NIGHT FLIGHTS WOULDN’T MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO FLYBE

The Flybe Airline say that being allowed more night flights would NOT not make a difference to their decision to pull out of Manston Airport in March.

When Flybe made its decision at the end of last year, aiport boss Charles Buchanan said: “The decision by Flybe reinforces the need for the airport’s proposals for limited and managed scheduled night-time flights to be agreed with Thanet District Council in order to compete with other national and regional airports.”

But Flybe’s statement to Thanet Watch on Friday 20th January flatly contradicts the suggestion that additional night flights at Manston would have made any difference to their decision.

Their decision, Flybe made clear, was based on the location of Manston. Flybe spokesman Niall Duffy said: “It is fair to say that Manston is one of the smaller airports in the UK and you have Gatwick not too far away.”

FOR FULL STORY SEE THANET WATCH FEBRUARY ISSUE IN NEWSAGENTS ACROSS THANET NOW

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