGAIN
The former Battle of Britain airfield at Manston, near Ramsgate, is again trying to become an international passenger airport when a local package holiday company launches a weekly charter service to the Costa Brava and the Algarve tomorrow (25 May).
Passenger flights were halted last summer when Planestation, the stock market-listed owner of the airport and its main airline EUJet, went bust.
New Zealand group Infratil, bought Kent International out of receivership for Ã‚Â£17m last year. They already own and operate Prestwick airport which is the Scottish home of the budget airline Ryanair.
The company is reckoning on spending Ã‚Â£9m upgrading the Manston runway and control tower and increasing passenger traffic to 350,000 passengers a year in the short term.
There is speculation that low-cost airline Ryanair may be offered terms to run services from the airport, which would help Infratil reach its target of two million passengers a year.