Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Manston Quick Flash

Package holiday company Cosmos has confirmed it has pulled the plug on its planned flights to the US from Thanet's Manston Airport.

The tour giant, which promised to make the Thanet airport a major departure point for flights to the United States, has failed to sell enough seats both in the UK and US.

It is understood the flights to and from Virginia had sold just 600 tickets in the UK - and a mere 200 in the US. That represents just ten per cent of the tickets available for the planned weekly service.

Ed: I thought this might happen - In fact as I was pretty sure it would! Which way Manston now I wonder?

12 comments:

Eastcliff Richard said...

So the only things flying from Manston are dead ducks!

DrMoores said...

No.. with investment capital from an anonymous Ramsgate media tycoon, I plan to expand Airads to include daily shuttle flights to Le Touquet and Citie Europe in Calais with a fleet of new aircraft. This will include three C130 Hercules aircraft with shopping surplus Tesco trollies supplied, to be filled with a personal allocation of beer, baguttes, cheese and cigarettes by enterprising local shoppers.

Flight time to Calais, 9 minutes with a constant service every 90 minutes through the summer months.

Cost per seat.. £15 return and a website will allow passengers to have their "Duty free" packaged and delivered to the aircraft onarrival for collection.

Now that sounds like a business plan!

DrMoores said...

In case you wondered.. "baguttes" are like "Baguettes" but square to fit more easily in the overhead lockers!

tony flaig bignews said...

I too thought this was a non-starter and suggested that, when they first came up with this crazy scheme. Perhaps once you become more ensconced, in local politics as per your recent announcement, maybe you could instil some reality with your Tory colleagues because quite frankly they could use any help going, particularly the "County Tories" who have proven with this scheme and Turner how lacking in basic business skill they are.

Anonymous said...

Manston is ideal for freight. Failing that develop it to bring industry and commerce in.

Eastcliff Richard said...

Don't forget my 3000 Sobranies while you're over there.

DrMoores said...

As long as they fit in the supermarket trolley that's fine. You might even have room leftfor several boxes of Champagne and a large cheese!

That said,cheese smuggling from France in the middle of the summer is a dangerous occupation, as the warm cheese starts giving off toxic fumes by the time one approaches mid-channel and pilots have been known to collapse at the controls as a result. Personally, I think it's always best to tow the cheese on a line nehind the aircraft at a safe distance!

Anonymous said...

I'm the Anon who pointed out the lack of incentives for anyone to got to Virginia, the lack of viable onward connections, the lack of financial sense it made, so I am not surprised they pulled the plug.
Never mind, some KCC people had some free holidays out of it.
Why can't they just fly to Florida, Orlando Sanford once or twice a week, guaranteed full planes if they price it right.
Or try to entice Maxjet away from Stansted - Maxjet is an all first class recliner service to NY.
Once again we need good London to Manston connections before we can persuade business travellers to come down here to catch planes.

DrMoores said...

And quite right you were too sir!
Nice idea in regard to Maxjet... my own view is that to succeed Manston needs to exploit some kind of niche. Trouble is that Biggin is much closer to London for the executive traffic and hordes of wealthy Russians and London City is better placed for STOL traffic from Europe into Docklands. So where does that leave Manston? Cargo...!?

Anonymous said...

Yes, the niche for Manston is Air Freight. We are on the southern tip nearest the continent. We can't travel north, south or east as we would get very wet and therefore we are not in the middle of a catchment area from which to attract custom as it can only come from the west where other airports exist. The big airports are not too concerned with airfreight and to my knowledge there is no one airport dedicated solely to freight. Freight would attract jobs with Freight forwarders, import/export agencies popping up and support industries to maintain aircraft and HGVs. I worked at Manston in the late very 80s and my line mamager then said the place would never make it as a passenger airport of any real substance.

Madpup said...

Virginia? who in they right mind would want to go there? this was a waste of our money again, did a councller have family over there?
or was the brown envlope too large to turn down? ask anybody, even my teen daughter, where should the flights go???
all together now.. FLORIDA, PARIS, NEWYORK, even Irland and scotland are better than POXY VIRGINIA!!!

Madpup said...

Virginia? who in they right mind would want to go there? this was a waste of our money again, did a councller have family over there?
or was the brown envlope too large to turn down? ask anybody, even my teen daughter, where should the flights go???
all together now.. FLORIDA, PARIS, NEWYORK, even Irland and scotland are better than POXY VIRGINIA!!!