Airport fortunes looking up

Contributed by editor on Aug 25, 2005 - 11:56 AM



Kent International Airport  has been bought by a New Zealand based company for £17m. 

Infratil who already operate Glasgow Prestwick International airport say that Manston has strong prospects for freight and low-cost regional passenger services. 

The purchase is due to be completed tomorrow (26 August). 

Flights from Manston were grounded after Planestation, the parent company of budget airline EUjet, which operated passenger services,  went into administration in July. 

It is reported that the first services to be reinstated would be freight operations while passenger operations would take longer. The company are are considering passenger services to Spain, Italy and France.

Manston has  2,752 metre runway capable of servicing Boeing 747s and the new Airbus A380s, a recently refurbished passenger terminal presently capable of handling up to 700,000 passengers per annum and a new 3,200m2 cargo facility.